David Brennan’s career as an opera principal began in 1974; he has performed as a leading artist for all major Australian opera companies since then. He was a resident principal at Opera Australia from 1988 to 2001.

His repertoire includes the title role in Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), Don Pizarro (Fidelio), Ford (Falstaff), Conte di Luna (Il trovatore), the Four Villains (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress), Escamillo (Carmen), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor) and more than 50 other roles. He appears in Opera Australia’s DVDs of La traviata, Turandot and Die Fledermaus.

In 2006, David Brennan obtained a PhD from the University of Newcastle, having completed a study of acting in opera.

His work as a director includes Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera and Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

As a concert performer, he has appeared for Sydney Philharmonia in Mozart’s Requiem and CPE Bach’s Magnificat, and for the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Haydn’s Nelson Mass. He toured Denmark as baritone soloist in Alan John’s The Eighth Wonder and, most recently, has sung Mozart’s Missa Brevis in C, Martinu’s Field Mass and Schubert’s Mass in G.


Beppo – Paganini (1988)
Count Ferencz -The Czardas Princess (1987)
Baron Duphol – La Traviata (1987)
Nardo – Sandrina’s Secret (1987)
Nanda – The Transposed Heads (1986)
The Count – Capriccio (1985)
Don Giovanni – Don Giovanni – Tour (1985)
Don Giovanni – Don Giovanni (1985)
Count Di Luna – Il Trovatore (1984)
Don Pizzaro – Fidelio (1984)|
Acchilas – Julius Ceasar (1984)
Nick Shadow – The Rake’s Progress (1983)
Prince Yamadori – Madama Butterfly (1983)
Prince Yamadori – Madama Butterfly – Tour (1983)
Ford – Falstaff (1982)
Dapertutto – The Tales of Hoffman (1982)
Wagner – Faust (1982)
Dick Deadeye – H.M.S Pinafore (1981)
Portly Gentleman, Mr Fezzifwig, Fat Man, Topper – A Christmas Carol (1981)
Officer of The Guard – The Barber of Seville (1981)
Dancairo – Carmen (1981)
Alcindoro – La Boheme (1981)
A Notary – Don Pasquale (1980)
Zaretsky – Eugene Onegin (1980)
Prince Tschang – The Land of Smiles (1980)
Osmano – L’Ormindo (1980)
Hotel Waiter – Death In Venice (1980)
A Notary – Don Pasquale (1980) TOUR
Baron Duphol – La Traviata (1978)
Antonio – The Marriage of Figaro – Tour (1978)
Crebillion – La Rondine (The Swallow) (1978)
Half Tipsy Man – The Midsummer Marriage (1978)
Lictor – The Coronation of Poppea (1977)
Dick Deadeye – H.M.S Pinafore (1977)
Alcindoro – La Boheme (1976)
Bass – Festino (1976)*
Count Robinson – The Secret Marriage (1976)*
Ensemble – Never the Twain (1976)*
Macheath – The Threepenny Opera (1975)*

* for New Opera