Lyric baritone David Carriaga Hobbs has established himself as part of a rising generation of multidisciplinary artists in the world of opera to continue watching in the coming years. With an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions (San Diego district) and his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist in fall 2019, Mr. Hobbs starts 2020 by joining The Industry (Los Angeles, CA) for four weekends of performances (and a recording) of it's new opera Sweet Land through the end of March 2020. As both an exciting opera company and a desperately needed and wonderfully produced piece of art, it is an amazing story to join in telling with an awe-inspiring cast of artists.

Immediately after Sweet Land, Mr. Hobbs will again be appearing as King Tlapalla in El Circo Anahuac with Brown Fist productions. This fantastical opera creates a circus performance around an ancient Aztec legend and is performed in three languages: English, Spanish, and Nahuatl, a language spoken by people in central Mexico since at least the 7th century.

Mr. Hobbs already performed numerous roles in the 2019/20 season, highlights including Mercutio (Romeo et Juliette) with Pacific Lyric Association, which was also a company debut, King Tlapalla (El Circo Anahuac) in a workshop performance with Brown Fist Productions, and The Husband (The Last Silent Voice) with Opera Ritrovata.

Official Biography

Hobbs finished his 2018/2019 season strong with multiple role debuts with companies throughout the Southern California area. Over the summer he performed Betto di Signa (Gianna Scchichi) and il Talpa (il Tabarro) while attending Angel Vocal Arts, Valentine (Faust) with Repertory Opera Company, and Silvio (Pagliacci) with Genesis Opera Theatre, which was also a company debut. Additionally, David joined Los Angeles Opera as a member of their Education and Community Engagement production of “German Opera Tales” as Gunther/Narrator in May.

Earlier in the 2018/2019 season David joined several companies for the first time, with a role debut as Guglielmo with Riverside Lyric Opera, a showcase with Opera Buffs, and multiple productions as a chorus member with Opera Santa Barbara (Eugene Onegin, La bohéme) and Pacific Opera Project (Carmen, La traviata). He also was a soloist for concerts/recitals with Santa Ynez Master Chorale (Bach’s Magnificat), Canvas Concert Series, Repertory Opera Company, Glendale Opera Company, and others.

"The industrious chorus of eight was called upon to do the work of eighty... Whether singing with full-throated abandon, or executing Amy Lawrence’s relentless choreography... this energetic group never flagged in their coordinated concentration."

- Opera Today

The 2017/2018 season saw David complete the transition from student to young professional, with a final Master recital in September 2017 and his professional operatic debut in November as King Melchior in Opera California’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors.  In the spring, David made numerous appearances in recital and concert with Repertory Opera Company, including his debut as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. David’s concert highlights for the season included a Gilbert and Sullivan program with Repertory Opera and an evening of operatic excerpts with Belmont Symphony.

David is a graduate of the Vocal Arts program at the University of Southern California (M.M. 2017) where he studied with famed baritone Rod Gilfry and coached extensively with Dr. Alan Smith. His credits with USC Thornton Opera include Don Pedro (Beatrice et Benedict), José Trípaldi (Ainadamar), and Lakai (Ariadne auf Naxos), among others. He also has the chance to perform the complete role of General Vorchelieff in Lee Hoiby’s rarely performed work Something New for the Zoo.  David received a B.M. from the University of New Mexico where he studied with Dr. Michael Hix and coached with Dr. Kristen Ditlow.

Hailing from Rockwall, TX, David was an active member of the high school jazz and marching bands throughout his four years as a bassist and saxophonist, respectively, only beginning to find his singing voice in his senior year.  After a short burst of study with local operatic soprano Jennifer Sanchez, David was cast as the Beast in the high school production of Beauty and the Beast and fell in love with the combination of singing and acting that he still enjoys to this day.

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