David is the winner of Australia’s Operatunity Oz competition, a joint production between Opera Australia and the ABC which was televised late in 2006. David is also the winner the 2009 Opera Foundation Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship, the 2013 Opera Foundation Vienna State Opera Award and the 2015 AOAC Joan Sutherland Scholarship.
As a principal artist with Opera Australia David’s roles have included Colline (La Bohème), Sarastro (The Magic Flute), Angelotti (Tosca), Ramfis (Aida), Basilio (Barber of Seville), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Count Walter (Luisa Miller), The King of Clubs (Love for Three Oranges), Ken (The 8th Wonder), 1st Nazarene (Salome), Titural (Parsifal), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Henry Kissinger (The Nixon Tapes), Police Commissioner (Der Rosenkavalier) and Count Horn (Un ballo in maschera) — for which he received a Green Room Award nomination for Best Male in a Supporting Role.
David has performed The Imperial Commissioner (Madama Butterfly) and Fafner (Kinder Ring) for the Vienna State Opera; Sparafucile (Rigoletto) for Opera Queensland; Ferrando (Il Trovatore) for West Australian Opera; The King (Aida) and Alcade (La Forza del Destino) for State Opera of Australia; and Samuel (David and Jonathan) for Pinchgut Opera. In 2018 David performed Arkel (Pelleas et Melisandre), Capellio (I Capuleti ei Montecchi) and Frère Laurent (Roméo et Juliette) for Victorian Opera.
On the concert platform David has performed in a Verdi Gala at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, La Fanciulla del West and the Classical Spectacular at the Rod Laver Arena with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Mozart’s Requiem with Queensland Symphony Orchestra; Verdi’s Requiem with Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Royal Melbourne Philharmonic; and Beethoven 9 with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
David Parkin is supported by Opera Society from the Eleanor Blakemore Bequest