Acclaimed American countertenor Daniel Bubeck has emerged as a singer of international distinction in opera and oratorio ranging from the baroque to contemporary masterpieces. In 2016 he made his debut with Hawaii Opera Theatre as Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Noted in particular for his interpretations of the works of Handel, he has performed numerous operatic and oratorio roles including Medoro in Orlando with the festival Hobart Baroque in Tasmania, Arsamene in Serse (IU Opera Theater), Fernando in Rodrigo (Opera Mission), the title roles in Rinaldo (Opera Vivente) and Giulio Cesare (IU Opera Theatre) as well as David in Saul (Central Florida Bach Festival), Guido in Flavio and Arminio in Partenope (both with New York City Opera). He has also sung Handel arias in concert with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and numerous performances of the Messiah, most recently with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra and with Concert Royal (Saint Thomas Church in New York).
An additional staple of his contemporary repertoire is the œuvre of John Adams, whose works he has interpreted many times in the past seasons. In 2012 he sang the world premiere of The Gospel According to the Other Mary with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel in Walt Disney Hall, and toured the following year in a scenic realization by Peter Sellars through the USA (LA, New York) and Europe (Paris, London, Lucerne). Further appearances in this work have brought him to English National Opera (2014), the Amsterdam Concertgebouw (2013) with Radio Filharmonisch Orkest and the Ravinia Festival (2013) with the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra.
His professional opera debut was in the world premiere of Adams’ El Niño, directed by Peter Sellars and conducted by Kent Nagano at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris opposite Dawn Upshaw, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson and Willard White. He has since performed the work on four continents in over 25 different productions with esteemed festivals, opera companies and orchestras such as San Francisco Symphony, Estonian National Symphony, Boston Symphony, BBC Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester-Berlin, Tokyo Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland, Adelaide Festival, St. Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Ravinia Festival, Malmø Opera, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Spoleto Festival USA
Other notable engagements include the role of Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Princeton Festival, excerpts from Phillip Glass’ Akhnaten with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (conducted by John Adams), Henze’s Das verratene Meer with the Tokyo Symphony, the American premiere of Lost Objects by composers David Lang, Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon with Concerto Köln, the title role in Scarlatti’s Tigrane at the Bloomington Early Music Festival, and Carmina Burana in São Paulo (Brazil) and with the New York City Opera’s VOX new music project.
Daniel Bubeck can be heard on recordings of El Niño (Nonesuch Records – CD and Art Haus Musik – DVD), the masses of William Byrd with the Indiana Pro Arte under Paul Hillier (Harmonia Mundi), and on the soundtrack of the Warner Brothers thriller I Am Legend, starring Will Smith.
Daniel Bubeck is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and holds degrees from Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory and the University of Delaware. He also studied at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, the Salzburg Mozarteum, Attersee Barock Akademie and Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute. He was a winner in the 2009 Liederkranz Vocal Competition and recipient of a Sullivan Career Grant.