Critically acclaimed for his ‘sonorous’ bass voice, David Hansford has performed more than 20 principal roles and regularly appears on stages throughout the UK and increasingly in Europe. Equally comfortable in comic and serious roles, his repertoire ranges from Monteverdi to modern commissions, covering Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, Offenbach and Britten on the way, and his numerous concert performances cover everything from Bach onwards.
In the 2014-15 season David appears as Marquis La Traviata (Opera South), Sciarrone/Carceriere Tosca (English Opera Ensemble), Hangman The Three Wayfarers (Opera Anywhere), Mortimer Wheeler The Archeologist’s Wife (National Museum of Wales/University of South Wales) and Sarastro/Sprecher Die Zauberflöte (Pavilion Opera).
David’s interest in music began aged three when he started learning the piano and increased as he took up the violin, viola and bassoon. After leaving school he studied composition, first at the Birmingham Conservatoire and later at the Royal College of Music, and when it became clear that his future lay on the opera stage he enrolled in the postgraduate course in voice at the RCM and progressed from there into the Opera School.
Since graduating, David has performed a wide range of roles, with personal highlights including Daland in Der Fliegende Holländer with the Slaithwaith Philharmonic Orchestra and Focus Opera, Sarastro in a number of productions of Die Zauberflöte and creating leading roles in several contemporary operas.
He is also a regular fixture as a soloist on the concert platform and continues to be active as a choral singer, where is frequently called upon to produce the extremely low notes in Rachmaninov Vespers and Mahler Resurrection Symphony and works extensively with Edvard Grieg Kor in Norway.