Daniel Lipton is widely regarded as one of today’s most exciting and creative conductors, whose superb performances of opera and concert repertoire have gained him international acclaim. With a unique ability to communicate, he is in great demand and established as a highly respected conductor in the world of opera. Among the singers that have worked with Lipton over the years are industry leaders such as Renée Fleming, Carlos Álvarez, June Anderson, Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Sherrill Milnes, Neil Schickoff, Bryn Terfel, and many others.
In 2012, Lipton was appointed Artistic Director/Principal Conductor of Opera Tampa. Since then, the company created the Florida Opera Festival, which entered its fourth season in 2016. In this post, Lipton conducts two operas per season. During recent seasons, he led performances of Roméo et Juliette, La Cenerentola, Tosca, Un ballo in maschera, La bohème, Die Zauberflöte, Carmen, Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly, La traviata, and Don Giovanni. This season, with the company, he leads performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia, Le nozze di Figaro, and Turandot.
Maestro Lipton regularly guest conducts throughout the world. Among the cities he performs in are Barcelona, Berlin, Hamburg, London, Madrid, Munich, Paris, Toronto and Venice. He conducted at Théâtre de l’Opéra de Nice for three years; Concerts Colonne in Paris; Teatro la Fenice in Venice; Orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris; the Bayerische Staatsoper; Nationaltheater in Mannheim; Teatro Regio di Parma; Teatro di San Carlo in Naples; several times with the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe. He also worked with the Sadler’s Wells Theatre and the Philharmonia in London and the Spoleto Festival. Lipton was invited as guest conductor at the Deutsche Oper Berlin for ten years. He was also asked to conduct the opening of the First International Opera Festival in Moscow, also for Mr. Gorbachev in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Perestroika, and a concert of Carmen at Alden-Biesen in Belgium. Last season, he joined Manitoba Opera for their production of La bohème, led Opera de Quebec’s annual Opera Gala, and joined the Martina Aroyo’s Foundation to conduct La traviata.
Lipton was formerly Artistic Director of Opera Ontario and presented the Canadian premières of Giordano’s Andrea Chénier, Verdi’s I due foscari, Massenet’s Portrait de Manon, together with other major operas. Under his direction, Opera Ontario enjoyed not only the highest artistic accolades, but also notable financial success, and became one of Canada’s most important and artistically innovative companies.
Earlier in his career, he was appointed Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia in Bogotà, and conducted 33 programs a year with them. During his years in Colombia he rebuilt the symphony orchestra and created a national opera company. He was appointed Artistic Director of the Ópera de Colombia, and produced a total of 30 operas. Both organizations were raised to the highest international standard of performance due to his unwavering commitment to excellence. Previous posts include Music Director with Houston Grand Opera and Artistic Director of the San Antonio Festival.
He also held positions with the Zürich Opera, the Teatro Comunale in Bologna and Florence, American Ballet Theater, and the Denver Symphony Orchestra. In 2001, he was appointed Artistic Director of the EurOrchester for the European Classic Festival, where he has conducted ever since. Previously, he served as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Anhaltische Philharmonie and General Music Director of Anhaltische Theater in Dessau, Germany.
Active as a symphonic conductor, he made guest appearances with The Royal Concertgebouw in the Netherlands, Hilversum Radio Orchestras, Teatro la Fenice Orchestra in Venice and Rovigo, Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Paris Opera Orchestra, and the London Philharmonia, among others. One of the highlights of his career was being invited to conduct the world première of Gian Carlo Menotti’s last opera, The Wedding (Giorno da Nozze), performed in Seoul, Korea with the Metropolitan Opera. He accomplished another major feat when he stepped in to conduct four performances of La Cenerentola at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu on a mere 24 hours’ notice. So successful were these performances, that the company invited him back to conduct over the subsequent four years, and led to engagements at Teatro Real in Madrid. He also conducted the première of Mussorgsky’s opera, Marriage, at the Settimana Musicale Senese, in Siena, Italy.
A native of France, Maestro Lipton was raised in New York, completing his musical education at Juilliard, Mannes, and Manhattan Schools of Music. He studied piano with Artur Balsam and Lonnie Epstein, oboe with Harold Gomberg, composition with Vittorio Giannini, choral conducting with Abraham Kaplan, chamber music with Julius Baker, and orchestral conducting with Carl Bamberger, Sergiu Celibidache and Jean Morel. Following formal studies, Mr. Lipton received a Fulbright Grant to study in Paris with the legendary Nadia Boulanger. He also studied under Franco Ferrara in Siena on an Italian government grant awarded to him. In the short space of time Lipton was in Dessau, all critics commented on the miraculous transformation of the sound and the style of playing he achieved with his orchestra. So much so, that critics of Europe’s leading magazines such as Opern Welt have singled out his conducting as the best performance of the year for two consecutive years, and in the London magazine Opera, it is stated that his is the finest Verdi conducting ever heard. Many critics contend that among Lipton’s greatest skills are his ability to encourage orchestras to play better than they ever had before, and the way in which he maintains an excellent musical relationship with his soloists. In this, he is greatly helped by his complete fluency in many languages. He received critical acclaim for his abilities from reviewers all over the world, praising him for his absolute artistic dedication, his uncompromising search for the ultimate musical standards, and his supportiveness and generosity towards the artists that work with him. They accord him, unanimously, the accolade of greatness.