The Croatian bass-baritone David Oštrek studied singing at Vienna’s University for Music and Performing Arts and has since then been a finalist and award winner at numerous singing competitions. In 2010 he made his operatic debut at the Croatian national theatre in Varaždin in the role of Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas under Laurence Cummings. Further appearances there included Captain Macheath in The Beggar’s Opera and Adonis in Venus and Adonis. At Schlosstheater Schönbrunn he embodied Masetto in Don Giovanni as well as performed the title role in Gianni Schicchi.

Since season 2015/16 David Oštrek is a member of the International Opera Studio at Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin. Here his roles included Magician in Stephen Oliver‘s Mario and the Magician, the bass solo in Rossini‘s Petite Messe solennelle, Doctor Grenvil in La Traviata, Lakai in Ariadne auf Naxos, Direktor Hummel in Aribert Reimann’s Die Gespenstersonate and most recently Tribune in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Cesare Angelotti in Tosca and  Sprecher in  Die Zauberflöte. In addition, he made guest appearances as Leporello in Don Giovanni at the Bregenz Festival, as Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore at the Daegu Opera House in South Korea, as Figaro at Stadttheater Wels, as Zoroastro in Handel’s Orlando at the Summer Festival in Dubrovnik, as well as Monk in Don Carlo at Staatstheater Braunschweig. In addition, he was heard in the St John Passion of J.S. Bach in Mexico City in 2018 and made his debut at the Berlin Konzerthaus with the role of Talbot in Verdi's Giovanni d'Arco.
At the Staatstheater Braunschweig he was once more a guest this season, this time with an important role debut, as Escamillo in Carmen.

With the season 2018/19 he is also a permanent member of the ensemble of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin. He is currently performing in Berlin as Leporello/Don Giovanni, as Roderick Asher in the world premiere Usher, Tisiphone in Rameau‘s Hippolyte et Aricie and in the premiere of Jörg Widmann's Babylon. He will also be heard in La Traviata, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Macbeth, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Pelléas et Mélisande and Rigoletto - with the latter work he will appear again at the Bregenz Festival.


General Management

Artist Manager
Boris Orlob
Managing Director 
Mobil: +49-172-8 51 55 14
Natascha van Randenborgh
Associate Director 
Mobil: +49-173-7 76 88 20


Repertoire Concert

Bach, J.S. St. John Passion (Jesus)
Rossini Petite Messe solennelle (bass solo)
  Stabat mater (bass solo)

Repertoire Opera

Blow, John Venus and Adonis Adonis
Bizet Carmen Escamillo
Charpentier David et Jonathas Achis
Donizetti L'elisir d'amore Dulcamara
Händel Orlando Zoroastro
Mozart Die Zauberflöte 1. Priester
    2. Geharnischter
  Don Giovanni Leporello
  Le nozze di Figaro Antonio
Monteverdi L'incoronazione di Poppea Tribun
Oliver, Stephen Mario and the Magician Cipolla
Puccini Gianni Schicchi Gianni Schicchi
  Madama Butterfly Il commisario
  Manon Lescaut Kapitän
  Tosca Angelotti
Purcell Dido and Aeneas Aeneas
Reimann Gespenstersonate Hummel
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Fiorello
Strauss, R. Ariadne auf Naxos Lakai
  Die Frau ohne Schatten Wächter
  Salome 5. Jude
Strawinsky La Pulcinella Il dottore
Verdi Don Carlo Frate
  La traviata Dr. Grenvil


Important role debut at the Staatsoper Berlin
In his first season as a permanent member of the ensemble, David Oštrek already took on numerous exciting roles at the Staatsoper Berlin. Now another highlight is on the horizon. In Claus Guth’s staging of Don Giovanni and under the baton of Lahav Shani, he will be on stage as Leporello for the first time.
Performance dates: January 20/25/30; February 08/10/12



Interview with Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin (July 2018) 



Die Gespenstersonate / Werkstatt der Staatsoper Unter den Linden / 27.06.2017 /

"Maßstäbe setzender Sänger mit einem dunklen, Autorität ausstrahlenden Bass schönen Timbres" 

Die Gespenstersonate / Werkstatt der Staatsoper Unter den Linden / 26.06.2017 /

"David Ostrek stattet Hummel mit machtvollen Baritontönen aus" 

Don Giovanni / Bregenzer Festspiele / 16.08.2016 /

"Da gibt es diesen umwerfend komischen, in jeder Sekunde präsenten David Ostrek" 

Don Giovanni / Bregenzer Festspiele / 16.08.2016 /

"Leporello wird vom kroatischen Bass-Bariton David Ostrek souverän verkörpert" 

Mario und der Zauberer / Staatsoper Unter den Linden / 25.04.2016 /

"schön fokussierter, markanter Bass" 

Le nozze di Figaro / Schlosstheater Schönbrunn / 24.11.2015 /

"Baritonwettbewerb auf allerhöchstem Niveau" 
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