David Howes is a bass-baritone from Limerick, where he studied with Olive Cowpar before completing his BMus in Dublin at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. He now studies with Robert Dean in London. He was a member of the inaugural Wexford Factory at the Wexford Festival Opera and also the Young Artist Programme with Northern Ireland Opera.
In opera he created the roles of Jack and Flynn in the world premiere of Andrew Synnott’s opera, Dubliners. This was a co-production between Opera Theatre Company (one of the companies which merged to create Irish National Opera) and Wexford Festival Opera. Other opera roles include the title role in Verdi’s Falstaff (Wexford Factory 2020), the title role in Hans Krasa’s Brundibar (Killaloe Chamber Music Festival), Count Ceprano in Verdi’s Rigoletto (OTC), Buff in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor (INO), Prince Yamadori in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Marchese d’Obigny in Verdi’s La traviata (Lyric Opera Productions, Dublin), the title role in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (Zerere Arts Festival), Sciarrone in Puccini’s Tosca (Wexford Festival Opera ShortWorks), Noye in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, Father Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and Quince in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
In recital, he has performed at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in a new edition of Beethoven’s Irish Airs, and also Brahms’s Liebeslieder at the National Concert Hall.
Future engagements include Badger and Parson in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen at Longborough Festival Opera in August 2021.