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David Shipley

Jette Parker Young Artist


David Shipley in action.
David Shipley in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, The Royal Opera © 2017 ROH. Photograph by Clive Barda

British bass David Shipley was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2015–17, his roles including Arthur/Officer (The Lighthouse), Captain (Eugene Onegin), Sciarrone (Tosca), Guccio (Gianni Schicchi), High Priest (Nabucco), Sergeant (Manon Lescaut), Doctor Grenvil (La traviata), Nightwatchman (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Flemish Deputy (Don Carlo) and in The Nose. In the 2017/18 Season he returns to sing Second Man in Armour (Die Zauberflöte), Antinous/Time (The Return of Ulysses) and Zuniga (Carmen).

Shipley studied at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with first class honours, and is currently a scholar at the opera course at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Janice Chapman. He has won the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary for Young Singers and is a Classical Opera Company Associate Artist. Engagements include Shepherd/Spirit (Orfeo) with John Eliot Gardiner in Versailles, Billy Budd for Glyndebourne Festival, at the BBC Proms and in New York, Colline (La bohème), Zuniga (Carmen) and Pistol (Falstaff) for the Verbier Festival Academy, Drum-maker (Pinocchio) at GSMD and Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) at RAM.

Shipley has performed as a soloist in venues including Kings Place, Cadogan Hall, Barbican Hall, Christ Church Spitalfields, Royal Albert Hall, Salle Pleyel Paris, L’auditori Barcelona and Cologne Philharmonie, with orchestras and ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, Monteverdi Choir and Classical Opera Company. He has featured in several live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3.

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Five new singers and a stage director to join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2015

3 February 2015
Five new singers and a stage director to join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2015

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