Professional singer biography

DAVID HOBSON - Opera Singer

David Hobson is one of Australia’s best-known and favourite opera singers and he can now add dancer to his repertoire. But it’s all been by accident!

Having endeared himself to a mass television audience mentoring Erika Heynatz to victory in series one and placing third with Mimi MacPherson in series two of It Takes Two, David’s dancing skills were put to the test when he appeared in last season’s Dancing with the Stars. It was a brave move as his unique dancing ability had been the subject of discussion but his efforts were rewarded with a final three finish. 

In November 2007 David released his latest album, The Promise - an eclectic mix of classical and contemporary repertoire including two original compositions written by David.

Growing up, David was interested in all forms of music, and in fact began his career fronting rock bands, but he attended the University of Melbourne with the view of becoming an economist or lawyer. The universe, however, had other plans and after television exposure whilst playing pop and jazz music and demonstrating some theatre work he had composed, The Victoria State Opera came knocking! Subsequently and unintentionally, he became an opera singer.

David has sung many lead roles for Opera Australia as a star tenor.  He has also appeared with most of the State opera companies in Australia as well as making numerous concert appearances. Internationally, he has appeared with the San Francisco Opera.

David is also a composer and has proved a huge success in this area with compositions of a music theatre version of Macbeth, the chamber opera Remembering Rosie, and the soundtrack to the film, One Perfect Day, which was awarded Best Score by the Australian Film Critics Association.

He has been invited to perform at major events including the AFL Grand Final, Carols in the Domain, Carols by Candlelight and a concert in the Great Hall, Canberra for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

David has won numerous awards including a MO Award for Operatic Performer of the Year, the Sydney Critic's Circle Award, The Age Performing Arts Award for Best Performer in Opera, and an Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Award in 1998.



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