Daniel Klein is a multifaceted artist, educator and entrepreneur. Off the stage he has spent his time split between fostering the next generation of vocal talent in his highly regarded private studio on Long Island and the life of a musical entrepreneur, founding the North Shore Music Festival in 2011. On the stage he is consistently singled out for his impeccable vocalism and powerful performances of some of the most demanding repertoire.
About his teaching
Daniel's approach to teaching is what you might call a bespoke approach. He tailors his methods and approach to each student and their individual learning styles, personalities, strengths and weaknesses to most quickly and effectively bring about a positive change in their singing. Underlying this, his vocal technique is thoroughly rooted in the 'old Italian school' or 'bel canto' and backed up by the latest research into physiology, performance psychology and acoustics. Much of his understanding of the voice he credits to his mentor and teacher of the the last 16 years, Judith Oas Natalucci. He received his Masters in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California in 2002 and was voted by the voice faculty as the "Outstanding Graduate." He additionally holds a Bachelors in Vocal Arts from Carnegie Mellon University.
He began teaching privately in the United States in 2003 upon returning from several years of living in Europe. His private students run the gammut from professional singers working in opera, musical theater and commercial music all the way to absolute beginners who are just discovering their love of singing. In his Long Island studio he has had particular success with middle school and high school students preparing them for college auditions, competitions, broadway auditions and for NYSSMA adjudication.
As a performer
Imaginative, adventurous, and occasionally downright terrifying, audiences have found in Bass-Baritone, Daniel Klein an exciting example of versatility. Recent appearances include 'Donnie' Don Pizarro in Heartbeat Opera's acclaimed Black Lives Matter Fidelio which he will reprise this winter; Olin Blitch in Susannah with Lighthouse Opera; Marcello in La Boheme and Baron Gondremark in La vie Parisienne with Long Island Opera; Fra Melitone in La Forza del Destino with New Amsterdam Opera; Hyde in the New York Premier of Carlisle Floyd’s The Prince of Players with the Little Opera Theater of New York and the bass soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Handel's Messiah with Garden State Symphony. Other recent credits include the title role Frank London’s new opera Hatuey: A Memory of Fire at the Sundance Theater Lab, Don Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia of which the New York Times said he was ‘an unusually dark and steely Bartolo.’ He joined the Altamura/Roundtop Festival as Geronimo in Il Matrimonio Segreto, and returned to Opera Company of Middlebury as Ping in Turandot where he has performed Marcello in La bohème, Rambaldo in La rondine and Mustafà in The Italian Girl in Algiers (L’Italiana in Algeri), Monterone in Annapolis Opera's Rigoletto, Tonio in Opera Providence's Pagliacci, and as the Recluse in Frank London’s Talmudic-Klezmer Oratorio A night in the Old Marketplace in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
About his Company
Under his guidance, the North Shore Music Festival has brought over a dozen operas to Long Island's Gold Coast in the past 7 years, uniting performing artists, students and audiences for unforgettable evenings. As part of his responsibilities, Daniel oversees casting and repertoire for their seasons, and sits through hundreds of auditions every year. NSMF's focus is to enrich the cultural life of the residents and community of Long Island’s four counties through innovative and engaging events of the highest artistic quality, including orchestral concerts, chamber music, opera, contemporary music, master classes, lectures, and youth programs.
updated August 22, 2018