David Sadlier has been praised for both his vocal and dramatic abilities and hailed as "one of America's leading dramatic tenors" (Oxford Mail). Dr. Sadlier's opera credits include appearances with the Lyric Opera of Baltimore, Chicago Opera Theater, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, New Orleans Opera, Opera Circle of Cleveland, Opera North, and the Baltimore Concert Opera. Fortunate to be involved in many new works, Dr. Sadlier has performed several world premieres including Loss of Eden (Opera Theater of St. Louis), the title role in Thamos: King of Egypt (Opera Circle of Cleveland), Our Town and the collegiate debut of A View From the Bridge (Indiana University). Most recently, Dr. Sadlier appeared in Tosca with the Lyric Opera of Baltimore and both Carmen and Tosca with The Baltimore Concert Opera. He returned to Opera Circle of Cleveland as Edrisi in Szymanowski's Krol Roger where he also performed Tebaldo in I Capuletti e i Montecchi, and the role of Fritz Kobus in L'Amico Fritz. In addition, the tenor covered the role of Siegmund in Virginia Opera's recent production of Die Walküre. Concert appearances include Beethoven’s Symphony IX with the Consortium Novum in Oxford’s Sheldonian Theater; a world premier song cycle, All ye know on Earth with the St. Anne's Camerata (Oxford); Handel’s Messiah with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Joanne Falletta; Britten's Serenade under the baton of Richard Hughey, Mozart's Requiem with the Battle Creek Symphony, Britten's Saint Nicolas with the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzes with the Lafayette Bach Chorale, Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music with the Indianapolis Symphony, and several performances with the Valley Symphony Orchestra.
Equally at home on the recital stage, Dr. Sadlier has performed many major works including Die schöne Müllerin, Dichterliebe, An die ferne Geliebte, On Wenlock Edge, and Finzi's O fair to see and been featured at major international venues including London’s Church of St. Martin in the Fields, Oxford’s Jacqueline du Pré Music Room and The Schumann-Haus in Zwickau, Germany. Dr. Sadlier collaborates in recital with his wife, pianist and composer, Dr. Lelia Molthrop Sadlier. The duo specialize in theme-specific recitals and past performances have featured songs of William Shakespeare and, most recently, World War I. Additionally, the couple performs Lelia’s original compositions including the one-man opera, The Mountain Whippoorwill.
Dr. Sadlier currently serves as Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley where he teaches applied voice, language diction, and serves as operatic conductor and stage director.
Dr. Sadlier's students have distinguished themselves as winners of regional competitions, and through admittance to nationally and internationally recognized summer training programs and leading graduate programs such as the Manhattan School of Music, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, the University of Michigan, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the Longy School of Music. Dr. Sadlier continues to serve as a guest clinician and recitalist at universities and institutes throughout the country; including Florida State University, The University of Colorado Boulder, Radford University, University of Southern Mississippi, Nicholls State University, SUNY Geneseo, the Interlochen School for the Arts, Montana State University, Western Illinois University, Albion College, and the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory. Dr. Sadlier has also served as a guest-lecturer at St. Anne's College, Oxford.
In the summer of 2011, Dr. Sadlier and his wife founded The Cornish American Song Institute (CASI) based in Falmouth, Cornwall, UK. The Institute is a three-week study of art-song for singers, pianists, and composers. The Institute provides applied music lessons, musical coachings, English Music Classes, tours of historic sites in England, and presents several concerts. In addition, CASI spends one-week in Oxford engaging in lectures and master classes with musical luminaries from around the world. CASI has become a leading training ground for art song performers whose alumni have gone on to distinguish themselves in their young careers.
Dr. Sadlier earned the Doctor of Music degree from The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he continues to study with Andreas Poulimenos. While at IU he served as an Associate Instructor of Voice for four years. Dr. Sadlier also holds a Masters degree in vocal performance from Indiana University as well as a Bachelor of Music from Loyola University in New Orleans.
The Sadlier’s live in McAllen, TX and have two daughters, 2 cats, 2 chickens, 1 cockatiel, and a ridiculous English Bull Terrier named Lavender.