Daniel Bates, a native of Elmira, NY, is currently a Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Artist. As a member of the chorus, he will be performing in Carmen, Fidelio, The Impresario & Le Rossignol, and Dr. Sun Yat-sen, as well as performing in the Apprentice Scenes Program in August. In the 2014-2015 season, Daniel will make his debut with Florida Grand Opera as a Young Artist. He will perform the roles of Goro in Madama Butterfly, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Nadir in The Pearl Fishers, and will cover The Magician in The Consul. This past season he performed the roles of Nanki-poo in The Mikado, and Pong in Turandot, and covered Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore as a Resident Artist with Shreveport Opera. Daniel was also a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Operas National Council Auditions. In the summer of 2013, he was a Studio Artist with Opera Saratoga.
Daniel’s roles include Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Lurcanio in Ariodante, Laurie in Little Women, Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro, The Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S Pinafore, Orfeo in L’Orfeo by Monteverdi, the Drunkard in the collegiate premiere of The Little Prince by Rachel Portman, and Le Comte Barigoule in Cendrillion. In the summer of 2012, Daniel was a Festival Artist with Utah Festival Opera where he performed in productions of Tosca, Faust, and Kiss Me Kate, and covered The Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. In the summer of 2010, he performed as a soloist for DCINY at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fischer Hall.
Daniel holds his Master’s Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College, where he studied with Dr. Brad Hougham. Daniel studies with Catherine Cook.