Daniel Behle

The singer and composer Daniel Behle was awarded the OPUS Klassik as “Singer of the Year” in 2020 for his CD MoZart. He is equally successful as a singer in concert, lied and opera and made his highly acclaimed debut in the title role in Lohengrin at the Dortmund Opera in 2019. His repertoire spans all eras from Baroque masterpieces to 21st century compositions.

He is also increasingly making a name for himself as a composer: After compositions and arrangements for tenor and piano trio such as WinterreiseN (Sony Classical), Mein Hamburg (Berlin Classics) and Meine schönsten Weihnachtslieder (Sony Classical), his first operetta Hopfen und Malz was written in the last two years and successfully premiered in Annaberg-Buchholz in January 2023.

Highlights of the 2022/23 season included Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Berlin Philharmonic and Kirill Petrenko, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and a gala concert of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony conducted by André de Ridder in Freiburg. Lieder recitals and chamber music projects have taken him to the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Alte Oper Frankfurt and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. Opera engagements have taken him to the Nederlandse Opera as the King’s Son (Königskinder, M.L.: Marc Albrecht), the Zurich Opera House as Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail, M.L.: Riccardo Minasi) and the Semperoper Dresden as Loge (Das Rheingold) and David (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, M.L.: Christian Thielemann).

Daniel Behle regularly performs with orchestras such as the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. He has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the KKL Lucerne and most recently at the Musikverein Vienna.

Important opera engagements in recent years have taken him to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte), the Staatstheater Stuttgart (Der Freischütz, Lohengrin), the Zurich Opera House (Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Arabella), the Bavarian State Opera (Arabella, Giuditta), the Vienna State Opera (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and the Bayreuth Festival (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Tannhäuser).

His steadily growing discography (17 solo albums) includes numerous award-winning recordings. Among others, Die Schöne Müllerin and Strauss-Lieder (both Capriccio), Gluck Arias (Decca) and Schubert arias received special attention. His second Strauss album Un-Erhört (Prospero Classical) with Oliver Schnyder at the piano was awarded the German Record Critics’ Prize.

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