David Howes is a bass-baritone from Limerick where he studied with Olive Cowpar, before completing the BMus at the DIT (now TU Dublin) Conservatory of Music and Drama. He now studies with Robert Dean in London and was a member of Irish National Opera’s ABL Aviation Opera Studio for the 2020-21 season. He is also a graduate of the inaugural Wexford Factory at the Wexford Festival Opera and the Young Artist Programme with Northern Ireland Opera. His oratorio performances include Verdi’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Choral Symphony (Co-Orch Dublin), Requiems by Mozart, Fauré and Brahms (Dún Laoghaire Choral Society), Haydn’s The Creation and Handel’s Messiah (Dun Laoghaire Choral Society, and Limerick Choral Union). Last year, for INO, he performed in Robert Coleman’s The Colour Green (part of the company’s critically-acclaimed 20 Shots of Opera) and in March 2021 he covered Colline and performed the role of Doganiere in the INO livestream of Puccini’s La bohème. Other opera roles include Count Ceprano in Verdi’s Rigoletto (Opera Theatre Company), Buff in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor (INO), the title role in Hans Krása’s Brundibár (Killaloe Chamber Music Festival), Prince Yamadori in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Marchese d’Obigny in Verdi’s La traviata (Lyric Opera Productions, Dublin), and the title role in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (Zerere Arts Festival). He also performed Badger and Parson in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen and covered Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Così fan tutte for Longborough Festival Opera in 2021.