BIO & PRESS
GRAMMY® Award-winning baritone Daniel Belcher has performed in many of the world’s music capitals, including Paris, London, New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Stuttgart, Amsterdam, Geneva, Madrid, Toronto, Montreal, Tokyo, Seoul and Houston. With a repertoire of more than 80 roles, Belcher has championed roles from the Baroque to those composed expressly for him. He came to international attention in 2004 creating the role of Prior Walter in Peter Eötvös’ Angels in America for the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris for which he was hailed by London’s The Guardian as “possessing the kind of powerhouse stuff that indicates a star in the making.”
Belcher recently created the roles of Inspector Kildare in Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell's Elizabeth Cree at Opera Philadelphia, James Addison III in Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek's The House Without a Christmas Tree at Houston Grand Opera (recorded for a September 2018 release on the Pentatone label),
Lord Bellingham in Lori Laitman's The Scarlet Letter at Opera Colorado (released on the Naxos label), Brian Castner in Jeremy Howard Beck's The Long Walk with Opera Saratoga, and Robert Kennedy in Robin de Raaff’s Waiting for Miss Monroe for his debut at The Netherlands Opera and Holland Festival. Other world premiere roles include John Brooke in Mark Adamo’s Little Women (released on the Ondine label and recorded by PBS’ Great Performances), Andy Warhol in Michael Daugherty’s Jackie O (released by Decca on the Argo label), and multiple roles in Tod Machover’s Resurrection (released on the Ondine label), all with Houston Grand Opera.
In addition to his active performing career, Belcher is a sought-after voice teacher, administrator and clinician. As the Director of the Artist Diploma at William Jewell College, he has developed a program designed to bridge the gap between academia and the professional performing career. His students from William Jewell have recently won
numerous prizes in the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition and performed with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Central City Opera, Opera Saratoga, Opera Maine and others.
He serves as the voice teacher for the Resident Artist Programs at both Opera Colorado and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. In the past, he has served on the faculties of the Florida State University, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, IVAI – Tel Aviv, and Creative Dialogue at the Sibelius Akademie in Helsinki. He has led master classes at USC, University of Utah, Manchester University, University of Wisconsin, among others, as well as with the young artist programs of Portland Opera, Utah Opera, Madison Opera, Chautauqua Opera and others.
OC Archives: Daniel Belcher (Papageno) and Camille Jasensky (Papagena) in The Magic Flute (2015)
The Letter Duet (Dunque io son), THE BARBER OF SEVILLE (2013) - Central City Opera
Rossini: The Italian Girl in Algiers - Pappataci! (Carfizzi, Brownlee, Belcher)
Kaddish from 2 Mélodies hébraïques by Maurice Ravel performed by Daniel Belcher and Sarah Rothenberg
Mr. Belcher is featured on many distinguished operatic recordings, including some World Premieres, and little-known works. View and listen below.
The House without a Christmas Tree
Houston Grand Opera
A Quiet Place
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
The Scarlett Letter
Waiting for Miss Monroe
Dutch National Opera
Let the wind speak
L'amour de loin
WINNER: 2011 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording
WINNER: Diapason d'Or*
Nominee: 2010 Gramophone Award for Best Opera Recording
DVD & CD
Houston Grand Opera