Australian tenor and composer David Hobson is one of Australia’s best-known operatic,
concert and stage performers, with a repertoire that spans the gamut of musical styles
from Baroque through to Pop.
David made his name with Opera Australia in his award winning performance of Rodolfo
in La Boheme directed by Baz Luhrmann (filmed in the early 1990s to world wide
acclaim). 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, It Takes Two 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), Count
Almaviva (The Barber of Saville), Nadir (Pearl Fishers), Lindoro (L’Italiana in Algeri),
Eisentein (Die Fledermaus), Danilo (The Merry Widow), Frederic (The Pirates of
Penzance),Marco (The Gondoliers), Ralph Rackstraw (H.M.S. Pinafore), the title roles
in Orphee and Candide, The Architect in the world premiere of The Eighth Wonder and
Aristaeus/ Pluto (Orpheus in the Underworld). His international roles include
Chevalier Danceny in Dangerous Liaisons with Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson
for San Francisco Opera. On the musical theatre stage, he starred as Caractacus Potts
in the Australian premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Much in demand as a concert performer and recitalist, he frequently appears in
oratorios such as Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and orchestral works like
Britten’s Serenade for Tenor and Horn and Zender’s powerful interpretation of
Schubert’s Winterreise. Solo concert highlights include A Little Closer at the Sydney
Opera House Concert Hall and Am I Really Here? at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. He
has also toured nationally with Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Lisa McCune, Yvonne Kenny,
Marina Prior and Rachael Beck.
He has recorded numerous albums with many reaching No 1 chart status and has won
awards including Operatic Performer of the Year, the Sydney Critics Circle Award, The
Age Performing Arts Award for Best Performer in Opera and an Australian Record
Industry Association (ARIA) Award.
Later this year David will play the role of Buddy in the concert version of Stephen