DAT-TenorDavid Ashmore- Turner (Tenor)

Born in Tyneside, David graduated in Civil Engineering at Loughborough University. He worked internationally as an exploration engineer for British Petroleum before studing Voice and Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Jack Irons, one of the few teachers in the UK who trained classical Italian vocal techniques guided by the teachings of Maestro Ubaldo Gardini, the celebrated italian coach.

Awarded places at the G.S.M. & D. and the Royal College of Music and continued his studies with the Italian Opera Academy. Masterclasses included: Federico Davia, Derek Hammond-Stroud and Diego Mason.

He performed in the UK and abroad as a frequent soloist with UK opera companies and London orchestras. He created the role of Jesus in the world premiere of “The Promise” at the QEH London, March 1997.

He specialised in Italian opera has performed lead tenor roles in the UK and internationally. Since his first London appearance as Alfredo (La Traviata) he performed the roles of Don Ottavio (Don Gionvanni); Beppe (La Rita); Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi); Rodolfo (La Boheme); Il Duca (Rigoletto); Don Jose (Carmen); Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor); Camille (The Merry Widow); Hoffman (Tale of Hoffman); Marasquin (Girofle-Girofla); Nemorina (L’Elisir d’amore); Elvino (La Sonnambula); Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly); Cavaradossi (Tosca); Florestan (Fidelio); Giasone (Medea).

He founded Dominion International Opera (DIO) an operatic charitable trust in 1995 and was General Director from 1995-2000. A qualified teacher, Member of Chartered Managers Institute and works internationally in Education as a senior manager.


2 thoughts on “Biography

  1. Hello David,
    My dad, Jack Irons died in 2005 and i have been searching the web for recordings or information about him. I believe that i met you, perhaps at our home in Kent? Or In London.
    I would be very happy to hear anything you could share with me about him that i could show my kids, who know little of his musical career but a lot about my mother’s.
    Thank you,
    Cleo Waddingon.

    • Hi Cleo,
      Yes I remember you, I was sorry to hear about your father’s passing and hold many fond memories of him. I have some old recordings of Jack singing which may be of interest. Some were recorded from a reel-to-reel machine Jack owned – a 1956 Elizabethan I believe, onto an C90 audio tape. I have transferred them to MP3 files which is much more accessible these days. Your children may like to hear them, there is one where he and your mother are singing a duet. You can reach me at
      Best wishes

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