Daniel Belcher

baritone

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 most 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 2018-19, he created the role of Alfred Stieglitz in Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed's world premiere of Today it Rains with Opera Parallele and sang Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Fredrik Egerman in A Little Night Music at Madison Opera, and Beaumarchais in John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles and Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Chautauqua Opera. The 2019-2020 season and beyond sees him join the Metropolitan Opera for Akhnaten, his debut with OnSite Opera as Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Ponchel in Silent Night in his return to Utah Opera, Abilene’s Father in Edward Tulane with Minnesota Opera, and a return to Houston Grand Opera.

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07.10.2019

"On Friday, I found myself enjoying Barbiere in Norton Hall mostly for the time-honored reasons. This is an opera that succeeds by not taking itself seriously, and while director Kathleen Smith Belcher promised social commentary in her program note, she mostly let the...

06.13.2019

"Director Brian Staufenbiel gave the opera a fluid staging on Sean Riley’s set, which employed a series of moveable pieces. A stack of suitcases in the opening scene at Penn Station, along with a succession of arches and banquettes, were all put to use as elements of t...

03.29.2019

"baritone Daniel Belcher is entirely believable as the the troubled patriarchal figure, and his commanding presence creates riveting tension. Belcher’s mellifluous voice is alternately strong and sensitive, and his musical nuance makes the plot resolution work."

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12.19.2018

"Daniel Belcher was an austere, yet sensitive and elegant sounding Melchior. His rendition of “Oh, Woman, You Can Keep That Gold,” was a real musical highlight of the performance."
-Opera Wire

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"The Magi offered complementary virtues...and, above all, ba...

11.06.2018

"Daniel Belcher, baritone, gave a fine performance, presenting a conflicted American Consul Sharpless, torn between his personal sympathies and his ingrained Western biases." -KC Studio

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