Photo by Bridget Elliot

Photo by Bridget Elliot

Born in Sydney, David Hansen studied singing with Andrew Dalton at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, furthering his studies with James Bowman and David Harper. In 2004, he made his European debut for the Aix-en-Provence Festival in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.

Other operatic roles include Bertarido in Rodelinda (Teatro Arriaga, Bilbao), Trinculo in Thomas Adès’ The Tempest (Santa Fe Opera), Handel’s Julius Caesar (Theater an der Wien, Norwegian National Opera, Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, and Victorian Opera), L’Orfeo (Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin), Athamas in Semele (Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels), Nerone in The Coronation of Poppea (Victorian Opera and in Spain at Teatro Calderón, Valladolid) and Ottone in Vivaldi’s Griselda (Pinchgut Opera).

Concert highlights have included Carmina burana with the Berlin Philharmonic, Solomon with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Britten’s Canticles in the Konzerthaus, Vienna.

David’s recordings include Purcell: Music for Queen Mary with the Academy of Ancient Music and the Choir of King’s College Cambridge (EMI Classics) and Vivaldi’s Griselda, recorded on Pinchgut Live. His debut solo recording, Rivals, was released by Sony in August this year.

Recent engagements have included a recital for the Hobart Baroque Festival in Tasmania; Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro at the Teatro Verdi in Sassari, Italy; the title role in Hasse’s Piramo e Tisbe for the Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival; the title role in Bontempi’s Il Paride for the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music; Fernando in Vivaldi’s Montezuma under Federico Maria Sardelli; Nerone in The Coronation of Poppea for Teatro Villamarta in Cadiz; Prince Go-Go in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre for Norwegian National Opera; concerts with Nathalie Stutzmann, Roy Goodman, the Brodsky Quartet and Le Concert d’Astrée; and Messiah with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra under Paul Agnew.


David has appeared as Ottone in Griselda (2011) and as Giasone in Giasone (2013) for Pinchgut. 


This bio taken from the last program in which David appeared.