Daniel Brenna

Guest of the Opera

Daniel’s international career began in 2011 when he portrayed Aron in Moses and Aron at the Zurich Opera House. Before, he already enjoyed huge success in this very role with the Budapest Philharmonics at the Miskolc Festival in Budapest and at the Palace of Arts in 2010. In summer 2012 Daniel Brenna made his widely noticed debut as Desportes in Alois Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten at the Salzburg Festival. He makes his debut in this role at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich in 2014 and in 2015 at the Scala di Milano. The American born singer studied musicology at the Boston University and completed his studies with a Master of Music and his opera diploma. First engagements brought him to the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra under the musical direction of Seiji Ozawa and Daniel Harding. The artist made his European debut at the Music Theatre in Gelsenkirchen. Recently, further guest engagements brought him to the Opera House Leipzig, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Aalto-Theatre Essen, the Festival St. Margarethen, the Munster Opera House, the Klagenfurt Theatre and the Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra, where he performed a.o. The False Dmitry in Boris Godunov, Boris in Káťa Kabanová , Prince Radjami in Die Bajadere the 1st armoured man in Die Zauberflöte, Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos or Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. Besides, Daniel Brenna could be seen at the Stuttgart State Opera as the Drum Major in Wozzeck and as Aegisth in Elektra. In the season 2013/2014 Daniel enjoyed huge successes as Jim Mahoney on the occasion of the May Festival 2013 at the Wiesbaden State Theatre and as Siegmund and Siegfried in a special version of Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Opéra Dijon. In the seasonal review of the German newspapers “WAZ” and “NRZ” and Welt am Sonntag he was voted the best singer for his first interpretation of Tannhäuser at the Dortmund Theatre. Daniel Brenna performs with such renowned conductors and directors as Christoph von Dohnányi, Kirill Petrenko, Ingo Metzmacher, Stefan Soltesz, Michael Schonwandt, Marc Soustrot, Achim Freyer, Jossi Wieler, Andreas Moses, Alvis Hermanis, Andreas Baesler, and Peter Konwitschny. In the season 14/15 further engagements take him as Alwa in Lulu to the Dutch Opera Amsterdam under the musical direction of Fabio Luisi, as Laca in Jenůfa to the Prague National Opera and as Tannhäuser to the Prague State Opera. Future engagements include Alwa in Lulu and Laca in Jenůfa at the Metropolitan Opera and Siegfried in Siegfried and Götterdämmerung in Francesca Zambello’s new Ring at the Washington National Opera.

Update: November 2014