SOUND OF SUC­CESS

Cockburn Gazette - - LET’S EAT - Sara Fitz­patrick

IT’S hard to be­lieve David Hob­son once shunned the spot­light.

Be­fore be­com­ing one of Aus­tralia’s best known op­er­atic, con­cert and stage per­form­ers, his dream was to be a com­poser: a se­ri­ous young man, tucked away in his gar­ret writ­ing fu­ri­ously like some sort of ro­man­tic fig­ure.

But fate had other plans for the Bal­larat lo­cal.

He made his name with Opera Aus­tralia’s La Bo­heme and went on to appear in Aussie TV favourites Spicks and Specks and Danc­ing With the Stars.

Hob­son fea­tured along­side Colin Lane in a com­edy mu­si­cal and even sang at the AFL Grand Final.

“I don’t know who I am – I did not set out to do all this,” the tenor said.

Af­ter singing in school and church choirs as a child, he turned to rock and jazz in his teens.

At uni­ver­sity he be­gan writ­ing mu­sic and com­posed a rock opera based on Mac­beth.

“My voice was heard on a demo tape: we did a backer’s au­di­tion where I played a cou­ple of scenes from my Mac­beth show for po­ten­tial pro­ducer back­ers from Vic­to­ria State Opera and they were keen to put their money into my com­po­si­tions but also co­erced me into singing,” Hob­son said. “I said: ‘I’m not in­ter­ested

in singing, par­tic­u­larly

opera’.

“They rang me a few times and said: 'We’re do­ing this Broad­way ver­sion of The Pi­rates of Pen­zance and we think you should un­der­study the main role and it will be good for your writ­ing’.

“So that’s how it started: I had no in­ten­tion in do­ing opera or be­ing a per­former, I just wanted to write be­hind the scenes.”

Hob­son said he jumped from project to project and learned the nec­es­sary skills along the way.

Hob­son per­forms in From Broad­way to La Scala next month with Lisa McCune, Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Greta Brad­man.

David Hob­son (mid­dle) with the From Broad­way to La Scala cast.

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