Imaginative, adventurous, and occasionally downright terrifying, audiences have found in BassBaritone, Daniel Klein an exciting example of versatility. As he evolves as an artist, so have the roles for which he has been called upon to interpret. Recently he created the title role in Frank London's new opera 'Hatuey: A memory of fire' while in residence at the Sudance Institute's Theater Lab. The New York Times singled him out for his 'unusually dark and steely" Don Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with LoftOpera, and he made role debuts as Geronimo in Cimarosa's Il Matrimonio Segreto at the Altamura Arts Festival, and he returned to Opera Company of Middlebury as Ping in Turandot.
Some of his other recent roles include the Podesta in Bronx Opera's La Gazza Ladra, the curse hurling Monterone in Annapolis Opera's Rigoletto, the hunchbacked villian as Tonio in Opera Providence's Pagliacci, and he brought swagger and comic timing to Fresno Grand Opera’s Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, Emilie de Becque in South Pacific with the New Canaan Summer Theater, the Count (Le Nozze di Figaro) with St. Petersburg Opera; Rambaldo(La Rondine) and Marcello (La Boheme) Mustafa L'italiana in Algeri) with Opera Company of Middlebury; the title role of Don Giovanni and Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor) with Dell'Arte Opera; Iago (Otello), Nabucco(Nabucco), Scarpia(Tosca), and Zurga(Les pecheurs de perles) at Taconic Opera,
Daniel recently appeared with the Brooklyn Philharmonic in the world premier of excerpts from Misha Dutka's holocaust opera Liebovar, later this fall he will be premiering a new opera of Misha's at the Little Red Lighthouse Festival. Previously he has been heard in excerpts from Bolcolm's A View from a Bridge as Eddie Carbone with the Vertical Players Repertory, Shamrayeff in Pasatieri’s The Seagull with Dicapo Opera Theatre and the Armel Festival in Szged Hungary, and John Proctor in IVAI Tel Aviv’s production of Robert Ward's The Crucible.
He originated the role of Manfred Guyer in the stage premier of American Opera Project’s Lost Childhood and of Morris and Murray in Michael Sahls’ Dinner and Delusions at New York City Opera’s VOX Festival. With the New York City Drama Center, Mr. Klein premiered Thomas Toscano’s Il Peccato di Donna Santa. His voice can be heard in soundtracks by Emmy Award winning film composer James Michael Dooley.
ORCHESTRA AND ORATORIO
This past April he appeared Bass Soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Brooklyn Philharmonic. He has made several appearances with the Garden State Philharmonic and Chorus including Handel's Messiah, Verdi's Requiem, and opera pops concerts. With Castleton College Orchestra VT, he has appeared as a guest artist in Schubert's Mass in G, with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra as bass soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony. He has appeared in opera in concert with the Bakersfeild Symphony as Gugliemo (Così fan tutte) and as Michele (Il Tabarro) with the Delaware County Symphony, PA; and in opera highlights with the Santa Cecelia Orchestra, Los Angeles and AIMS Orchestra Graz, Austria.
TRAINING, EDUCATION, AND AWARDS
In 2008, Mr. Klein was invited to join the Evelyn Lear and Tom Stewart Emerging Singers Program of the Wagner Society of Washington D.C. and appeared in their annual concert at the German Consulate in Washington D.C.. Also in 2008, Mr. Klein was given The Arthur & Mae Orvis Award at the Liederkranz Foundation Opera Competition, was finalist in the Violetta DuPont Opera at Florham Competition, semifinalist in the Hans Gabor International Singing Competition in Vienna Austria and a recipient of a Hagedorn Foundation grant.
In 2006, as part of Angels Vocal Arts Center he worked intensely in televised masterclasses with legendary tenor Carlo Bergonzi who upon hearing him said “This is truly a Verdian voice, absolutely.” This culminated in a concert at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, Los Angeles which was broadcast throughout California on KSCI 18. Also in 2006, he attended the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, working with Sherril Milnes, Mignon Dunn, and Joan Dornemann.
Mr. Klein holds a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, and in 2002, he graduated from University of Southern California’s Flora L Thornton School of Music with a Masters in Vocal Arts, where he was elected by the faculty as the “Outstanding Graduate” of that year. In 2003, he attended La Universita per Stranieri di Perugia, Italy and in 2004, attended Die Neue Schule, Berlin, Germany.
Mr. Klein is one of the founders and currently serves as the executive director of the North Shore Music Festival.