David Wray trained at Lancaster University and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London . He has since worked as a pianist, musical director, arranger and Producer in the fields of Opera and Music Theatre. He was assistant to the director of The English Bach Festival, London, for three years with whom he appeared in many productions at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and throughout Europe. For this company he was Musical Director for productions of Dido and Aeneas (Queen Elizabeth Hall, London) and Handel’s Acis and Galatea (QEH, London and Barcelona, Festival di Peralda), In Ireland he has been a repetiteur for seasons with Wexford Festival Opera and Dublin Grand Opera Society and has worked as a freelance vocal coach and accompanist with many appearances on RTE radio and TV.
David has been Musical Director for numerous productions in Ireland and beyond. In 1998 David, as producer and musical director, formed a new company Music Theatre Ireland. Their productions have included The Great American Songwriters Series (NCH, Dublin), Noel and Gertie (Opera Fringe Northern Ireland), A New York Songbook (Irish National Tour), Simply Sondheim (BBC N.I. recording/Liberty Hall Theatre, Dublin) and Irish Premieres of Songs for a New World (Pavilion Theatre, Dublin), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Andrews Lane Theatre, Dublin) ‘The Last Five Years’(Pavilion Theatre, Dublin.) ‘Listen To My Heart: The Songs of David Friedman’ (Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin) .
David became Artistic & Musical Director for Opera in the Open in 2000. The company is now in its 14th season, presenting a programme of five abridged operas every August at Wood Quay, Dublin for Dublin City Council. Last year there was a special performance of ‘Turandot’ to mark the Chinese New Year. To commemorate its 10th Anniversary a CD of operatic highlights was produced to critical acclaim.
He is also Musical Director for The Three Irish Tenors, The Irish Sopranos and Druid - a new male vocal ensemble. With these has toured the USA and in Europe and Far East.
David has arranged and orchestrated a number of CDs (for various artists) and Projects. Recent writing credits include orchestrations and arrangements for Cork Opera House’s acclaimed production of Bryan Flynn’s ‘Michael Collins’ seen both in Cork Opera House and the Olympia Theatre, Dublin and a new Album for SImon Morgan (I’ll Be Seeing You) recorded in Prague with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and an album of 1940s French music for chanteuse Derby Browne (Pigalle).