Melbourne-born David Corcoran completed Psychology at Deakin University before commencing singing studies with John Lander in 2002. In 2004, he moved to Sydney, undertaking the Diploma of Opera at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Dr Rowena Cowley.
David was a member of the Opera Australia Chorus from 2005 to 2007 and during this time his roles for the company included Giuseppe in La traviata and Lover in Il tabarro. He also covered Tobias in Sweeney Todd, Oronte in Alcina, The Young Collector in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Luiz in The Gondoliers.
David has been the recipient of the Ronald Dowd Memorial scholarship (2005), the Helpmann Family Scholarship (2004 and 2005) and Opera Foundation Australia’s 2006 Italian Opera Award which enabled him to travel to Pisa in 2007 to work at the Accademia di Musicale di Pisana, followed by performances of Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore at the Galati Theatre, Romania. More recently, he won the prestigious 2007 McDonald’s Performing Arts Challenge Operatic Aria Award.
In 2008, David’s roles for Opera Australia included Parpignol in La bohème,and Worldly Glory, Celestial Messenger and Usher in The Pilgrim’s Progress, and his role debut as Lieutenant Pinkerton in Oz Opera’s Madama Butterfly. David also sang in the hugely successful Twilight at Taronga series and in Classical Spectacular for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
David became a member of the Moffatt OxenbouldYoung Artist Program in 2009 and during this time, his roles for the Company included Zinovy Ismailov in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Lieutenant Pinkerton in Oz Opera’s Madama Butterfly, Bob Boles in Peter Grimes along with the 2009 NYEOA Gala Concert and Haydn’s Creation for Sydney Philharmonia.
Other roles he has also performed for Opera Australiainclude Nick in La Fanciulla del West, Borsa, Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, David in the world premiere seasons of Brett Dean’s Bliss in Melbourne, Sydney and at the Edinburgh Festival, Rodolfo in La bohème, Captain/Hippolytus/Narrator in The Love of the Nightingale, Carlson in Of Mice and Men.
This year David’s engagements include Pong in Turandot, Victorin in Die tote Stadt, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and Narraboth in Salome with Opera Australia, and a return to Sydney Philharmonia for their Rodgers and Hammerstein program, Something Wonderful, and 2013 engagements will include Don José in Carmen (Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour).
David Corcoran is Opera Australia's ambassador for the Asthma Foundation of NSW