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David Daniels
(12 March 1966 - living) U.S.A.

David Daniels

Countertenor

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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.

As much at home on the recital platform as the opera stage, David Daniels has won admiration for his performances of an extensive recital repertoire, including song literature of the 19th and 20th centuries not usually associated with his type of voice.

Opera roles Daniels has excelled in include a substantial list of Handel's heroes in addition to Julius Caesar: Arsace in the comedy Partenope last season at Lyric Opera of Chicago, the title role in Tamerlano, Arsamene in Xerxes, and a pair of works at Munich's Bavarian State Opera, where he is a company favorite - David in Saul and the title role in Rinaldo, as well as Nerone in Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea. Branching out from baroque roles, Daniels has shone as Oberon in Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream at the Metropolitan Opera and as Orfeo in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice at Covent Garden.

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* Countertenor, a male singing voice in the alto range. Singing in this range requires either a special vocal technique called falsetto, or a high extension of the tenor range. Countertenors were required during the Renaissance and Baroque periods when women were not permitted to sing publicly.

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