David Ward is a freelance arts professional specialising in opera, presenting and fundraising

"Energetic and imaginative" (Bachtrack), "enterprising artistic direction" (The Stage), "wonderfully imaginative" (Review's Hub), "bold artistic leadership" (Ilkley Gazette)

2021 Leeds Opera Festival

"David Ward is someone who will not take no for an answer. There was never any doubt in his mind that the Festival would not materialise ... Ward's dauntless optimism had led the way"

Opera Magazine, 2020 Leeds Opera Festival



David is the Artistic Director of Northern Opera Group, and has extensive knowledge of the more obscure parts of the repertoire ... He is an experienced director and programmer, and Board member of the Opera and Music Theatre Forum.



David hosts and produces Operacast - the only general interest opera podcast. He regularly delivers talks and hosts panel discussions on opera, and has worked as a guest lecturer for the University of Leeds and Sheffield Hallam.



David has extensive experience working in senior fundraising positions for arts organisations - including Royal Northern College of Music, Northern Ballet and the Leeds International Piano Competition - and supporting smaller scale organisations on developing strategies and fundraising on a project by project basis.

"This Cinderella project characterises Ward’s mindset.  It’s not a question of what can’t happen but what can – and often the latter is much more diverse and expansive than one might at first have thought.  As we discuss this film, it’s clear to me that David’s imagination goes into overdrive in adversity.  Rather than lamenting the obstructions to original plans, there was rejoicing at the opportunity to do things differently"

Opera Now interview, November 2020