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David Parkin


Management: Australasia

The Nixon Tapes, Vivid Live, Sydney Opera House
“…Bass David Parkin (Henry Kissinger) sang with appealing burnished warmth”.
Murray Black, The Australian, June 7 2017

Verdi Requiem, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic
“…David Parkin also issued a chilling reminder that “death shall stun” using his dark, resonant bass voice for sepulchral iterations of “mors”. There was something implacable in Parkin’s demeanour that added to the threat.”
Heather Leviston, Classic Melbourne May 14 2017

Ramphis, Aida, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour
“…David Parkin makes a fine Ramphis, confirming his status as one of the company’s most versatile basses. With his solid voice and stage presence ...”
Clive Paget, Limelight , March 2015

“…Fine bass David Parkin pours forth in rich, resounding tones as high priest Ramfis..”
Simon Parris:, Man in Chair March 2015

Rigoletto, Opera Australia
“…As the moody, philosophical assassin Sparafucile, David Parkin delivers plenty of warm, firm-voiced bass tone. He has all the notes and isn’t afraid to use them…”.
Clive Paget, Limelight Magazine June 2014 

“The role of the Ghost of Samuel, summoned by the Witch of Endor, was marvelously sung by David Parkin in fine bass voice. Tall, looming and imposing he was indeed chilling and terrifying.”
Lynne Lancaster, Arts Hub, December 09, 2008

“Bass David Parkin's unearthly low notes are ideal in his cameo as the Ghost of Samuel.”
Sarah Noble, The Opera Critic, December 03, 2008

David Parkin is the winner of the 2015 Australian Opera Awards Committee Dame Joan Sutherland Award. Other competition successes include winning the 2013 Opera Foundation Australia Vienna State Opera Award, the 2009 Opera Foundation Australia Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship, “Operatunity Oz” competition, a joint production between Opera Australia and the ABC, televised in 2006, and being placed as a finalist in the McDonald’s Operatic Aria. During David’s time in Vienna, among his many cover responsibilities he also performed the role of the Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly for the Vienna State Opera. David studies vocal technique with Glenn Winslade and Sharolyn Kimmorley AM. He also holds a Bachelor of Computer Engineering from the University of Sydney.

David’s 2019 engagements with Opera Australia include performing the roles of Colline (La Boheme) and First Nazarene (Salome).

Most recently David has sung Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet in concert with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra,  Capellio in Capuleti e i Montecchi in concert and Arkel in Pelléas et Mélisande, both for Victorian Opera, Beethoven 9 with West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Verdi Requiem with Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society, Henry Kissinger in The Nixon Tapes (Adams) as part of Vivid Festival, Sydney; as well as Titurel (Parsifal), Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Walter (Luisa Miller), The King of Clubs (The Love for Three Oranges), Sydney Opera House –The Opera and covering the role of Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra), all for Opera Australia.

David’s other roles for Opera Australia include Sarastro (The Magic Flute), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), the King (Aida) and Ramfis in Aida (Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour), Frate (Don Carlos), Basilio (Barber of Seville), Colline (La bohème), Angelotti (Tosca), Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Horn (Un ballo in maschera) for which he received a Green Room Award nomination for Best Male in a Supporting Role and Sparafucile (Rigoletto). He has also covered the roles of Bonze in Madama Butterfly, Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlos and Dr Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro for the company and sung Sparafucile (Rigoletto) for Opera Queensland; Alcade (La forza del destino) and the King (Aida) for State Opera of Australia; Samuel (David and Jonathan) for Pinchgut Opera and Ferrando in Il Trovatore for West Australian 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; Opera in the Arboretum, Pearl Beach; and Opera in the Vineyards, Stanthorpe.

David Parkin is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au
March 2019
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