David Ireland - Bass-Baritone

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. He has covered the roles of Zaretsky Eugene Onegin and Neptune Idomeneo for Garsington Opera and, for the Royal Opera at Camden Roundhouse, Charon in Monteverdi’s Orfeo.

Whilst at the National Opera Studio at Opera North he has 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) and the Fauré Requiem (Esterhazy Singers).

David will be a Harewood Young Artist at English National Opera from the 2017/18 season, this year singing 2nd Armed Man/Priest The Magic Flute and the cover of Doctor Bartolo The Barber of Seville.  This season he will also sing Kuligin Katja Kabanova for the Opéra National de Lorraine (Nancy) and Achilla Giulio Cesare with Bury Court Opera.   

Reviews of David Ireland to follow.