David Ireland - Bass-Baritone

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Bass-baritone David Ireland was a member of the National Opera Studio in London during 2016/17, having previously been on the Opera Course of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Robert Dean.

David’s operatic performances have included King René Iolanta, Collatinus The Rape of Lucretia, and Ottavio Le Donne Curiose at the Guildhall and L’Arbre L’Enfant et les Sortileges at the Barbican Centre.

Whilst at the National Opera Studio at Opera North he sang excerpts of Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro, Leporello Don Giovanni and Don Alfonso Cosi fan Tutte, and Peter Hänsel und Gretel and, whilst at the Guildhall, Father Bruno in Julian Philips’ The Tale of Januarie, Nick Shadow The Rake’s Progress, Il Commendatore Don Giovanni, Colline La Boheme and Truffaldino Ariadne auf Naxos. As part of the new ‘Opera Makers’ course at the Guildhall, David created the role of Chorus 2 in Laurence Osborn’s Narkissus and the Reflektions, which he also performed at the Royal Opera House’s Clore Studio and at the Solti Hall in Budapest.

In the concert hall, David has sung the bass solos most notably in the Verdi Requiem in Warwick, Bach Mass in B-Minor at Canterbury Cathedral, Handel’s Messiah (Clonter Opera), Haydn’s Creation (Bristol Choral Society), the Fauré Requiem (Esterhazy Singers) and the Gran Sacerdote Nabucco for Chelsea Opera Group at the Cadogan Hall.

David is currently a Harewood Young Artist at English National Opera, where he has already sung the role of Doctor Bartolo The Barber of Seville.  Most recently, he made his French debut as Kuligin Katja Kabanova for the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy, followed by his debut at the Opéra de Montpellier as the Gran Sacerdote Nabucco, in between which he sang Achilla Giulio Cesare with Bury Court Opera.

Future plans include Colline La Boheme and 2nd Armed Man/Priest (plus performances as The Speaker) in The Magic Flute for ENO, a return to France for his Opéra d’Avignon debut as Colline La Boheme, and his debut at Garsington Opera, where he sings Leporello Don Giovanni in the summer of 2019.

Reviews of David Ireland to follow.