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.

David’s recent performances include his debuts for Welsh National Opera as Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro and at the Opéra d’Avignon as Colline La bohème, alongside regular appearances for English National Opera in roles including Doctor Bartolo The Barber of Seville, 3rd Priest in Harrison Birtwistle’s The Mask of Orpheus, Colline La bohème and The Speaker and 2nd Armed Man/Priest The Magic Flute.  He has also sung a critically-acclaimed Leporello Don Giovanni at Garsington OperaBrander La Damnation de Faust in concert at the Three Choirs Festival, and made his Paris debut at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées (also as Leporello),  plus 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 Iolanta, Collatinus 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 has just made his Scottish Opera debut as Colline in the company’s critically-acclaimed outdoor production of La bohème, and his future plans include his debut at the Grand Théâtre, Geneva, as Baron Duphol La Traviata, Quince A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Lille, and a return to Avignon as Swallow in Peter Grimes.

 


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