I enjoy the cleaning up – something about the getting of things in order for winter – making the garden secure – a battening down of hatches perhaps… It just feels right.
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|Birth:||17th October, 1936|
David Hobson in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Hobson sang with church and school choirs and local music groups as a child, but he was still vocally untrained when he performed as lead singer and bass guitarist with rock bands while studying at the University of Melbourne. However, despite this lack of formal training, after his voice was heard on a demonstration tape of Macbeth he was invited to join the Victoria State Opera, understudying the role of Frederic in the VSO's Joseph Papp version of The Pirates of Penzance in 1986. This led to him becoming a member of the Company's Young Artists Programme, and making his debut as Rodolfo in a Victorian country tour production of La bohème in 1987. In 1988 he made his debut with The Australian Opera when he created the role of Lawrence in the world premiere of Brian Howard's opera Whitsunday.
He is also the composer of Macbeth, Remembering Rosie, The Loch Ard Suite and the award-winning 2004 orchestral score for the Australian film One Perfect Day, as well as a number of songs including Inside This Room and the title song for One Perfect Day. In 1990 he reprised the role of Rodolfo in a new production of La bohème for The Australian Opera, directed by a new young director from NIDA, Baz Luhrmann; this went on to become one of the Company's most successful productions. It was filmed during its 1993 return season and broadcast on ABC TV several times. Released on VHS in 1994, it was to become the first opera available on DVD (1998) and continues to be a best seller worldwide.
In 2008 he made his role debut as Nemorino in Donizetti's The Elixir of Love with the Victorian Opera, and created several roles in their World Premiere season of Through the Looking Glass by Alan John.
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