Bass David Soar was born in Nottinghamshire and studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio. He was recipient of the Family Parry Bursary at Welsh National Opera, where he was Associate Artist from 2006-2010. David's roles for WNO have included Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Alidoro (La Cenerentola), Ferrando (Il trovatore), Colline, Doctor (Wozzeck), Escamillo, and most recently, Sparafucile, Nightwatchman (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and Leporello (Don Giovanni).
Other highlights of his 09/10 season included First Workman in Wozzeck with the London Philharmonia under Esa-Pekka Salonen and Le Duc in Romeo and Juliette at the Salzburg Festival.
Engagements in the 10/11 season included the Old Monk in Don Carlo in Bilbao, Quinault in Adriana Lecouvreur for his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Masetto in Don Giovanni for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and Ferrando in Il Trovatore for Welsh National Opera.
In the 11/12 season David performed Masetto in Don Giovanni at Glyndebourne, Leporello in Don Giovanni, the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro and Colline in la boheme for Welsh National Opera. Concert engagements included Handel’s Messiah with the City of Birmingham Choir and with Britten Sinfonia, Belshazzar’s Feast with the Hallé Orchestra, and the Brahms Requiem and Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon with Welsh National Opera. In the summer of 2012 he returned to Glyndebourne for The Fairy Queen.
In the 12/13 season and beyond David sings Signor La Rocca in Un giorno di regno for Bilbao Opera, Basilio in Barbiere di Siviglia for his debut with English National Opera, Mr Flint in Billy Budd and Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, as well as his return for further performances with Welsh National Opera. In November 2012 David made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Masetto in Don Giovanni. He will return to the Metropolitan Opera in the 14/15 season.