David Hobson - performed in 2017
Beginning his career in rock and jazz bands, David's potential as a 'classical' singer was discovered by the Victoria State Opera in the 1980's.
He subsequently made his name with Opera Australia in his award winning performance of Rodolfo in La bohème directed by Baz Luhrmann (filmed in the early 1990's to world wide acclaim).
Since then he has gone on to become a well regarded classical performer, major recording artist, most recently a music theatre leading man and a frequent television performer on shows like Carols By Candlelight, Carols in The Domain, Spicks and Specks, Dancing With the Stars (finalist in 2007), It Takes Two (winning with model/singer Erika Heynatz – 2006 and Comedian/TV host Julia Morris – 2008) and a presenter on Foxtel’s Studio. He has performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in the Great Hall in Canberra and sung at the AFL Grand Final.
His many roles include Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Tamino (The Magic Flute), Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Count Almaviva (The Barber of Saville), Nadir (Pearl Fishers), Lindoro (L'Italiana in Algeri), Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Nemorino (l'elisir d'amore), Eisentein (Die Fledermaus), Danilo (The Merry Widow), Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance) Nanki-Poo (The Mikado), Marco (The Gondoliers), Ralph Rackstraw (H.M.S. Pinafore), the Defendant (Trial by Jury), the title roles in Orphee and Candide, The Architect in the world premiere of The Eighth Wonder and, most recently, Caractacus Potts in the Australian premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
His international roles include Chevalier Danceny in Dangerous Liaisons with Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson for San Francisco Opera
David has received many awards including The Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship, Operatic Performer of the Year/MO Awards, Sydney Critics' Circle Award, The Age Performing Arts Award (Best Performer in Opera) and an ARIA Award. He is Musica Viva's In Schools Ambassador, an Ambassador for Heart Kids and Patron of the Ballarat Arts Foundation.
It was with immense pleasure that we welcomed David Hobson to perform for us at the 2017 of Opera in the Arboretum.
David Hobson is managed by Kathryn Morrison Management.
Biography courtesy of Kathryn Morrison Management © 2016.
(Video circa 1990 - Youtube - Hymnforlorca 2008)