David Shipley


"...David Shipley impressed, resonant and full of authority as the mysterious Monk loitering in the candled cloisters."


"Around them is a host of superbly characterised figures, notably David Shipley’s deep-voiced and black-hearted suitor Antinous"

The Times

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British bass David Shipley is a graduate of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where his roles included Arthur and Officer III The Lighthouse, Captain Eugene Onegin, Sciarrone Tosca, Guccio Gianni Schicchi, and High Priest of Baal Nabucco. Other roles at the Royal Opera House include Second Armed Man Die Zauberflöte, Antinoo Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Zuniga Carmen, Dr Grenvil La traviata and the Nightwatchman Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

Elsewhere, Shipley has performed as a soloist with such ensembles and conductors as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Monteverdi Choir, the Classical Opera Company, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Andrew Davis and Sir Mark Elder, and at venues including Paris’s Salle Pleyel, Barcelona’s L’Auditori, the Kölner Philharmonie, Kings Place, Cadogan Hall, the Barbican, Christ Church Spitalfields, and the Royal Albert Hall.

In the 2020-21 season he makes his house debut at Opernhaus Zürich (Prince Gremin Eugene Onegin), and sings Sarastro Die Zauberflöte for Glyndebourne.

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Sarastro, The Magic Flute

Glyndebourne, November 2020

David Shipley’s youthful, nobly sung Sarastro [...] was balm for the ears.

Hugh Canning, The Times, 8 November 2020

Sarastro (David Shipley, his plush bass tones alluring)

Opera Magazine, January 2021

Sparafucile, Rigoletto

Houston Grand Opera, October 2019

The cast is finely rounded with bass David Shipley's chasm-deep Sparafucile, the very picture and sound of opportunistic assassin...

D.L. Groover, Houston Press, 19 October 2019

Musically speaking, “Rigoletto” is an excellent showcase for the lower registers... British bass David Shipley, as assassin-for-hire Sparafucile, deliver fine performances...

Chris Gray, Houston Chronicle, 21 October 2019

Mozart Requiem

BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Albert Hall, August 2019

David Shipley’s sonorous-yet-edgy bass was the clearest of all, and, when accompanied by Donal Bannister’s superbly nuanced trombone solo, made for an excellent ‘Tuba mirum’.

Barry Creasy, musicOMH, 7 August 2019

David Shipley controlled bass was sonorous and precise. The four soloists were expressive and showed beautiful control, especially during the 'Recordare'.

Aliya Al-Hassan, BroadwayWorld, 8 August 2019

Each brought a special flavour and colour to the ensemble... David Shipley as a robust, intrepid sheet-anchor of a bass.

Boyd Tonkin, The Arts Desk, 8 August 2019

A Monk/Charles V, Don Carlo

Grange Park Opera, June 2019

David Shipley is the Monk/Charles V, whom he invests with authority

Valeria Vescina, Seen and Heard International, 8 June 2019

David Shipley made a strong impression as the monk at the start and the ghost of Charles V at the end

Mark Ronan, The Article, 10 June 2019

David Shipley was aptly firm voiced and other-worldly as the Monk / Charles V

Robert Hugill, Opera Today, 10 June 2019

...David Shipley impressed, resonant and full of authority as the mysterious Monk loitering in the candled cloisters.

Mark Pullinger, Opera magazine, August 2019

Il ballo delle ingrate, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment cond. Christian Curnyn

Kings Place, 10 January 2019

bass David Shipley nobly resonant as Pluto

Richard Fairman, Financial Times

L'enfant et les sortilèges, London Symphony Orchestra cond. Rattle

Royal Albert Hall, August 2018

The Proms surtitles came into their own and prompted many a chuckle, although singers like the underused Elizabeth Watts and David Shipley sang in exemplary French and with such clarity that in their case they were only needed for translation purposes.

Mark Valencia, Bachtrack, 19 August 2018

The Return of Ulysses, Royal Opera at the Roundhouse

The Roundhouse, January 2018

Around them is a host of superbly characterised figures, notably David Shipley’s deep-voiced and black-hearted suitor Antinous

Richard Morrison, The Times, January 2018

David Shipley giving a strong, earthy bass as the suitor Antinous

David Karlin, Bachtrack, January 2018

he fluent bass of David Shipley (Antinous) and the pretty soprano of Francesca Chiejina (Melantho) gave special pleasure in an altogether well integrated cast, expertly supported by Christian Curnyn and the Early Opera Company’s chamber orchestra.

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, January 2018

David Shipley was familiar from his beautifully sung Night Watchman in the ROH Meistersinger in 2017, and his richly compelling tone again gave continuous pleasure.

Melanie Eskenazi, MusicOMH, January 2018

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