Daniel Rich, Baritone, has performed with Frostburg Opera as King Balthazar in Amahl and The Night Visitors by Menotti, with Morgan Opera in scenes from On the Town, as Daniel Webster in The Devil and Daniel Webster by Moore, and premiered the role of Surnani in the operetta, Qadar, by Tony Small. Qadar was a commissioned piece by The Smithsonian museum and the Sultanate of Oman with Artistic Direction by Denyce Graves. Credits from MSM Opera Theater include Horseman in Strauss' Rosenkavalier, Falstaff (Cover) in Verdi's Falstaff, Alidoro in Rossini's La Cenerentola and Calais in The Harpies by Blitzstein. Daniel has performed the role of Parson AllTalk in Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha with Trilogy Opera in NJ and at The Phoenicia Festival of the Voice.
Daniel has enjoyed early success not only as a young opera singer but as a recitalist & an emerging concert artist, performing Concert & Oratorio work with organizations such as Opera Ebony, DC Strings Workshop, Brooklyn Ecumenical, South East Queens Ecumenical, Three on 3, CAAPA, NANM, and Harlem OperaTheater, amongst others. Oratorio & Concert credits include works such as Handel’s Messiah, Dubois’ The 7 Last Words of Christ, Faure’s Requiem, Vaughan-Williams’ Serenade to Music, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, DukeEllington’s Sacred Concerts, Margaret Bonds’ Ballad of The Brown King, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony & Fantasia in C minor. Daniel is a winner of the 2016 Harlem Opera Theater Vocal Competition, The 2018 Mario Lanza Institute Vocal Competition, The B-Sharp Chapter of NANM’s 2019 Marian Anderson Vocal Competition and the 2019 Opera Ebony Benjamin Matthews Vocal Competition. April 2019, Mr. Rich made his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist in Vaughan-Williams’ Serenade to Music under the baton of Maestro Leonard Slatkin for the MSM Centennial Gala. Also, he was the 2018-2019 recipient of the Edgar Foster Daniels Scholarship in Voice at MSM.
Last year, Daniel gave several Spirituals and Art Song Recitals, a Masterclass at Delaware State University, was in residency with Opera Delaware in their Young Artist Program, performed in recital for The Walters Art Museum as well as concerts for Opera Delaware and Maryland Opera. Most recently, he created and performed in a virtual production entitled, “Here’s One: A Black History Production” that featured & celebrated the art of the Spiritual. Mr. Rich will be an Artist-In Residence with Capital Singers of Trenton for 2021; Giving a recital at Cathedral of The Sacred Heart (Fall 2021) and Performing as Baritone soloist for their performances of the Brahms Requiem (May 2021) and Handel’s Messiah:Parts 1-3 (December 2021), Daniel will perform in a workshop version of Rhiannon Giddens opera “Omar” for The Spoleto Festival in May 2021 and will be in residency with Opera Ithaca in June 2021 for a workshop performance of Sally Lamb McCune’s opera “We Wear the Sea like A Coat”.
Daniel is an alumnus of Morgan State University, where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Music (May 2017) and studied, respectively, with Mr. Vincent Stringer and Ms. Marquita Lister. He is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where he earned his Master of Music degree (May 2019) and studied in the voice studio of Mr. Mark Oswald. Daniel has studied in the private studio of Mr. Luis Ledesma (Curtis/AVA) and currently studies privately with Ms. Marquita Lister.