David Shipley


"...David Shipley, a true bass who — duetting with the outstanding horn player Anneke Scott — gives a rambunctious performance of the Quoniam."


"David Shipley’s Arthur was possessed of as well as by frightening fanaticism, all founded upon a splendidly deep bass voice."

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David Shipley is a recent 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. Recent roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden include Clerk 3/Policeman 4/ Speculator/Respectable Lady’s Son in Shostakovich’s The Nose, Sergeant Manon Lescaut, Dr Grenvil La traviata, Flemish Deputy Don Carlo, 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, at venues including Paris’s Salle Pleyel, Barcelona’s L’Auditori, the Kölner Philharmonie, Kings Place, the Cadogan Hall, the Barbican, Christ Church Spitalfields and the Royal Albert Hall.

Engagements in the 2017-18 season include Second Armed Man Die Zauberflöte, Antinoo Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Zuniga Carmen (all for the Royal Opera House) and Sandoval Le duc d’Albe.

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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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