8 Mar: Opera in the Orchard with David Hobson



Presented by the Shepparton Festival


David Hobson, one of Australia’s stars of opera, concert and stage, will dazzle in the magnificent surrounds of Findon House Gardens in Turnbull’s pear orchard.


Australian tenor and composer David Hobson is one of Australia’s best-known operatic, concert and stage performers, with a repertoire that spans the gamut of musical styles from Baroque through to Pop.


Beginning his career in rock and jazz bands, David’s potential as a ‘classical’ singer was discovered by the Victoria State Opera in the 1980s. He subsequently made his name with Opera Australia in his award winning performance of Rodolfo in La Boheme directed by Baz Luhrmann (filmed in the early 1990s to world wide acclaim). Since then he has gone on to become a well regarded classical performer, major recording artist, most recently a music theatre leading man and a frequent television performer on shows like Carols By Candlelight, Carols in The Domain, Spicks and Specks, Dancing With the Stars (finalist in 2007), It Takes Two (winning with model/singer Erika Heynatz – 2006 and Comedian/TV host Julia Morris – 2008) and a presenter on Foxtel’s Studio. He has performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in the Great Hall in Canberra and sung at the AFL Grand Final.


His many roles include Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Tamino (The Magic Flute), Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Count Almaviva (The Barber of Saville), Nadir (Pearl Fishers), Lindoro (L’Italiana in Algeri), Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Nemorino (l’elisir d’amore), Eisentein (Die Fledermaus), Danilo (The Merry Widow), Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance) Nanki-Poo (The Mikado), Marco (The Gondoliers), Ralph Rackstraw (H.M.S. Pinafore), the Defendant (Trial by Jury), the title roles in Orphee and Candide, The Architect in the world premiere of The Eighth Wonder and, most recently, Caractacus Potts in the Australian premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. His international roles include Chevalier Danceny in Dangerous Liaisons with Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson for San Francisco Opera.



The Shepparton Festival acknowledges the support of:
Principal Sponsors: Greater Shepparton City Council, Arts Victoria
Major Education Sponsor: La Trobe University
Cultural Partner: State Government Victoria