David Ward is one of America's leading basso buffos, bringing his dazzling patter, his hysterical stage presence and his “shining bass” to productions of comic opera across the country. In over 25 productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia, he has portrayed his critically acclaimed Dr. Bartolo


David's New Role: Director


Finale Figaro

In January 2013, David's production of Marriage of Figaro was performed at the Moores Opera Center, Moores School of Music, University of Houston. Click this link to view the promotional video.


Headshot of KIrke Mechem
Composer Kirke Mechem wrote to David:   "Your direction of Tartuffe was highly successful — one of the funniest I have seen. It's no wonder you sold so many tickets." 

Rave Reviews for Directing Falstaff

"Director David Ward has devised the funniest mise en scène of this masterpiece I have ever seen."

Enrique Carreón-Robledoasds
Artistic Director
Opera in the Heights

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"David Ward directs FALSTAFF with a tangible joviality. The entire production is light-hearted and warm. His cast earnestly earns every laugh they receive, portraying bright and effervescing caricatures. Moreover, following Giuseppe Verdi's score, each act starts at a somewhat slow pace and gradually picks up momentum before reaching a gallop with a riotously comedic ending.


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"Opera in the Heights closes its Shakespeare-inspired season with a stunning production of this masterpiece, directed with a lively comic touch by David Ward."

Houston Press

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Directing Engagements




Tartuffe by Kirke Mechem

Moores School

Assistant Director

La Bohéme and Die Zauberflöte

Opera in the Ozarks




Young Artists' Scenes Program

Opera in the Ozarks




Le Nozze di Figaro

Moores School



Opera in the Heights


Pirates of Penzance

Opera in the Ozarks



Opera in the Ozarks


Die Fledermaus

University of Arizona Opera Theater




The Tucson Trittico: An Evening of Third Acts from La Bohème, Le Nozze di Figaro and Les Contes d’Hoffman

University of Arizona Opera Theater


Cosi fan tutte

Opera in the Ozarks

The Word on Ward: The Critics


As Dr. Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro at Des Moines Metro Opera: "David Ward's expert Bartolo and his Marcellina emerged the most engaging people in the opera."

Opera News


As Dr. Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia – Des Moines Metro Opera: "Ward exchanged his comprimario turn in Puccini's TOSCA, an amusing Sacristan, for what was perhaps the most enjoyable Bartolo in this reviewer's memory, genuinely funny and sung with great brio."

Opera News, October 2009

As Elder McLean in Susannah at Des Moines Metro Opera: "an effective cadre of Elders led by Ward, who here appeared to be channeling Jerry Falwell with his cloyingly self-righteous Bat McLean Sr."

Opera News


As Dr. Dulcamara in L'Elisir d'amore – Greensboro Opera, November 2008

"What a pleasure it was to hear bass David Ward actually sing every bit of the role instead of employing some of the over-the-top touches too often heard in the role. His comic timing was perfect and his clearly articulated fast patter was amazing. His even, powerful, and warm voice was most welcome in the role."

Classical Voice of North Carolina


David Ward as Don Magnifico “was sensationally funny, handling every vocal demand with elegance and style and nimbly tossing off his recitatives.”


"David Ward [as Don Magnifico] combines classic buffo singing with a level of comedic acting rare anywhere, never mind the operatic stage, where acting is sometimes undervalued."

James E. Ford, University of Nebraska, Lincoln


"Bass-baritone David Ward as Pasquale was superb… the role fits him like a glove."

POST-STAR, Glen Falls, NY

"David Ward, as Dr. Bartolo, was everything a great buffo bass should be. He molded vocal color and phrasing to every nuance of his music, his comedic timing was impeccable, and he commanded the stage with his physical movements."


"David Ward as Baron Zeta was a jewel. His ebullient natural humor, never forced, made him the center of attention whenever he was on stage, with a rich bass sound as a bonus."


"Ward is a marvel as the buffoonish Baron Zeta. Ward's humorous exchanges give the operetta a crazy buoyancy."

Mobile Press-Register

"Ward was a clear audience favorite. He endowed Osmin with hilarious bluster and a rich, full-bodied, cavernous bass."

Anchorage Daily News

David as Sir Joseph Porter, KCB in H.M.S. Pinafore


David as Osmin in
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