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David Hansford

Voice Type:

Bass

Nationality:

British

Country:

Norway

Languages (fluent):

English, Norwegian

Soirée d’Or Scholarship supported by a Joe Lassetter Award (2013)

Musicians Benevolent Fund Postgraduate Performance Award (2010)

Sir Richard Stapley Education Trust Award (2010)

Soirée d’Or Scholarship (2010)

“David Hansford excelled as Bonzo.” Susan Nickalls, Opera Now (2016)

“David Hansford (Major Murgatroyd) also perfect” Jean-Marcel Humbert, ForumOpera (translated from French) (2011)

“David Hansford’s Antonio was expertly delivered.” George Hall, Opera Magazine (2010)

“a consistent, well-projected true bass voice.” Miranda Jackson, Opera Britannia

“youthful and dignified Sarastro, whose sonorous bass... had no problem in the depths” Peter Grahame Woolf, Musical Pointers

ArtDip in Opera
Royal College of Music International Opera School
2011–2013
MMus in Voice
Royal College of Music
2009–2011
PGDip in Composition
Royal College of Music
2007–2009
BMus (hons) 1st Class in Composition
Birmingham Conservatoire
2003–2007

Born in Dorset, England, bass David Hansford studied at the Royal College of Music International Opera School, and lives in Bergen, Norway. David has performed extensively across the UK, with roles including Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte in several productions, Daland in Der Fliegende Holländer, Colline in La boheme and creating leading roles in numerous contemporary operas.

Since moving to Norway, he has featured as a soloist with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Lera Auerbach’s The Infant Minstrel, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia), Bergen National Opera (Yamadori/Bonzo in Madama Butterfly), Bergen Cathedral Choir (Christus in Matthäus Passion, Monteverdi’s Vespers and the extensive basso profondo solos in Rautavaara’s Vigilia), Collegium Musicum (Bach’s Wiehnachtsoratorium) Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (Yamadori in Madama Butterfly) and the Philip Glass Ensemble (basso profondo soloist in Powaqqatsi).

In the 2017-18 season he will sing Montano Otello for Bergen National Opera/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Messiah for Bergen Cathedral Choir.

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