ARTS (Music & Voice)

David Hobson
Australia Crest

Operatic tenor, aged 37, from Ballarat, Victoria. David began his career with the Victorian State Opera in 1987, in its young artists program, singing Rodolfo in a country tour of La Boheme. He later played Frederick in the VSO production of The Pirates Of Penzance.

Hobson says:"There's something precarious about being a tenor... You get the big romantic moments, arias that everyone loves, so there's more pressure. Apparently that's why tenors are a little more flaky."

Hobson is currently collaborating on an album, in a Manhattan studio, with another Ballarat boy, composer and musician David Hirschfelder, who is better known for his music in the movies Shine and Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert. The music is somewhere in between classical and pop, with the record company saying:"How exactly do we sell this? We love it - but what exactly is it?"

In recent years he has performed with the San Francisco Opera in Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme.

In 1998, Hobson sung the role of Ferrando in Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte for the Australian Opera in April in Melbourne. Later in the year he performed in Falstaff for the New Israeli Opera.

In February, 1997, David married dancer Amber Simpson.

David is always keen to chat about his beloved Demons - the Melbourne Football Club.

As for the future? He sees himself singing opera and writing his own kind of music with the other David and if fame and fortune settles on him - then so be it!

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