Specialty: Baritone soloist
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. He has performed in aria concerts for Maryland Opera and Opera Delaware. In spring 2021 Daniel performed in a workshop version of Rhiannon Giddens’ opera Omar for The Spoleto Festival and was in residency with Opera Ithaca as the character Brian for a workshop of Sally Lamb McCune’s opera We Wear the Sea like A Coat. Most recently, Daniel rejoined The Spoleto Festival for the 2022 world premiere of Omar as the characters Suleiman, Ben and John while covering the roles of Omar’s Brother Abdul and Abe. For the 2022-2023 season, Mr. Rich will join the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera.
Mr. Rich has enjoyed early success not only as an emerging opera singer but as a recitalist and concert artist. He has performed concert and oratorio work with organizations such as Capital Singers of Trenton, Baltimore Musicales, Opera Ebony, DC Strings Workshop, Brooklyn Ecumenical, South East Queens Ecumenical, Three on 3, CAAPA, NANM, and Harlem Opera Theater, amongst others. Oratorio and 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, Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts, Margaret Bonds’ Ballad of The Brown King, Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem, Considering Matthew Shepard, and Beethoven’s Fantasia in C minor. In 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. In October 2022 he will make his debut with Alexandria Symphony Orchestra singing the Bass solo for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Daniel is a past recipient of the Edgar Foster Daniels Scholarship in Voice at Manhattan School of Music and winner of the Harlem Opera Theater Vocal Competition, The Mario Lanza Institute Vocal Competition, The B-Sharp Chapter of NANM’s Marian Anderson Vocal Competition, and the Opera Ebony Benjamin Matthews Vocal Competition. Most recently Daniel was the 1st place winner of the ALLTech Vocal Competition at The University of Kentucky and 1st place winner of the Black Brilliance Art Song Competition by The Pleiades Project and Toledo Opera.
Mr. Rich has worked as a music consultant and choral librarian for music ministries, a public school music teacher and as an adjunct professor of voice at The University of Maryland-Baltimore County Campus.
He is an alumnus of Morgan State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music 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 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.