THE STORY THUS FAR
Tenor Daevyd Pepper, praised for his soaring tenor and engaging storytelling, is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto Opera School directed by Sandra Horst, where he was a pupil of Soprano Frédérique Vezina.
Daevyd began his musical studies on the saxophone, beginning in elementary school and continuing through secondary school. When he initially auditioned for undergraduate programs it was with the intention of studying saxophone, but during his audition for York University, he performed some musical skills vocally and was recommended, by the professor, to pursue voice. He officially began his vocal studies the following year at York University, in the studio of Soprano Norma Burrows.
Daevyd Pepper is an alumnus of prestigious opera training programs such as: Centre for Opera Studies in Italy and Chautauqua Voice program. His previous opera roles include: Orphée (Orphée aux Enfers), Lenski (Eugene Onegin), Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Johnny Inkslinger (Paul Bunyan), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Oronte (Alcina) and Bénédict (cover; Béatrice et Bénédict).
In February 2017, Daevyd originated the role of Addison Witless in the world’s first zombie opera, Prima Zomie: The Diva that just wouldn’t stay dead, composed by UofT Opera’s renowned student composer collective.
This past fall Daevyd came runner-up in the Toronto Mozart Competition. His other accolades include: 1st Place at the NATS auditions, Best Male Vocalist at Newmarket Voice Festival, Daniel Stainton Memorial Scholarship, Canadian Opera Company Oakville Branch Scholarship and the Helen Simmie Opera Scholarship.
This past summer Daevyd made his debut at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Senator in the Grapes of Wrath, Goro (cover) in Madame Butterfly and chorus in Titus and returned to the Chautauqua program. He finished off the season performing as Rodolfo in OperaMuskoka's production of La bohème.
In the fall he will move to Calgary to join the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist program where he will cover Lenski in Eugene Onegin, sing Spoletta in Tosca and Ferrando in Così fan tutte.