A Bay Area native, David Bier received his early ballet training under Richard Gibson at the Pacific Dance Center in Palo Alto before continuing on scholarships at the San Francisco Ballet School, the Houston Academy, the Pennsylvania Ballet School in Philadelphia and the School of American Ballet in New York.
He danced with numerous professional ballet companies before joining the Corps de Ballet of San Francisco Opera in 1994 where he was made a Tenured Dancer in 1996.
A regal and commanding stage presence, he has often been pulled from the Corps for featured roles such as the Pantomime Villain in the 1996 production of Hamlet and Punchinello in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Machere. He became known as “Resident Death” at SFO when he performed the role Death in Maid of Orleans and also the winged Angel of Death in Don Giovanni.
In the Fall 2010 Season Mr. Bier can be seen in Aida and Cyrano de Bergerac.
Outside the theater, Mr. Bier’s interests include construction, production, costume and clothing design and cultivating and propagating genera in the Amaryllidaceae Family.