David Ireland - bass

Bass-Baritone David Ireland has recently completed the first year of the prestigious Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, studying with Robert Dean. Before this, David graduated with distinction from the Masters in Performance (Guildhall Masters) vocal course.

 

His concert performances have included Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Paukenmesse, Stabat Mater and Theresienmesse, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Fauré’s Requiem, Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s St. John Passion, Monteverdi's Vespers and was the bass cover for Verdi’s Messa di Requiem in the Barbican Centre, London.

 

David’s opera performances have included the roles of Frank - I pazzi per progetto (UK Stage Premiere), L’Arbre - L’enfant et les sortilèges at the Barbican Centre, Simone - Gianni Schicchi, Sarastro - The Magic Flute, Figaro - The Marriage of Figaro, Sergeant of Police - Pirates of Penzance and chorus roles in Garsington Opera’s 2014 season Vert-Vert and Fidelio, and The Royal Opera’s production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo at the Roundhouse, Camden, also covering CharonIn opera scenes, David has played Nick Shadow - The Rake’s Progress, Curio - Giulio Cesare, Rigoletto,  Truffaldino - Ariadne auf Naxos, Don Alfonso - Così fan tutte, Il Commendatore - Don Giovanni, Colline - La bohème, Don Pasquale and Méphistophélès - Faust.  David also performed the role of Pooh-Bah in an extended national tour of The Mikado and the roles of Giorgio - I puritani and Il Re - Ariodante in a scenes production in Shanghai.

As part of the new ‘Opera Makers’ course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, David created the role of Chorus 2 in Laurence Osborn’s Narkissus and the Reflektions

In 2013, David sang excerpts from the role of Ralph in Bizet’s La jolie fille de Perth for the renowned dramatic soprano Susan Bullock in a masterclass at the new Milton Court Concert Hall in the City of London. 

 

Also a praised recitalist, he was awarded the Concert Recital Diploma for his MMus Final Recital.  A song cycle, Among the Streams, was written for him by Alex Patterson in 2011.  

David is grateful for the support he receives from MDI Associates, Ltd., Medway Music Association and The Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers.

Future plans include Ottavio - Le donne curiose and Collatinus - The Rape of Lucretia at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, an Opera Gala with Clonter Opera, Bach’s Mass in B Minor at Canterbury Cathedral and Verdi’s Requiem in Oxford and Surrey.

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