(Born 12 March 1966)
David Daniels is an American countertenor.
He is the son of two singing teachers.
Starting as a boy soprano and later singing tenor he switched to singing countertenor under the guidance of his voice teacher, George Shirley.
He made his professional debut in 1992 and in 1997, he won the prestigious Richard Tucker Award.
In 1999 he debuted with the Metropolitan Opera as Sesto in Giulio Cesare.
Since then his repertoire has grown substantially and now it includes other major Handel roles such as Arsace in the comedy Partenope, the title role in Arsamene, Xerxes and other roles such as Rinaldo and Orlando as well as David in Saul.
He has interpreted roles like Ottone in Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea and in Vivaldi's opera Bajazet he has played the role of Tamerlano.
David Daniels has also branched out from the baroque roles usually reserved for counter-tenors and he has included in his repertoire roles such as Oberon in Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
He has played Oberon at the Metropolitan Opera and taken the part of Orfeo in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
In addition to his opera performances he is a recitalist and has specialised in singing art songs not necessarily associated with counter tenors and he has also performed works by composers such as Berlioz and Poulenc.