Born in Nottinghamshire David Soar studied organ and singing at the Royal Academy of Music. After working as a freelance organist, singer and conductor, including the post of Director of Music at All Saints Paris Church, Kingston, he joined Welsh National Opera (WNO), where he performed a number of roles including Captain & Zaretsky (Eugene Onegin), Doctor Grenvil (La Traviata) and Bertrand (Iolanta).
Following studies at the National Opera Studio, David returned to WNO as an Associate Artist, where significant roles included Colline (La Boheme), Zuniga (Carmen), Bonze (Madam Butterfly), Brander (The Damnation of Faust), Bass (The Seven Deadly Sins), Ferrando (Il Trovatore), Alidoro (La Cenerentola), The King (Aida) and Lodovico (Otello). Other early roles included Banquo (Macbeth), for Opera Holland Park, and Donner (Das Rheingold) for the Lucerne Festival. In 2009 David was the first recipient of the Family Parry Bursary for an Associate Artist at WNO.
In the 2008-09 season David sang several lead roles for WNO, the Buxton Festival, and Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under Sir Charles Mackerras and with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.
Among David’s many concert engagements have been Handel’s Messiah with the English Concert conducted by Harry Bicket, Masetto (Don Giovanni) with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Robin Ticciati, Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with the Hallé Orchestra, and Brahms’ Requiem with WNO.
In the 2009-10 season David sang First Workman (Wozzeck) with the London Philharmonia under Esa-Pekka Salonen, Handel’s Messiah with the Academy of Ancient Music in Utrecht conducted by Richard Egarr, Escamillo (Carmen), the Doctor (La Traviata), Nightwatchman (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Sparafucile (Rigoletto) for Welsh National Opera, where he was Principal Artist. David completed the season making his debut at the Salzburg Festival as Le Duc in Romeo et Juliette.
Engagements in the 2010-11 season included the Old Monk (Don Carlo) in Bilbao and Quinault (Adriana Lecouvreur) for his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Masetto (Don Giovanni) in his debut for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Also coming up is Signor La Rocca (Un giorno di regno) for Bilbao Opera, and David will make his Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2012-13 season.
‘[…] definitely a singer to listen out for’
‘[…] poised and elegant singing [...] from the excellent David Soar’
The Daily Telegraph