Critics have called the performances of David William Spiro thrilling, vibrant, extraordinary, dramatic, noble, incisive, and energetic. In recent years, Maestro Spiro has added a number of titles to his extensive repertoire, including Cavalleria Rusticana, Don Pasquale, Madama Butterfly, Otello, and Turandot. He has also led outstanding performances of Aida, Un Ballo in Maschera, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Carmen, Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni, L’elisir d’Amore, Eugene Onegin, Falstaff, Der Fliegende Holländer, Le Nozze di Figaro, Rigoletto, Tosca, and his specialty, La Traviata.
The Albanian-American conductor made his professional debut by leading members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a tribute to his mentor, Leonard Bernstein. Rossini‘s Stabat Mater featured Edda Moser, D’anna Fortunato, Gregory Kunde and Jerome Hines and was hailed as “a tribute worthy of Bernstein”. Maestro Spiro’s interpretation was singled out as “the closest thing to heaven” (The Boston Globe). This was followed by a dynamic performance of Cherubini‘s Medea featuring Sylvia Sass, Rita Gorr, Franco Bonanome and John Macurdy with the Boston Festival Opera.
Spiro began piano studies at age four. His prodigious skills led him to the famed Longy School of Music and, later conducting studies with Piero Bellugi at the New England Conservatory of Music. For years, he assisted Sarah Caldwell at the Opera Company of Boston, becoming versed in the responsibilities of an operatic conductor and artistic director. He served in a similar capacity for with the legendary Nicola Rescigno at the Dallas Opera.
Maestro Spiro founded the Albanian Choral Society of Boston, which was featured in a historic performance at the United Nations. This elicited an unprecedented invitation from the Albanian government for Spiro to serve as United States representative to the National Congress and as well as interact with the Teatri Kombetar i Operas dhe Baletit and the Orkestra Simfonike e RTSH. Media coverage from this event led to an invitation for Spiro to work with Leonard Bernstein, who said Spiro was a “unique talent and will be a great conductor” (The Boston Herald).
In addition to the standard operatic repertoire, Maestro Spiro is a specialist in the 19th-century Italian opera tradition spanning the bel canto and verismo periods and encompassing the Verdi oeuvre. He has prepared most of these works under the guidance of acknowledged experts – specifically Magda Olivero, Francesco Siciliani, and Virginia Zeani – all of whom can trace their lineage back to the composers.