“Polished singing and Charismatic presence…David Babinet delivered his aria with considerable aplomb”
Chazzan – Claissical Singer – And His Journey
David Babinet, operatic baritone and chazzan, shares his story from his residency as an artist at the Los Angeles Opera and three years later making his debut as a professional chazzan. With noteworthy directness and liveliness, David keeps his audiences captivated with his accounts of the intense training, ruthless competitive atmosphere and performance requirements of professional opera life. He relays his personal breakthroughs and accomplishments during his years as a freelance opera singer and his three years at the Los Angeles Opera working alongside legendary operatic tenor Placido Domingo, international diva soprano Anna Natrebko and world famous bass Samuel Ramey.
My Teshuvah Journey: Steps to Self-Discovery
from the Los Angeles Opera to the Synagogue Pulpit
He lived the glamorous life of a professional opera singer. Traveling the world and rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous, he loved the attention, the fast pace and the fascinating people but he was increasingly aware of a blankness in his heart and an emptiness in his soul. As David reacquainted himself with the teachings, values and practices of Jewish life he began to see what was missing. In his intimate presentation, David shares the steps that have led to his own spiritual journey where he has found a deepening sense of contentment and a renewed sense of purpose.
David’s programs are a unique combination of motivational speaking and a real life operatic performance. Audiences are awed by the emotion David is able to express through his unique performances incorporating beautiful classical singing and the insights he shares from his inspiring spiritual journey. David’s vast musical repertoire spans from opera to popular classical songs, to broadway and of course to the well known Yiddish songs, chazzanus and Chassidic nigunim.
Some of the pieces you may hear David perform are: The Toreador Song from Carmen, O Sole Mio, Granada, If I were a Rich Man, To Life To Life L’Chaim from Fidler on the Roof,A Yiddishe Mame, Sheyibone Beis Hamikdosh by Kossouvitsky among many other favorites.
David’s charismatic presentation style have made him a much sought after chazzan, singer and speaker for college, synagogue and religious groups who are intrigued by the unlikely narrative of his personal story and by the inspiration of listening to his beautiful baritone voice.
“Phenomenal performer, a hartziger person and a great entertainer. David is a must have for any community event; he will leave your crowd thoroughly satisfied and inspired.”
-Rabbi Simcha Backman of the Chabad of Glendale, California