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  • Born

    12 March 1966 (age 51)

There appears to be two artists with the same name: See below I & II

I. David Daniels (born 12 March 1966) is an American countertenor.

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. His father, Perry Daniels, was one of the pre-eminent members of the performing faculty during each summer at Brevard Music Center, linked to the School of Music at Converse College in Spartanburg. He studied music at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Dissatisfied with his achievements as a tenor, Daniels switched to singing countertenor during graduate studies at the University of Michigan under the guidance of teacher, George Shirley.

Professional debut:
Daniels made his professional singing debut in 1992. In 1997, he won the Richard Tucker Award. In 1999, he made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera as Sesto in Giulio Cesare. His repertoire has grown to include other major Handel's roles, including Julius Caesar: Arsace in the comedy Partenope (at the Lyric Opera of Chicago), the title role in Tamerlano and Arsamene in Xerxes. At the Bavarian State Opera in Munich he played the title roles in Rinaldo and Orlando as well as David in Saul. Furthermore he interpreted Ottone in Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea. In Vivaldi's opera Bajazet, he sang the role of Tamerlano.

Daniels has also branched out from the baroque roles usually associated with counter-tenors to include Oberon in Benjamin Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream at the Metropolitan Opera and as Orfeo in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Art songs:
In addition to his operatic work, Daniels also gives regular recitals, for which he has developed a repertoire that includes nineteenth and twentieth century art songs not usually associated with countertenors, with works by such composers as Berlioz and Poulenc.

II. David Daniels

From the first few notes that scream out of David Daniel's amplifier, you can not only gather that he is a skilled guitarist and a seasoned musician, but that he can interpret the blues genre fluently and make his playing speak to people on an emotional level. This top-notch musician has played around this area off and on since his childhood, and is now in the process of promoting his new album, Dressed Like a Fool, which solidifies his already strong reputation as a blues guitarist and songwriter.

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