David Ireland - Bass-Baritone

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Bass-baritone David Ireland is currently a Harewood Young Artist at English National Opera.  Prior to that, he was a member of the National Opera Studio in London during 2016/17, following on from the Opera Course of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Robert Dean.

Alongside his work at ENO, where he has already sung the roles of Colline La Boheme, Doctor Bartolo The Barber of Seville, and The Speaker and 2nd Armed Man/Priest The Magic Flute, David’s busy 2019 has seen his debut at the Opéra d’Avignon as Colline La Boheme, a critically-acclaimed Leporello Don Giovanni at Garsington Opera, Brander La Damnation de Faust in concert at the Three Choirs Festival, his Paris debut at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées (also as Leporello), and his BBC Proms debut, as soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, with Martyn Brabbins/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

His other recent appearances include Kuligin Katja Kabanova for the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy, Gran Sacerdote Nabucco at the Opéra de Montpellier, Achilla Giulio Cesare with Bury Court Opera, and King René IolantaCollatinus The Rape of Lucretia, and Ottavio Le Donne Curiose and L’Arbre L’Enfant et les Sortilèges at the Barbican Centre (all whilst a student at the GSMD).

In the concert hall, David has sung the bass solos most notably in Handel’s Messiah at the Lichfield Festival, Verdi Requiem in Warwick, Bach Mass in B-Minor at Canterbury Cathedral, 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’s future plans include Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro for his debut at Welsh National Opera,  3rd Priest in Harrison Birtwistle’s The Mask of Orpheus at English National Opera, and The Chamberlain in Stravinsky’s The Nightingale, again for Welsh National Opera.



For Leporello/Garsington Opera at the TCE, Paris 2019

“Dans l’air du catalogue de Leporello, par exemple, magnifiquement interprété par le baryton David Ireland – voix chaude et technique impeccable – c’est, dans la nouvelle énumération des conquêtes de son maître, qu’il prend soudain conscience du rôle qu’on le force à jouer et qui peut le mener à sa perte.  C’est remarquable de justesse et de finesse.” Forum Opera

For Leporello/Garsington Opera 2019

“Singer of the evening was David Ireland as Leporello – a voice to eagerly follow in the future enhanced by the most natural dramatic gifts.” Opera Now