As Dr. Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro at Des Moines Metro Opera:
"David Ward's expert Bartolo and his Marcellina emerged the most engaging people in the opera."
As Dr. Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia – Des Moines Metro Opera: "Ward exchanged his comprimario turn in Puccini's TOSCA, an amusing Sacristan, for what was perhaps the most enjoyable Bartolo in this reviewer's memory, genuinely funny and sung with great brio."
Opera News, October 2009
As Elder McLean in Susannah at Des Moines Metro Opera: "an effective cadre of Elders led by Ward, who here appeared to be channeling Jerry Falwell with his cloyingly self-righteous Bat McLean Sr."
As Dr. Dulcamara in L'Elisir d'amore – Greensboro Opera, November 2008
"What a pleasure it was to hear bass David Ward actually sing every bit of the role instead of employing some of the over-the-top touches too often heard in the role. His comic timing was perfect and his clearly articulated fast patter was amazing. His even, powerful, and warm voice was most welcome in the role."
Classical Voice of North Carolina
David Ward as Don Magnifico “was sensationally funny, handling every vocal demand with elegance and style and nimbly tossing off his recitatives.”
"David Ward [as Don Magnifico] combines classic buffo singing with a level of comedic acting rare anywhere, never mind the operatic stage, where acting is sometimes undervalued."
James E. Ford, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
"Bass-baritone David Ward as Pasquale was superb… the role fits him like a glove."
POST-STAR, Glen Falls, NY
"David Ward, as Dr. Bartolo, was everything a great buffo bass should be. He molded vocal color and phrasing to every nuance of his music, his comedic timing was impeccable, and he commanded the stage with his physical movements."
EXPRESS-NEWS, San Antonio
"David Ward as Baron Zeta was a jewel. His ebullient natural humor, never forced, made him the center of attention whenever he was on stage, with a rich bass sound as a bonus."
"Ward is a marvel as the buffoonish Baron Zeta. Ward's humorous exchanges give the operetta a crazy buoyancy."
"Ward was a clear audience favorite. He endowed Osmin with hilarious bluster and a rich, full-bodied, cavernous bass."
Anchorage Daily News