2018 recipient of the German Australian-Opera Grant, Daniel Carison is one of Australia's most promising baritones. A graduate of the University of Melbourne in 2014, Daniel completed his initial operatic training under the guidance of Peter Mander. In 2015 Daniel became the recipient of a scholarship with the Melba Opera Trust, the premier operatic training and business program for singers in the Southern Hemisphere. In 2017, Daniel joined the Melba Opera Trust for a third consecutive year as the recipient of the Ruskin Opera Award and the Paulette Bisley Opera Scholarship, through Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust.
"A singer just on the threshold of what could be a stellar career, Carison has a fine voice and lives the songs as he sings them."
/ The Advertiser - May 8 /
Initially destined to become a purely theatrical actor, Daniel turned in the direction of classical music after some strong encouragement from mentors during his final weeks of secondary education. His early stage experience came in the form of roles such as Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof) and Henry Higgins (My Fair Lady) for which Daniel received awards including Best Actor in a Leading role from the Victorian Theatre Guild. Now a principal artist with the Victorian Opera, Daniel has studied and performed roles including Pandolfe (Cendrillon - Massanet), Balthazar (The Play of Herod - Mills). Other features include I Pagliacci/Laughter and Tears, Lucia di Lammermoor, Sweeney Todd, Der Fliegende Holländer and Don Carlo with Opera Australia. In 2017, Daniel made his international operatic debut in Die Zauberflöte as Papageno with the Malaysian Philharmonic orchestra. However, Daniel´s most recent accolade came in June of 2018 when he made both a role and stage debut as Masetto in Don Giovanni with only 24 hours notice.
Whilst being a passionate theatrical performer, Daniel's true affinity lies with Lieder and song. At only 25 his performance experience is extensive and he is a highly regarded concert artist in Australia. Some of Daniel's celebrated performances already include Dichterliebe op.48 (Schumann – 2014 and 2018), Songs of Travel (Vaughan Williams - 2015) Vier ernste Gesänge (Brahms –2015), Winterreise (Schubert – 2015), Schwanengesang (Schubert – 2016), Die Schöne Müllerin (Schubert - 2017), An die Ferne Geliebte (Beethoven - 2016) Chansons Madecasses (Ravel – 2016) to name a few. Daniel is also a very passionate performer and exponent of modern music. In 2015 Daniel received much acclaim for his performance as John from the Book of Revelations in the international premiere of the Requiem for the End of Time by Stefan Cassomenos. Daniel is also a known for his compelling singing of Oratorio and in 2014 he was awarded first prize in the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria Competition.
Daniel has had the great pleasure of coaching with a number of international artists in recent years which include Renee Fleming, Yvonne Kenny, Guillaume Tourniare, Stuart Skelton, Glenn Winslade, Simon O'Neil and many more.
2018 is already shaping up to be a busy year full of exciting debuts. Along with his regular concert series program taking place in Australia. Daniel will make his debut with the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden in a series of role debuts including, Salome (Strauss), Don Giovanni (Mozart), Jenufa (Janáček), Tannhäuser (Wagner), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner), Rigoletto (Verdi), Madame Butterfly (Puccini) and Die Sieben Todsünden (Weill).