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David Daniels
David Daniels  

B108020   B 108 020
C. Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione Di Poppea
B108023   B 108 023
Bayerische Staatsoper 1997-2005 Live
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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 young American countertenor has appeared with the world’s major opera companies and on its main concert and recital stages. He made  history as the first countertenor to give a solo recital in the main auditorium of Carnegie Hall. The Chicago Tribune has called Daniels "today's gold standard among countertenors." The Gramophone magazine recently acknowledged his contribution to recorded excellence as well as his expansion of the repertoire for his voice type by naming him one of the "Top Ten Trailblazers" in classical music today.

David Daniels begins his 2005-6 season at the San Francisco Opera, reprising his portrayal of Bertarido in Handel’s Rodelinda, which won critical acclaim and thrilled audiences at the Metropolitan Opera last season. "Mr. Daniels earned well-deserved ovations for his portrayal of Bertarido," raved the New York Times. "He makes the countertenor voice seem the most natural sound imaginable. His rich, plaintive, virile and virtuosic singing and his commanding stage presence were captivating in every aria." Other opera appearances this season include his role debut as Orfeo in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s much anticipated production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and his first performances in the title role of Handel’s Orlando at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. Mr. Daniels’s recital and concert appearances will take him to Spain for recitals in Madrid and Barcelona. In November, Mr. Daniels will tour Europe with the Basel Chamber Orchestra and mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená, and in January he joins conductor Bernard Labadie for his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Last year, Daniels began his season with performances at three of New York City’s most renowned venues. He performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in the main auditorium of Carnegie Hall, and with St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble in Carnegie’s underground Zankel Hall. In December, Daniels returned to the Metropolitan Opera to make his triumphant role debut as Bertarido in Handel’s Rodelinda. Other cities on Daniels’s itinerary during the season included Chicago, for the Lyric Opera’s 50th anniversary gala, Boston, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. In Europe, Daniels performed works by Bach and Vivaldi with Fabio Biondi, sang Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Barcelona’s Teatre del Liceu, and played Farnace in Mozart’s early opera Mitridate re di Ponto at London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Daniels has impressed audiences with his interpretation of an array of Handelian heroes, including Julius Caesar. He has sung Arsace in the comedy Partenope at Lyric Opera of Chicago; the title role in Tamerlano; Arsamene in Xerxes; and two roles at Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, where he is a company favorite: David in Saul and the title role in Rinaldo. Other notable Baroque credits include Nerone in Monteverdi’s Coronation of Poppea, and Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at Covent Garden. Daniels has shone as Oberon in Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Metropolitan Opera.

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.

Daniels was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the son of two singing teachers. He began to sing as a boy soprano, moving to tenor as his voice matured, and earned an undergraduate degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Dissatisfied with his achievements as a tenor, David Daniels made the daring switch to the countertenor range during graduate studies at the University of Michigan with George Shirley. At the time, prospects of earning a living as a countertenor were not encouraging, but Daniels persevered and began singing countertenor roles only a dozen years ago.

November 2005