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Shirley, Daniel Faculty Member


Of his 2013 Carnegie Hall debut, the New York Concert Review noted, “Daniel Shirley’s voice soared over the large forces with strength and clarity.”  The tenor continues to earn critical praise for his appearances in concert, opera, and musical theater.


His 2014-15 concert season includes debuts with the Lexington Philharmonic/CARMINA BURANA, Alabama Symphony/CARMINA BURANA, and Choral Society of Durham/C.P.E. BACH MAGNIFICAT.  He will appear with Madison Opera throughout the current season, first as the title role in CANDIDE for the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Overture Center for the Arts, and then as Anthony Hope in SWEENEY TODD.


Recent seasons have brought debuts with Michigan Opera Theater, Opera Memphis, New York City Opera, Boston Baroque, Sugar Creek Symphony & Song, Madison Opera, and Intermountain Opera Bozeman.  In concert, he has appeared at Carnegie Hall with Distinguished Concerts International New York, and with the Pacific Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Music of the Baroque, Indianapolis Symphony, and Evansville Philharmonic.


Shirley trained in some of America’s most notable apprentice programs: Santa Fe Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Central City Opera, and Chautauqua Opera.  For performances with Florida Grand Opera, critics commended his Prunier/LA RONDINE for a vocal delivery "so pure, that even in the softer passages he makes a very memorable impression," and his Tybalt/ROMEO ET JULIETTE for a "hot-headed, on-target performance" with "pure and solid tone."  He is the recipient of awards from the William M. Sullivan Foundation, the George London Foundation, the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust, and the American Traditions Competition, among others.


He is working towards the completion of the Doctor of Music from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he earned a Master of Music.  He holds a Bachelor of Music from the Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music.  His teachers have included Patricia Stiles, Jason Ferrante, Jonathan Retzlaff, and Gayle Shay.

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