Donald George was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in Franklinon, Louisiana, where he studied at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Afterwhich he studied voice in Germany with Prof. Josef Metternich. He has sung in well known opera house such as Opera Bastille, La Scala, Chatelet, Opera Capitole Toulouse. Staatsoper in Vienna, Berlin and Hamburg. Kennedy Center and the Theatre de la Monnaie Brussels. He has also appeared in famous festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, the Jerusalem 3000 Festival, the Blossem Festival with the Cleveland Orchestra and the London “Proms”.
He has sung with the well-known conductors: Kurt Masur, Christoph von Dohnàyi, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Leonard Bernstein, Sir Yehudi Menuhin or Jeffrey Tate. His large selection of CD recordings includes the Verdi “Requiem” under A. Rahbari.“Elias” under K. Masur and also the “Schöne Müllerin” song cycle. A CD of Bernstein’s “Candide” has appeared in which Donald George sings the title role along with a DVD of a live performance. Donald George has also sung Candide previously with Leonard Bernstein conducting.
Donald George is currently an Associate Professor at The Crane School of Music SUNY Potsdam. Guest Artist at West Virginia University. Honored Professor at Shenyang Conservatory in China. He is a recording artist with Delos International whose CDs Love is Everywhere and New Love Must Rise were nominated for a Grammy. And named CD of the year for MusicWeb International 2011. He was named Alum of the year at Southeastern Louisiana University in 2010.
He is currently writing a book of interviews with famous singers entitled Master Singers: Advice from the Stage for Oxford University Press, the world’s largest. Donald George is a member of the board for CMS Northeastern Division. His current CD recording is of the music of the composer Joseph Weigl for The Esterházy Festival in Austria.