David Miller (tenor)

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David Leigh Miller
Background information
Birth name David Miller
Born (1973-04-14) April 14, 1973 (age 42)
San Diego, California, United States
Genres Classical crossover; opera; romantic
Occupation(s) Musician, actor
Instruments Singing, electronic drum
Years active 2000–present
Labels Syco Music, Sony BMG, Columbia Records
Associated acts Il Divo

Autograph of David Miller

David Miller (born April 14, 1973) is an American tenor. Since 2004, he has been a member of the successful classical crossover group Il Divo, who has sold over 28 million copies worldwide.[1]

Musical career[edit]


Miller was born in San Diego, California, but raised in Denver, Colorado. Miller was a member of the Colorado Children's Chorale[2] and is a 1991 graduate of Heritage High School.[3] He starred in high school productions as the Rooster in Annie and Noah in Two by Two. Uninterested in his father's suggestion that he join the military, David went on to Oberlin Conservatory of Music,[4] where he graduated in 1995 with excellent grades and degrees in Vocal Performance and Opera Theatre. Miller was a member of the Pittsburgh Opera Center in 1996-7.[5] He first came to attention after his highly acclaimed Washington Opera debut in March 1997 as Alfredo in Giuseppe Verdi's La traviata.

On May 6, 1998 he performed, along with other opera singers, for President Bill Clinton in the White House.

In 1999, he appeared with the Los Angeles Opera in the role of Tybalt in Thor Steingraber's production of "I Capuleti e i Montecchi" by Vincenzo Bellini. He reprised this role at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile, and at the Savonlinna Festival in Finland.

In 2000, he made his debut with Opera Australia and at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, singing Tony in West Side Story. In 2003, he sang with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Audra McDonald at the Hollywood Bowl in excerpts from West Side Story.[6]

Miller made his debut in the Vlaamse Opera as Cassio in 2001 and 2002.[7] In addition he performed in Jules Massenet's Manon in Teatro Verdi in Trieste[8] under the baton of Daniel Oren. In the USA, he sang the title role in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffman at the now-defunct Connecticut Opera in Hartford, Connecticut. He also interpreted the role of Percy in Donizetti's Anne Boleyn at Pittsburgh Opera with John Mauceri during 2000/2001. During the 2002/2003 season he performed in the world premiere of the opera Vita by Marco Tutino at Teatro alla Scala in Milan. He has worked with American opera companies in several roles, including Des Grieux in Manon, Romeo in Romeo et Juliette, Werther, Alfredo in La Traviata and Tamino in The Magic Flute with Opera Pacific.

His best known work to date is considered to be his role as Rodolfo in Baz Luhrmann's 2002 version of Puccini's La Boheme.[9] This show modernized the opera in an effort to lure young audiences to Broadway.[10] Luhrmann staged a Broadway show as he did with Moulin Rouge! and his Romeo et Juliette. Luhrmann's version of La bohème premiered in Sydney ten years before it debuted on Broadway. David was one of 3 Rodolfos in the original Broadway cast.

Outside of Il Divo he has also taken roles such as Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Belmonte in Abduction from the Seraglio and Tom Rakewell in The Rake's Progress.

In December 2007, while Il Divo was taking a break from their world tour, David made a return to the classical opera stage. He performed in recital with the Chicago Pops Orchestra, singing a variety of tenor arias as well as some show tunes and Christmas favourites. Additionally, Miller performed the duet Time to Say Goodbye along with his then girlfriend (now wife), soprano Sarah Joy Miller.

David Miller.
David Miller

Il Divo[edit]

Main article: Il Divo

In December 2003, he became a member of the international musical quartet Il Divo along with Swiss operatic tenor Urs Bühler, French pop singer Sébastien Izambard, and Spanish baritone Carlos Marín. Their first album, called Il Divo became a worldwide multiplatinum selling record when released in November 2004, entering Billboard at number four and selling five million copies worldwide in less than a year and knocking Robbie Williams from the number one spot in the charts. Their second album, Ancora, was released on November 7, 2005 in the United Kingdom. Il Divo's third album, Siempre, was released on November 21, 2006 in the United States and on November 27, 2006 internationally. Their next album, The Promise, was released on November 10, 2008 (world) & November 18, 2008 (US), and shot straight to number 1 in the UK.

Il Divo in concert from Coliseum of Pula, in 2008.

Personal life[edit]

David Miller, he sang at Wolf Trap under the name David Leigh Miller in 1996. Miller is married to soprano Sarah Joy Miller, a member of the Three Graces, since 2009.[11] They live in New York's financial district with their dog, Cosmo, a Maltese-Havanese mix.[12]



  1. Baz Luhrmann's La Bohème – Highlights from the 2002 Original Broadway Cast

Il Divo[edit]

Main article: Il Divo
  • Studio album:
  1. 2004 – Il Divo
  2. 2005 – Ancora
  3. 2006 – Siempre
  4. 2008 – The Promise
  5. 2011 – Wicked Game
  6. 2013 – A Musical Affair
  7. 2015 – Amor & Pasión
  • Seasonal album
  1. 2005 – The Christmas Collection
  • Compilations:
  1. 2012 – The Greatest Hits
  • Live Album:
  1. 2009 – An Evening with Il Divo: Live in Barcelona
  2. 2014 – Live in Japan
  • Special Editions:
  1. 2005 – Il Divo. Gift Edition [13]
  2. 2006 – Il Divo Collezione[14]
  3. 2006 – Christmas Collection. The Yule Log[15]
  4. 2008 – The Promise. Luxury Edition[16]
  5. 2011 – Wicked Game. Gift Edition[17]
  6. 2011 – Wicked Game. Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set[18]
  7. 2012 – The Greatest Hits. Gift Edition[19]
  8. 2012 – The Greatest Hits. Deluxe Limited Edition[20]
  9. 2014 – A Musical Affair. Exclusive Gift Edition[21]
  10. 2014 – A Musical Affair. French Versión[22]
  11. 2014 – Live in Japan. Japan Versión[23]
  • Videography

Il Divo[edit]

  1. 2004 – Live at Gotham Hall
  2. 2005 – Encore
  3. 2005 – Mamá[24]
  4. 2006 – The Yule Log: The Christmas Collection [15]
  5. 2006 – Live At the Greek Theater
  6. 2008 – At the Coliseum
  7. 2009 – An Evening with Il Divo: Live in Barcelona
  8. 2011 – Live in London
  9. 2014 – Live in Japan



  1. ^ "Il Divo crowned Silver Clef winners". March 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ http://www.nofunnylawyers.com/2010/06/colorado-childrens-chorale.html
  3. ^ Il Divo :: View topic – Article, Featuring David
  4. ^ Il Divo :: View topic – Little interview with David, Vallejo Times Herald, 25.6.06
  5. ^ http://www.pittsburghopera.org/pages/history-and-alumni
  6. ^ http://www.laphil.com/press/press-release/index.cfm?id=1138
  7. ^ http://vlaamseopera.be/en/#!/productions/otello?mode=overlay
  8. ^ http://www.teatroverdi-trieste.com
  9. ^ Playbill News: THE LEADING MEN: The Tony Rewards
  10. ^ http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20139015,00.html
  11. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/06/fashion/weddings/06VOWS.html
  12. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/15/nyregion/after-cosmos-bark-a-walk-and-a-duet.html
  13. ^ www.ildivo.com (ed.). "Il Divo pública 'Il Divo. Gift Edition'". 
  14. ^ lahiguera.net (ed.). "Se pública 'Il Divo Collezione'. Incluirá los CDs: Il Divo, Ancora y The Christmas Collection, y el DVD Encore". 
  15. ^ a b www.ildivo.com (ed.). "Il Divo pública 'Christmas Collection. The Yule Log'". 
  16. ^ "Il Divo pública 'The Promise. Luxury Edition'". 
  17. ^ www.ildivo.com (ed.). "Il Divo pública 'Wicked Game. Gift Edition'". 
  18. ^ www.ildivo.com (ed.). "Il Divo pública 'Wicked Game. Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set'". 
  19. ^ www.ildivo.com (ed.). "Il Divo pública 'The Greatest Hits. Gift Edition'". 
  20. ^ www.ildivo.com (ed.). "Il Divo pública 'The Greatest Hits. Deluxe Limited Edition'". 
  21. ^ www.ildivo.com (ed.). "Il Divo pública 'A Musical Affair. Exclusive Gift Edition and Calendar 2014'". 
  22. ^ www.ildivo.com (ed.). "Il Divo pública 'A Musical Affair. French Versión'". 
  23. ^ www.ildivo.com (ed.). "Un año después del lanzamiento de su exito álbum inspirado en musicales clásicos, Il Divo vuelve a la carga con una edición muy especial de 'A Musical Affair". 
  24. ^ www.ildivo.com (ed.). "Videoclip de Mamá, de Il Divo". 

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