Australian bass David Hibbard graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 1981 and gained experience singing minor principal roles for three seasons with the State Opera of South Australia, followed by study in New York with Daniel Ferro and in England with Sir Peter Pears in 1985.
He was a principal in Die Meistersinger, Julius Caesar and Rossini’s Moses in Egypt and Simon Boccanegra for the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. In 1987, he sang Sparafucile, touring England with Opera 80. He returned to Australia in 1988 to appear with Opera Australia in roles ranging from Fiesco in Boccanegra, Ramfis in Aida, Monterone in Rigoletto and The Speaker in The Magic Flute to Publio in La Clemenza di Tito.
In 1990, after receiving the German Operatic Award from Opera Foundation Australia, he commenced a contract with Cologne Stadtsoper, performing roles by composers from Mozart to Peter Maxwell-Davies, as well as Lieder Recitals. From 1992 to 2004 he was with the Bremen Stadts Theater, State Opera of South Australia and New Zealand Opera where he performed roles such as Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra, Sparafucile, Baron Ochs, Fafner in Der Ring des Nibelungen and Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte.
In 2014, Mr Hibbard returns to New Zealand Opera for performances of La Traviata in Auckland and Wellington.