Daniel Montenegro


A graduate of San Francisco’s prestigious Adler Fellow Opera Program, American tenor Daniel Montenegro is recognized for his flexible and distinctive voice and a varied repertoire of bel canto, verismo, and contemporary roles. In 2015, Daniel made his Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and San Diego Opera debuts as Luis (a role he created) in El Pasado Nuca se Termina. Recent seasons include Rafael in Cruzar la Cara de la Luna in his debut with both New York City Opera and Houston Grand Opera, his San Diego opera debut as Arcadio in Florencia en el Amazonas, Giovanni (La Hija de Rappaccini) with Gotham Opera and his European opera debut at the Théâtre du Châtelet as Mario in Daniel Catán’s Il Postino along side Plácido Domingo, as well as a number of significant role and company debuts including Roderigo (Otello) with San Francisco Opera under Nicola Luisotti, Alfredo (La Traviata) with New Orleans Opera and Minnesota Opera, Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) with Washington National Opera, Pang (Turandot) at the Hollywood Bowl conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Pong (Turandot) with San Francisco Opera and Dallas Opera, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette with Tulsa Opera and the Castleton Festival, and most recently, Mario in Il Postino with Opera Saratoga, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Arizona Opera, and Rafael in Cruzar la Cara de la Luna in his debut with Fort Worth Opera.


The 2018-2019 season saw him as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Opera Columbus, Alfredo in La Traviata with Arizona Opera, and Luis in El Pasado Nuca se Termina with Fort Worth Opera.The 2019-2020 season includes a return to San Francisco Opera as Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette, Mario in Il postino with Virginia Opera and Opera Santa Barbara, and Verdi’s Requiem with the Phoenix Symphony.

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"Montenegro’s Mario sweetly gains confidence, with Neruda’s assistance, as he gains Beatrice’s hand. He plays very effectively Mario’s sadness and bewilderment when Neruda, released from exile and once more globe-trotting to great acclaim, seems to have forgotten him.....


"Tenor Daniel Montenegro is well cast as Tybalt, his voice has darkened in the years since he's been here last, and he is a good foil for Roméo." - Opera Tattler

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"...tenor Daniel Montenegro (Merola 2010; Adler Fellowship 2011), as Juliet's testosterone-...


"The strong cast was headed by Daniel Montenegro, who exhibited a plangent tenor, as the young aristocratic Luis. He was also a gifted, natural actor and didn’t seem challenged in the least by all the spoken dialogue he had to deliver." -Opera News

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"As Amorita’s criollo love interest Luis, tenor Daniel Montenegro likewise successfully navigated the overlapping zones of opera and mariachi, particularly in his big aria, “El Cometa.”"
-Texas Classical Review

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"The strong cast was headed by Daniel Mont...


"But the most magical element of all in Daniel Catán’s magical-realism opera is the singing.Soprano Elaine Alvarez is stunning in her role debut as Florencia, a world-famous but heartbroken opera singer returning to the wilds of her native Brazil to find her lost love....

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