David Daniels

David Daniels is known for his superlative artistry, magnetic stage presence and a voice of singular warmth and surpassing beauty, which have helped him redefine his voice category for the modern public. The American countertenor has appeared with the world’s major opera companies and on its main concert and recital stages, and he made history as the first countertenor to give a solo recital in the main auditorium of Carnegie Hall. Daniels made his San Francisco Opera debut as Nerone in 1998’s L'Incoronazione di Poppea and returned in the title role of Giulio Cesare (2002), as Bertarido (Rodelinda, 2005), and Arsamenes (Xerxes, 2011). Highlights of recent seasons include Bertarido at the Met; Orfeo at the Met, Covent Garden and Lyric Opera of Chicago; the title role of Orlando with Munich’s Bavarian State Opera; the title role of Tamerlano with Washington National Opera and Bavarian State Opera; Didymus (Theodora) at the Glyndebourne Festival; the title role of Giulio Cesare at the Met, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Glyndebourne Festival; Arsace (Partenope) at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien and Lyric Opera of Chicago; the title role of Radamisto with the Santa Fe Opera; and Oberon with the Met, Milan’s La Scala, and Barcelona’s Teatre del Liceu (available on DVD). An exclusive Virgin Classics recording artist with several critically-acclaimed and best-selling solo albums to his credit, David Daniels’s latest release was a collection of Bach’s Sacred Arias and Cantatas. He has also released a recording of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater as well as solo works by the composer in a disc with soprano Dorothea Röschmann and conductor Fabio Biondi. Showing his diverse musical personality, another release featured Berlioz’s song cycle Les Nuits d’été, and also included songs by Ravel and Fauré. Other recordings include A Quiet Thing (with guitarist Craig Ogden), and a recording of Handel’s Rinaldo on the Decca label in which he sang the title role opposite Cecilia Bartoli, and which received a Gramophone Editor’s Choice Album of the Year award in 2002. His debut disc was Handel: Opera Arias conducted by Sir Roger Norrington, followed by Sento Amor, with arias by Mozart, Gluck and Handel, and Serenade, a recital of songs by Beethoven, Gounod, Poulenc, Schubert and others with his frequent piano partner Martin Katz. Honored by the music world for his unique achievements, David Daniels has been the recipient of two of classical music’s most significant awards: Musical America's Vocalist of the Year for 1999 and the 1997 Richard Tucker Award.