With a voice praised for its “dark-hued splendor” (San Francisco Gate), baritone David Rugger is establishing a career in oratorio, early music, and ensemble singing. Equally at home as an ensemble musician and as a soloist, Rugger's repertoire encompasses music written from the Renaissance through to the present day, though he is especially regarded for his interpretation of J.S. Bach.
Highlights for the 2019-2020 season include debuts with the Bach Society of St. Louis, the Vocal Arts Ensemble (Cincinnati), Conspirare, Bourbon Baroque, and Seraphic Fire. Rugger will sing again with Bach Society of Dayton, Bach Akademie Charlotte, and on several Bach cantata series.
He is an alum of the American Bach Soloists Academy and was a Virginia Best Adams Fellow at the Carmel Bach Festival. He has performed under the batons of Dana Marsh, Scott Allen Jarrett, Paul Goodwin, Jeffrey Thomas, Eric Stark, Michael Beattie, and John Butt. Rugger studied voice at Indiana University, where his voice teachers and coaches included Robert Harrison, Steven Rickards, Patricia Stiles, Andrew Rader, and Davis Hart.