David Ireland studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, before going on to become a member of the National Opera Studio in London and a Harewood Young Artist at English National Opera.
His many recent performances have included his debuts at the Opéra de Lille as Quince in Laurent Pelly’s acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 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, Sacristan Tosca and The Speaker and 2nd Armed Man/Priest The Magic Flute.
He has also performed a critically-acclaimed Leporello Don Giovanni at Garsington Opera, Brander 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 roles include Kuligin Katja Kabanova for the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy, Gran Sacerdote Nabucco at Opéra de Montpellier, Achilla Giulio Cesare with Bury Court Opera, and King René Iolanta, Collatinus The Rape of Lucretia, 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 appeared as bass soloist most notably in Handel’s Messiah at the Lichfield Festival, the Verdi Requiem in Warwick, Bach’s Mass in B Minor at Canterbury Cathedral, Haydn’s Creation, and the Fauré Requiem. He has also sung the Gran Sacerdote Nabucco in concert for Chelsea Opera Group at the Cadogan Hall.
Summer 2022 saw David sing Duglas La Donna del Lago at the Buxton Festival and his 22/23 season included his debut with Irish National Opera as Gessler Guillaume Tell, and a return to Garsington Opera as Kecal The Bartered Bride.
When not learning scores or performing, David designs products for OperaGarb.com, taking a lighter look at the opera world.
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