In 2017, David Michael Moote auditioned for OPERUS, a newly-assembled metal band with lush, symphonic overtones. Differing from most groups, Operus is composed of highly trained musicians and they needed someone with particular skills. In Moote, they struck pure gold.
With a background in classical music, as well as performing in musical theatre, Moote was welcomed as the lead singer. Soon after he joined the band in March, the group recorded their album, Cenotaph. It premieres worldwide this month, under Dark Star Records, an affiliate of SONY. On October 14, the band makes a special appearance at the Rivoli.
Born on Valentine’s Day 30 years ago, Moote has the look of a matinee idol. His handsome features and athleticism belies that fact that he’s a gifted artist. At age 6, he began singing lessons, and by the age of 8, he had joined the Amabile Boys’ Choir in London, Ontario. Throughout high school, he appeared in special productions for students at the Grand Theatre, including musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver, and The Music Man.
More recently, David Michael Moote appeared in the title role of Jesus in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar at Hart House, at the University of Toronto. The show was a hit and after that, he appeared in Oh Canada, What A Feeling!, a flashy musical review of Canadian pop songs. The show played to big audiences at Caesar’s Palace in Windsor, Ontario, and the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto. This past summer, Moote was the lead in a production of the musical Urinetown at the Stephenville Theatre Festival in Newfoundland.
While a central figure in OPERUS, David Michael Moote plans to continue expanding his versatility as a singer, actor, and performer. Hopefully, it won’t be long before we see him on TV and in the movies. Moote is an accomplished song writer, too, so it would come as no surprise if he winds up writing soundtracks as well.
Sample of the Sound:
Tickets at the Rivoli, Saturday, October 14, 2017
Photos by Burke Campbell
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