Imaginative, adventurous, and occasionally downright terrifying, audiences have found in Baritone, Daniel Klein an exciting example of versatility. As he evolves as an artist, so have the roles for which he has been called upon to interpret. Capturing the iconic psychological terror of Verdi’s villains, Jago (Otello) andCount di Luna (Il Trovatore) at Taconic Opera, he conversely exposed the intimate, introspection of John Proctor in IVAI Tel Aviv’s The Crucible, wickedly betrayed Tosca as Scarpia (Tosca) at Taconic Opera, and was unforgettable asDick Deadeye (HMS Pinafore) with Lyric Opera of San Diego. Among his other roles are Shamrayeff in Pasatieri’s The Seagull with Dicapo Opera Theatre and the Armel Festival in Szged Hungary, The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance at the Fresno Grand Opera.
Other recent performances have included: a debut with Skylight Opera asBasilio in their production of Barber of Seville; the title role of Don Giovanni with Dell’Arte Opera and Satori Opera; Plunket in Flowtow’s Martha with the Liederkranz Opera Theater; he originated the role of Manfred Guyer in the stage premier American Opera Project’s Lost Childhood in Tel Aviv.
In 2008, Mr. Klein was invited to join the Evelyn Lear and Tom Stewart Emerging Singers Program of the Wagner Society of Washington D.C. and appeared in their annual concert at the German Consulate in Washington D.C.. Also in 2008, Mr. Klein was given The Arthur & Mae Orvis Award at the Liederkranz Foundation Opera Competition, was finalist in the Violetta DuPont Opera at Florham Competition, semifinalist in the Hans Gabor International Singing Competition in Vienna Austria and a recipient of a Hagedorn Foundation grant. Dan Wolfe of Denton Publications noted Mr. Klein “has all the earmarks of a major career…”
In 2006, as part of Angels Vocal Arts Center he worked intensely in televised masterclasses with legendary tenor Carlo Bergonzi who upon hearing him said “This is truly a Verdian voice, absolutely.” This culminated in a concert at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, Los Angeles which was broadcast throughout California on KSCI 18. Also in 2006, he attended the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, working with Sherril Milnes, Mignon Dunn, and Joan Dornemann.
Mr. Klein made his Avery Fisher debut singing as the Baritone soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. In the world of modern music, besides Lost Childhood, Mr. Klein created the roles of Morris and Murray in Michael Sahls’ Dinner and Delusions with the Center for Contemporary Opera and later reprised the role with New York City Opera’s VOX Festival. With the New York City Drama Center, Mr. Klein premiered Thomas Toscano’s Il Peccato di Donna Santa. His voice can be heard in soundtracks by Emmy Award winning film composer James Michael Dooley.
Mr. Klein holds a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, where he sang such widely varied roles as Seneca(L’Incornazione di Poppea), Sprecher (Die Zauberflote) and The Secret Police (The Consul). In 2002, he graduated from University of Southern California’s Flora L Thornton School of Music with a Masters in Vocal Arts, and was elected by the faculty as the “Outstanding Graduate” of that year. At USC he performed Dandini (La Cenerentola), Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte), and Frank (Die Fledermaus). In 2003, he attended La Universita per Stranieri di Perugia, Italy and in 2004, attended Die Neue Schule, Berlin, Germany.