Imaginative, adventurous, and occasionally downright terrifying, bass-baritone Daniel Klein offers audiences and performance organizations alike exciting versatility and artistry. As he has evolved as a performer, so also have the roles for which Mr. Klein has been called upon to interpret, and critics have continued to single out his performances: The New York Times hailed Mr. Klein’s ‘unusually dark, steely’ Don Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with LoftOpera; OperaObsessions.com remarked that his Podesta in La Gazza Ladra with Bronx Opera was “reminiscent of the charmingly villainous Vincent Price;” and MusicalCriticism.com commented that during his performance of the titular role in Nabucco at Taconic Opera “the audience was in the palm of his hand.” The Capital Gazette applauded the ‘devastating power and real menace’ of his Monterone in Rigoletto at Annapolis Opera.
This June Mr. Klein will appear with the Eco-Music Big Band at Carnegie Hall in excerpts of Angela’s Ring, an opera by Marie Incontrera, and in Fresh Squeezed Opera’s premiere of SCOPES by Spencer Snyder. Recent appearances include Hyde in the New York premier of Carlisle Floyd’s The Prince of Players with The Little Opera Theater of New York, Fra Melitone in La Forza del Destino with New Amsterdam Opera, Mozart’s Coronation Mass with Garden State Symphony, Monk in Det Sjunde Inseglet (The Seventh Seal) with the International Brazilian Opera Company, and Sharpless in Madame Butterfly with the North Shore Music Festival.
Notable past roles have included villainous, dramatic bass-baritone turns as Iago in Othello and Scarpia in Tosca, both at Taconic Opera, Tonio in Pagliacci at Opera Providence, and Michele in Il Tabarro with the North Shore Music Festival. Stretching beyond the demands of the Verdian and verismo, Mr. Klein has enjoyed the nimble singing required of bel canto buffo roles like Geronimo at Altamura/Roundtop Festival’s Il Matrimonio Segreto, Don Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at LoftOpera, Mustafà in L’Italiana in Algeri at Opera Company of Middlebury, and Podesta in La Gazza Ladra at Bronx Opera as Podesta in La Gazza Ladra. Mr. Klein has also sung the iconic Mozart roles of Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with St. Petersburg Opera, Don Giovani (title role) at Dell’Arte Opera.
Opportunities to embrace more nuanced character acting have arisen in Mr. Klein’s performances of Fra Melitone in La Forza del destino with New Amsterdam Opera, Monterone in Rigoletto at Annapolis Opera, Rambaldo in La rondine and Ping in Turandot, both at Opera Company of Middlebury, and as The Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance at Fresno Grand Opera. He also appeared as the archetypal Emile de Becque in Summer Theater of New Canaan’s production of South Pacific.
Mr. Klein has enjoyed the privilege and singular challenge of originating an unusually long list of roles in new works. He recently created the eponymous role in Hatuey: A Memory of Fire by Frank London at the Sundance Institute. He has also performed as the Recluse in Frank London’s A Night in the Old Marketplace in Sao Paolo’s Klezitval, sang in Brooklyn Philharmonic’s world premier of excerpts from Misha Dutka's holocaust opera Liebovar, and premiered Misha Dutka’s children’s opera The Little Red Lighthouse at the Little Red Lighthouse Festival. Mr. Klein also originated the role of Manfred Guyer in the stage premier of American Opera Project’s Lost Childhood and the roles of Morris and Murray in Michael Sahls’ Dinner and Delusions at New York City Opera’s VOX Festival.
As a soloist, Mr. Klein’s extensive orchestra and oratorio credits include notable appearances with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra at Avery Fischer Hall, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Garden State Symphony, and he can be heard on several soundtracks by Emmy Award winning film composer James Michael Dooley.
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. That year he also won the Arthur & Mae Orvis Award at the Liederkranz Foundation Opera Competition. Mr. Klein holds a B.A. in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.A. in Vocal Arts (‘02) from the U. of Southern California’s Flora L Thornton School of Music, where the faculty elected him Outstanding Graduate of the year.