Bass-baritone David Ireland is currently a young artist at the National Opera Studio in London. He is also studying on the prestigious Artist Diploma course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, taught by Robert Dean, having previously been on the Opera Course.
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 sung scenes from Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro, Leporello Don Giovanni and Don Alfonso Cosi fan Tutte and, whilst at the Guildhall, 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 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’s current and forthcoming projects include Kuligin Katja Kabanova for the Opéra National de Lorraine (Nancy), Father Bruno in Julian Philips’ The Tale of Januarie at the Guildhall, opera scenes with the National Opera Studio at Welsh National Opera, and the Verdi Requiem in Warwick.
Reviews of David Ireland to follow.