Daniel Behle is one of the most sought-after German lieder singers. Last season the Hamburg native appeared in recital at the Eppaner Liedsommer, at Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, the Cuvilliés Theater and Prince Regent Theater in Munich, the Schwetzingen Festival and the Schubertiade. His appearance at the Cologne Philharmonie in May 2012 was greeted with enthusiasm when he stepped in at short notice, performing songs by Beethoven, Grieg, Schubert and Strauss with pianist Oliver Schnyder.
In June 2013 Daniel Behle will make his recital debut at Wigmore Hall (“Die schöne Müllerin”, accompanied by Sveinung Bjelland). Further highlights of the 2012/13 season include concerts with the Saxon Staatskapelle Dresden under Christian Thielemann (Mozart “Requiem”), Mozart concert arias with the Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra, Schubert’s “Winterreise” in the arrangement for orchestra by Hans Zender, as well as recitals at Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle, the Prince Regent Theater in Munich and the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
His debut CD with songs by Schubert, Beethoven, Grieg, Britten and Trojahn was selected as one of the 15 best new releases of 2009 by the Metropolitan Opera Guild. “Die schöne Müllerin”, “Dichterliebe” and his most recent recording of Richard Strauss songs met with an overwhelming response from music critics: “This thrilling Strauss album makes me want to hear this young German tenor in everything he sings. His light lyric timbre is reminiscent, in its ascents to the stratosphere, of earlier German-speaking tenors (Tauber and Dermota spring to mind). He crowns Cäcilie with a stunning top B...breathtaking work from both singer and pianist.” (The Sunday Times, 6th May 2012). His interpretation of Tamino on René Jacobs’s awarding-winning recording of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” was also highly praised. “Artaserse” will be released by EMI in autumn of 2012.
Daniel Behle is a welcome guest with the Saxon Staatskapelle Dresden, the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Gürzenich Orchestra, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the WDR Radio Orchestra, the Capella Augustina, the Kissingen Summer Festival and the Stuttgart Bach Academy. He works with such conductors as Christian Thielemann, Frans Brüggen, Markus Stenz, James Gaffigan, Andreas and Christoph Spering, Sebastian Weigle and Jeffrey Tate.
His concert repertoire includes Bach’s great oratorios, Handel’s “The Messiah”, Mozart’s “Requiem” and concert arias for tenor, Rossini’s “Stabat mater” and “Petite messe solennelle”, Dvořák’s “Requiem”, Haydn’s “The Creation” and Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”.
He appears at the leading European opera houses, such as Milan’s La Scala, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Frankfurt Opera, Staatsoper Berlin, the Bavarian Staatsoper in Munich, the Hamburg Staatsoper, the Royal Opera in Stockholm and the Opéra National de Paris.
Important operatic engagements during the coming seasons will include his debut in the role of the King’s Son in Humperdinck’s “Königskinder” at the Frankfurt Opera (September 2012), his debut at the Zurich Opera House (Belmonte, January 2013) and his debut as Idomeneo (Frankfurt Opera, autumn 2013). In spring of 2014 he will sing Matteo in Strauss’s “Arabella” for the first time in Salzburg, and in autumn 2014 he makes his debut in the role of Henry Morosus in Strauss’s “Die schweigsame Frau” at the Bavarian Staatsoper in Munich.
After studying trombone and composition Daniel Behle completed his studies in voice at the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg with distinction and won first prize at several prestigious vocal competitions. He lives with his family in Basel.
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