David Hibbard is one of Australia’s most successful basses having established an enviable international and national career.
After graduating from the QUEENSLAND CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC and taking further study with Daniel Ferro in New York and with Sir Peter Pears at Aldeburgh he quickly secured a principal contract with ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA appearing in such roles as Achillas in JULIUS CAESAR conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras, Osiridis in MOSES IN EGYPT and Hans Schwartz in DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBURG.
He went to become a contracted principal at the COLOGNE STATE OPERA where his roles included Count Horn in UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Arthur in Maxwell-Davies’ THE LIGHTHOUSE and with which company he toured Japan appearing as The Guard in Shostakovich’s LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK.
He was subsequently appointed as First Bass at the BREMEN STATE THEATRE where his roles included Fiesco in SIMON BOCCANEGRA, Padre Guardiano in LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, Sparafucile in RIGOLETTO, Baron Ochs in DER ROSENKAVALIER, Prince Gremin in EUGENE ONEGIN, Colline in LA BOHEME and Alvise Badoero in LA GIOCONDA.
Other guest engagements in the UK and Europe included Pietro in SIMON BOCCANEGRA for GLYNDEBOURNE FESTIVAL OPERA, Sparafucile in Richard Jones’ production of RIGOLETTO for OPERA 80/ENGLISH TOURING OPERA, he returned to the role of Arthur in THE LIGHTHOUSE for TEATRO LICEU in Barcelona in a double-bill featuring Renata Scotto and gave performances of The Commendatore in DON GIOVANNI for OPERA ZUID in Maastricht.
As a full-time salaried artist at OPERA AUSTRALIA over many years, David Hibbard’s appearances have included Fiesco in SIMON BOCCANEGRO, for performances of which he first returned to Australia on just a day’s notice, Ramfis in AIDA, Monterone in RIGOLETTO, The Speaker in THE MAGIC FLUTE and Publio in LA CLEMENZA DI TITO to name only a few.
More recently he was engaged to sing Fafner in DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN for STATE OPERA OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA in 2004, subsequently appearing for the same company in the principal bass roles of RIGOLETTO, DEAD MAN WALKING, UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, as Ramphis in AIDA and Rocco in FIDELIO.
For OPERA QUEENSLAND, in recent seasons, he has also appeared in THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO as well as THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, MADAM BUTTERFLY, ROMEO & JULIET, LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST and TOSCA, and most recently during 2016, as Basilio in the company’s touring production of THE BARBER OF SEVILLE.
He has sung Don Alfonso in COSI FAN TUTTE for OPERA NEW ZEALAND where, most recently, he appeared as Dr. Grenvil in LA TRAVIATA during 2014; he also gave further performances, during 2014, in COSI FAN TUTTE for SINGAPORE LYRIC OPERA.
David Hibbard has enjoyed an equally impressive concert career having sung performances of Haydn’s NELSON MASS and Schubert’s MASS IN E FLAT MAJOR at London’s ST JOHN’S SMITH SQUARE, Beethoven’s SYMPHONY NO.9 in the BEETHOVENHALLE in Bonn where he has also performed the role of Osmin in concert performances of Mozart’s ZAIDE, he has appeared in the Australian premiere performances of Janacek’s GLAGOLITIC MASS at the Melbourne and Perth festivals, sung the role of Brander in THE DAMNATION OF FAUST, again at the MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL for VICTORIAN OPERA and been engaged for the MESSIAH and the Verdi and Mozart REQUIEM by the QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. Other concert appearances include, most recently during 2016, the CITY OF STONNINGTON’s OPERA IN THE PARK in Melbourne.
His recordings include York Höller’s opera, DER MIESTER UND MARGHERITA for WDR and broadcasts for NORD DEUTSCHE RUNDFUNK.
Engagements during 2017 included the role of the King Of Egypt in OPERA AUSTRALIA‘s OPERA ON THE BEACH production of AIDA.
Roles during 2020 were originally to include Sciarrone in TOSCA for OPERA QUEENSLAND.
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