David Howes

Bass-baritone

David Howes is a Bass-Baritone from Limerick where he studied with Olive Cowpar. He then moved on to the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama where he completed the Bachelor of Music degree with 1st class honours. David now studies with Robert Dean and is a graduate of the distinguished Young Artist Programme with Northern Ireland Opera. 

Highlights in oratorio include: Performing the Bass Solo in Verdi’s Requiem at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin with Co-orch Dublin, Dun Laoghaire Choral Society and Cantairí Avondale which was conducted by John Doyle. Other performances in Oratorio include: Puccini’s Messa Di Gloria (Limerick Choral Union), Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (Co-Orch Dublin), Requiems by Saint-Saens, Brahms (Dun Laoghaire Choral Society), Mozart (Belfast Philharmonic Choir and Ulster Orchestra), Stanford and Faure, Haydn’s The Creation and Handel's Messiah (Dun Laoghaire Choral Society), Dettingen Te Deum and Dixit Dominus with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. 

In opera, David has performed the roles of Jack and Flynn in the world premier of Andrew Synott’s opera, Dubliners (A co-production between Opera Theatre Company & Wexford Festival Opera). Other roles include: Title role in Hans Krasa’s Brundibar (Killaloe Chamber Music Festival), Count Ceprano in Rigoletto (OTC), Buff in Der Schauspieldirektor (Irish National Opera), Marchese d'Obigny in La traviata, Prince Yamadori in Madame Butterfly (Lyric Opera, Dublin), Figaro in le nozze di Figaro (Zerere Arts Festival), Peintre and 2nd Philosophe in Charpentier’s Louise (Buxton Opera Festival), Sciarrone in Tosca (WFO), Noye in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, and Quince in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

David has covered Figaro in Irish National Opera’s Inaugural production of le nozze di Figaro, the Title Role and Masetto in Don Giovanni (Northern Ireland Opera) conducted by Nicholas Chalmers and directed by Oliver Mears (Artistic Director of the Royal Opera House, London). In recent years, he has also had the privilege of taking part in masterclasses with musicians of international renown including: Sir Simon Keenlyside, Sir Thomas Allen, Gidon Saks, Ann Murray, Malcolm Martineau, and Ian Burnside.

In recital, David has performed at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in a new edition of Beethoven’s Irish Airs, Lunchtime concerts at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, and Farmeligh House, Dublin, and also, Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzer in the John Field Room at the National Concert Hall.


Longborough debut: Priest & Badger/The Cunning Little Vixen (2020)