David Oštrek studied singing in Vienna and has since then been a finalist and award winner at numerous singing competitions. In 2010 he made his debut in the title role of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas under Laurence Cummings, followed by Captain Macheath in Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera and Adonis in Blow’s Venus and Adonis, as well as Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at Schlosstheater Schönbrunn.
In 2015 he became a member of the International Opera Studio at the Berlin State Opera and since 2018 he has been a permanent member of the ensemble there. His engagements there include Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Roderick Usher in the world premiere of Annelies Van Parys’s Usher, a work developed out of Debussy’s fragmentary The Fall of the House of Usher, Tisiphone in Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie, Lakai in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, and also in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande and Jörg Widmann's Babylon.
Guest appearances included Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Count Ceprano in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Bregenz Festival, Dulcamara in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore in Daegu, the title role in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in Stadttheater Wels, Zoroastro in Handel’s Orlando in Dubrovnik, as well as Monk in Verdi’s Don Carlo and Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen at Staatstheater Braunschweig.
Upcoming projects in Berlin include Nicolai’s Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor under Daniel Barenboim, Leporello in Don Giovanni, the title role in Usher, as well as Strauss’s Salome, Verdi’s Rigoletto and La traviata, and Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina. He makes his Irish National Opera debut as Alidoro in Rossini’s Cinderella/La Cenerentola.