Sydney Opera House

David Hamilton


A tenor with a distinguished career in the fields of opera, oratorio and concert repertoire, David Hamilton is originally from Scotland, where he graduated in Singing and Flute at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama; he has built a strong reputation and performed extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand and Germany and the UK.

He moved to Sydney in 1979 and there he was an early member of The Song Company (Australia’s premier a cappella vocal ensemble) for 7 years after which he became a freelance artist.  Performances have included the tenor solos in most of the major oratorios with all the major orchestras in Australia and New Zealand; he has also performed to critical acclaim throughout Asia and at many theatres and festivals.  He was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in 2001.

David's repertoire encompasses an extraordinarily wide range - from Handel's Messiah and Haydn's Creation to 20th century masterpieces such as Britten's War Requiem and Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius.

Operatic tenor roles have included Britten's Albert Herring (Albert Herring), The Turn of the Screw (Quint) and The Rape of Lucretia (Male Chorus); Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (Tamino) and Wagner's Das Rheingold (Loge)

In 2007, David moved to Germany and, during his time there, he sang the title roles in Mozart's Idomeneo in Neu Munster and Wagner’s Lohengrin for Saarbrucken Opera House.  In the latter role, he understudied the great German tenor Peter Seiffert in Luxemburg.

Whilst based in Europe, he also sang various choral and lieder concerts including songs by Schubert, Haydn and Beethoven.  He recorded Beethoven’s Scottish Lieder for Brilliant Classics in 2008.

2011 appearances have included Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Panama City and for the Edinburgh Festival, Schubert’s masterpiece Die Winterreise, the tenor role in Ricci’s Le Prigione di Edimburgo, Dvorak’s Die Geisterbraut and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Berliner Cappella Choir in Berlin and Lübeck.

In 2012, David Hamilton returned to Sydney where he accepted a contract as a principal artist with Opera Australia; he also appeared in concert in New Zealand and give lieder recitals in Auckland and Wellington.