Daniel Belcher


Distinguished Faculty Artist; Director, Artist Diploma - Voice Music

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.

Education

  • William Jewell College
  • The Julliard School