UPCOMING:

Steersman in The Flying Dutchman, Michigan Opera Theatre
October 19, 23, 25, 26, 27
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Soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Pacific Symphony
December 15, 2013
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Nanki-poo in The Mikado, Opera Memphis
January 16, 18, 2014
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Soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Music of the Baroque
January 26, 27, 2014
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Tenor soloist in Carmina Burana, Seattle Symphony
April 3, 5, 6, 2014
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Eurimaco in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Boston Baroque
April 25, 26, 2014
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Jonathan Willcocks’ A Great and Glorious Victory

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“The Ride of Tarquinius”, Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia


Jonathan Willcocks’ A Great and Glorious Victory


“The Ride of Tarquinius”, Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia

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Daniel Shirley

Tenor

Championing a diverse and challenging repertoire which spans from the early Baroque to the avant-garde, tenor Daniel Shirley is emerging as an audience favorite on the opera and concert stages.  Highlights of the 2012-13 season included Jonathan Willcocks’ A Great and Glorious Victory in his Carnegie Hall debut, his New York City Opera to cover the Prologue/Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, Acis in Acis and Galatea with Madison Opera, and Will Tweedy in Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree with Sugar Creek Symphony and Song. Additionally, he was recognized this season by the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation with a Career Development Grant, and was a finalist for the George London Foundation awards.  Daniel will be featured with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque throughout the season, most notably as tenor soloist in Israel in Egypt. Next season, he performs the tenor solo in Carmina Burana with the Seattle Symphony, the tenor solo in Mozart’s Coronation Mass with Music of the Baroque,  as well as the role of Eurimaco in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with Boston Baroque.

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…articulate delivery…
 Israel in Egypt - “Tenor Daniel Shirley’s articulate delivery was to the Handelian manner born.” – Chicago Tribune 
…pure and solid tone…
Romeo et Juliette - Daniel Shirley made Tybalt very threatening, and his pure and solid tone indicated that he might have had the equipment to be…effective in the title role.” – concertonet.com
…on-target performance…
Romeo et Juliette - “As Tybalt, the tenor Daniel Shirley gave a hot-headed, on-target performance.”– South Florida Classical Review 
…a very memorable impression…
La Rondine - Daniel Shirley was the greatest surprise of the evening.  Prunier might not seem to be [a] terribly interesting fellow, but when Shirley was onstage it was hard to take one’s eyes off him. He seemed to be constantly moving and the voice is so pure that even in the softer passages he makes a very memorable impression.”concertonet.com
Composer Opera Role
Bernstein Candide Candide
West Side Story Tony
Bizet Les pecheurs de perles Nadir
Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream Lysander
Albert Herring Albert
The Turn of the Screw Peter Quint
DiChiera Cyrano Christian
Donizetti L’elisir d’Amore Nemorino
Lucia di Lammermoor Edgardo
Don Pasquale Ernesto
Floyd Susannah Sam
Gluck Iphigenie en Tauride Pylade
Alceste Admete
Gounod Romeo et Juliette Romeo, Tybalt
Handel Acis and Galatea Acis
Semele Jupiter
Rodelinda Grimoaldo
Lehar The Merry Widow Camille
Mozart Die Entfuhrung Belmonte
Don Giovanni Don Ottavio
The Magic Flute Tamino
Idomeneo Idomeneo
Cosi fan tutte Ferrando
La Clemenza di Tito Tito
Nicolai Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor Fenton
Puccini Gianni Schicchi Rinuccio
La Rondine Prunier
Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia Almaviva
Sondheim Sweeney Todd Beadle
A Little Night Music Henrik
Strauss, J. Die Fledermaus Alfred
Strauss Salome Narraboth
Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress Tom Rakewell
Sullivan The Pirates of Penzance Frederic
The Mikado> Nanki-Poo
HMS Pinafore Ralph Rackstraw
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Lensky
Verdi Falstaff Fenton
La Traviata Alfredo
Rigoletto Duca
Vivaldi Griselda Gualtiero
Weill Street Scene Sam
Composer Work
 Bach Mass in B minor
St. John Passion
St. Matthew Passion
Beethoven Missa Solemnis
Symphony No. 9
Britten St. Nicholas Cantata
War Requiem
Handel Messiah
Israel in Egypt
Haydn Creation
Lord Nelson Mass
Missa in tempore belli
Missa sancti Nicolai
The Seasons
Mendelssohn Elijah
Monteverdi Vespers
Mozart Grand Mass in C Major
Requiem
Coronation Massr
Orff Carmina Burana

 

Championing a diverse and challenging repertoire which spans from the early Baroque to the avant-garde, tenor Daniel Shirley is emerging as an audience favorite on the opera and concert stages.  Highlights of the 2012-13 season included Jonathan Willcocks’ A Great and Glorious Victory in his Carnegie Hall debut, his New York City Opera to cover the Prologue/Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, Acis in Acis and Galatea with Madison Opera, and Will Tweedy in Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree with Sugar Creek Symphony and Song. Additionally, he was recognized this season by the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation with a Career Development Grant, and was a finalist for the George London Foundation awards.  Daniel will be featured with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque throughout the season, most notably as tenor soloist in Israel in Egypt. This season, he performs the tenor solo in Carmina Burana with the Seattle Symphony, the tenor solo in Mozart’s Coronation Mass with Music of the Baroque,  as well as the role of Eurimaco in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with Boston Baroque.

As a young artist with Florida Grand Opera from 2010-2012, he performed Prunier in La Rondine, Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette (covering Romeo), and covered Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni.  Of his recent performance as Tybalt, it was said that “his pure and solid tone indicated that he might have had the equipment to be effective in the title role.” As a 2009 and 2011 apprentice artist with Santa Fe Opera, he covered Gualtiero in Griselda and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni.

Mr. Shirley was recently invited by Maestro Frédéric Chaslin to record the role of Edgar in his new opera Wuthering Heights with the orchestra of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia. Additional performances have included Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Arbor Opera Theater, Sam Polk in Susannah and Larry/Matt in The Face on the Barroom Floor at Central City Opera, where he served as a 2008 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist, as well as various engagements with Mississippi Opera and Opera Memphis as an Artist-in-Residence. Other roles in Daniel’s repertoire include Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Nadir in Les pecheurs de perles, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Fenton in Falstaff, Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte, Nanki Poo in The Mikado, and the title role in Candide.

A passionate concert artist, Shirley has been lauded for his interpretations of the major works of the sacred canon.  He debuted with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra during December 2009 as soloist in Haydn’s St. Nicholas Mass.  He has sung Messiah with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and with choral and symphonic organizations throughout the Midwest, Elijah with the Lafayette Bach Singers, the Matthäus-Passion (arias) and Mozart Mass in c minor with the Bloomington Chamber Singers, Bach Mass in b minor with the Columbus, Indiana Philharmonic, and Haydn Creation as a guest artist of St. Joseph College in Indiana. He also joined oboist Elizabeth Robertson for the Vaughan Williams Ten Blake Songs on her album Oboe Serenade.

In addition to the Sullivan and London Foundations, Shirley is the recipient of awards from the Anna Sosenko Trust, the National Society of Arts and Letters, Central City Opera, the Orpheus National Vocal Competition, Chautauqua Opera, and the Dayton Opera Guild. His voice instructors have included tenor Jason Ferrante and mezzo-soprano Patricia Stiles of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he obtained a Master of Music.  While there, he sang a variety of roles as well as two significant premieres: Dino in the collegiate premiere of William Bolcom’s A Wedding, and Joe Crowell in the world premiere of Ned Rorem’s Our Town.  With the university’s Pro Arte ensemble, he was honored to sing in the world premiere of John Harbison’s A Clear Midnight.  He holds a Bachelor of Music from the Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music, where he appeared as the Lover in Menotti’s Amelia Goes to the Ball.  Daniel is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. He and his wife, soprano Caitlin Shirley, reside in Chicago.

 

 

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