Cantor David Babinet is known for his virtuostic baritone voice and a heartfelt style of davening. He broke onto the chazznus scene just a few years ago and is quickly being recognized as a force to be reckoned with.
Chazzan David Babinet has been titled “The New Voice of Chazanus” by his colleagues and he is rapidly becoming a sought-after chazzan. The New York native holds a masters degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservator of Music in vocal performance and a Bachelors of Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Beginning his career in the classical music field, David was quickly acknowledged as one of the great up and coming voices of the opera world. His widely appreciated talent as a vocalist and performer brought invitations to such internationally noteworthy venues as the Los Angeles Opera where he sang Marcello in La Boheme, and Opera San Jose where he sang Count Almaviva in La Nozze di Figaro, as well as the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel where he sang Ford in the opera Falstaff. David was a member of the Portland Opera resident artist program, a participant in the Chicago Opera Theatre’s young artist program, and a member of the prestigious Los Angeles Opera Resident Artist Program where he performed alongside the famous opera tenor Plácido Domingo in many productions.
Although his career began in the classical music field, he has since moved audiences with his natural ability as a chazzan. His move into cantorial music was inspired while performing in Israel and particularly when he heard Cantor Hershtik in the Great Synagogue of Jerusalem. He later heard Meir Helfgott of the Park East Synagogue and was inspired to make this his profession.
Now, after extensive training in cantorial music, he is quickly being sought after to lead the High Holiday, Yom Tov and Shabbat prayer services in various synagogues and to appear in cantorial concerts around the world. This year he returns to the Center for Jewish Discovery in Manhattan, New York to be the chief cantor for the High Holidays. In previous years, David joined the Chabad of Dobbs Ferry in Westchester, New York to be their cantor for the High Holidays and he visits them regularly for special events. Recently he also joined Congregation Torah Ohr of Boca Raton, Florida for the Hy Levi Memorial Concert along with Cantors David Rosensweig and Yaakov Lemmer. He also made a special concert appearance in Westminster, Colorado with the Chabad of NW Metro Denver.
Cantor Babinet was a winner of the 2003 Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Auditions. He also won first place in the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition, Nunzio Crisci Opera Competition and the Dante Alighieri Society Opera Competition.