Bio – Daniel Moody
Countertenor Daniel Moody has garnered widespread acclaim for his commanding yet expressive vocal timbre and his breathtaking musicianship. Praised as having a “vocal resonance, [which] makes a profoundly startling impression” (The New York Times) and for his “vivid and powerful” voice (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), Mr. Moody is equally known for his “sweet and melancholy sound” (The Washington Post) and ability to “pierce hearts” and “utterly silence a room” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer) with his expressivity and connection with audiences.
Opera appearances include the title roles in Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Rinaldo, Arsamene in Xerxes, Lichas in Hercules, Didymus in Theodora, Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, L’Enfant in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges and most recently, Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with Cincinnati Opera alongside Anthony Roth Costanzo where American Record Guide remarked on Moody’s performance “numerous moments of utter beauty… voice blossom[ing] out into something big and round and smooth. [F]loats easily into soprano range…”
Mr. Moody drew attention in the role of Rinaldo from the San Diego Story for his unusually powerful tone: “[Mr. Moody] may help to create a new operatic vocal category: Helden Countertenor.” Daniel has also performed roles in Mark Morris’ productions of Britten’s Curlew River and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at BAM (Howard Gilman Opera House) and at the Tanglewood Music Festival where the Financial Times noted his “inspired and absorbing performances.”
Mr. Moody has soloed with acclaimed orchestras across the country and abroad including, Atlanta Symphony (Thomas Søndergård conducting), Les Violons du Roy in Québec City, (Bernard Labadie), Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra (Jeannette Sorrell) Portland Baroque Orchestra (David Hill), Illinois Symphony, Charleston Symphony (Ken Lam), Winston-Salem Symphony (Robert Moody), and gave the American premiere of George Benjamin’s Dream of the Song (Stefan Asbury) at the Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood Festival. Mr. Moody has also performed with numerous early music groups and festivals including Boston, Indianapolis, and Washington Early Music Festivals, renowned group Acronym at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Mountainside Baroque (Maryland) and La Fiocco (Pennsylvania). A graduate of the prestigious Yale Voxtet – resident at Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music – he has performed as a soloist at such venues as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, London’s St. John’s Smith Square and, Cambridge’s Trinity College, with conductors David Hill, Simon Carrington, Masaaki Suzuki, and Matthew Halls. His performances have been broadcast live in concert on BBC Radio 3 in the United Kingdom, on Boston’s WGBH, Indiana’s WFIU, and WSHU’s Sunday Baroque.
Recent debuts and upcoming seasons include Messiah with Minnesota Orchestra, a tour of St. Matthew Passion with Apollo’s Fire, a duet concert with famed mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (Nicholas McGegan), Carnegie Hall debuts with Oratorio Society of New York and Musica Sacra (Kent Tritle), concerts with Opera Lafayette, and commissioned operas by composers Hannah Lash (Desire) and Elena Ruehr (Cosmic Cowboy).
Mr. Moody is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory (BM ’14), Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music (MM ‘16) and has won several awards in prestigious competitions which include Metropolitan National Council Auditions, George London Competition; George London Award (2018) and Encouragement Award (2017), Handel Aria Competition, Rochester Oratorio Society Classical Idol, New York Oratorio Society Competition, and 1st prize of the Russell Wonderlic Competition.