Everlita Rivera-David has been highly acclaimed by international music critics for her dramatic stage presence and a sonorous voice even as a teen-age soprano during her stint with the world-touring Baranggay Philippine Dance Company, Everlita Rivera-David decided to pursue a double-major in Music and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines. In the 70's, Manila audiences knew her as one of the rising stars of the hit TV musical show, "Aawitan Kita". She later finished a Bachelors Degree in Music at the University of Hawaii and then moved to Los Angeles in the 80's to finish a Masters Degree in Music at the University of Southern California. She graduated with honors at all three Music Schools for her outstanding vocal artistry.
She was a finalist to the Pan Pacific Metropolitan Opera Auditions and a winner of the L.A. National Teachers of Singing Voice Competitions. Later she was sponsored by the Concert Artists Guild to do a solo recital for the Summer Festival of Music at the Lincoln Center in New York. Her operatic debut as "Cio-Cio-San" in Puccini's Madame Butterfly with the UCLA Performing Arts Theater, opened the door for her to sing the same role fifteen times in Germany, Switzerland, & Netherlands as a guest soprano of the Compagnia d'Opera Italiana (Milan, Italy).
Her performances were given rave reviews among which read:
She was chosen to sing the difficult soprano solos of Francis Poulenc's monumental "Gloria" at the Gala Concert for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Univesity of Southern California. Other solo performances include those with Honolulu Symphony, the Budapest Orchestra, Dominguez Hills Symphony and the Philippine Philharmonic. In 1998, she was honored as a Philippine Centennial Artist Awardee at the Phil-Am Centennial Celebration held in Pomona, CA. She was also listed in the "50 Most Beautiful Voices of the Philippines" published by the National Press Club of the Philippines. Her "Kundiman" recordings have been included in the "Mga Reyna Ng Kundiman" series by the Villar Recording Studios.
- "In the big moments, soprano Everlita Rivera delivers the goods. Once her voice rises from a confident middle register, it soars. " (Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner)
- "Soprano Everlita Rivera fascinated the ear and the heart with her beautiful round tones and a fine instrument that could sing from delicate pianissimos to forceful and dramatic fortissimos." (Thomas Albertsen of "Die Lubbecker" , Lubbeccke, Germany)
- "In Everlita Rivera and her heavenly soprano voice, an ideal Butterfly was found who Puccini himself would have fallen in love with." ( Inge Roenger of "Die Weiden Tag", Weiden, Germany.)
In 1995, she founded the Gospel Philippines Chorale which toured Europe, Philippines and Hawaii to share Jesus Christ as Lord to many people. In 2001, she was invited to sing at the St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy along with the GPC. She is currently serving as the Music Minister of the South Bay Christian Alliance Church. She is the second daughter of Atty. & Mrs. Ramon Rivera, married to hospital administrator David B. David and the mother of one son, Oliver and 3 step-children, Peniel, Daniel & Rachel.