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A professional singer for forty- plus years, David Goulet sang his first solo in public at the age of four at midnight mass in St. Theresa's church in Mexico Maine. It turns out that this was his first epiphany.
Throughout the growing-up years, he was active mainly as a member of the parish children's choir with an occasional solo on special holy days and feasts. During this time David was able to hone his skills in french and latin since St Theresa's was a bi-lingual school. He was speaking two kinds of french daily: the dialect spoken by his grandparents and proper french at school since several of the nuns were from France. He became an altar boy at seven. In those days the liturgy was all in Latin and altar boys were expected to know all the liturgy and what the meaning was. The pastor, Father Anciaux, who came from an aristocratic family in Belgium, personally oversaw the Latin and it had to be flawless. All this helped very much when he finally decided to pursue a career as a classical singer
David had his first voice lesson when he was about a month short of his twenty-first birthday with Mr Marshall F Bryant. From that day he was on fire to learn more and for three years he hitch-hiked from Mexico to Portland every Monday for his lessons. Soon he began to sing professionally as soloist with Choral Organizations in Maine and New Hampshire. He gave his debut recital in the beautiful chapel at State Street Church in Portland in October of 1964. After moving to Portland in 1965 he began to prepare for bigger things like opera competitions and auditions. In 1969 he was a finalist in the New England regionals of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. Later that year he made his professional opera debut with Sarah Caldwell's Opera Company of Boston in The Good Soldier Schweik by Robert Kurka.
His favorite roles in opera: Rodolfo in Boheme, Don Jose in Carmen, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. Oratorio: Messiah, Judas Maccabaeus, Samson, Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Verdi Requiem, Stravinsky's Les Noces, Vaughan-Williams Hodie
By the early seventies David began to perform in musicals and plays. Summer theaters and regional theaters. Down East Players, Ram Island Arts Center,Maine State Music Theater, Theater by the Sea in Portsmouth New Hampshire, Portland Stage Company, Russell Square Summer Theater, Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn New Jersey, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and Nederlander's Birmingham Theater in Birmingham Michigan
His favorite roles in musicals are Tony in Most Happy Fella, Mr. Snow in Carousel, Moonface Martin in Anything Goes, Padre in Man of La Mancha, Herr Schultz in Cabaret, Schlegel in Carnival, Nicely-Nicely in Guys and Dolls, Doolittle in My Fair Lady.
David Goulet attended Oglebay Opera Institute, a training program for young opera singers, directors and coaches run by Boris Goldowsky. He has appeared as a soloist with Portland Symphony many times, and in leading roles with Portland Stage Company in 12 productions. He played Marcel Beausoleil in the PBS series The Franco File for NHPTV, and sang in many churches in New York and Connecticut as soloist.