‚a Wagner interpreter, the international opera world can really do with ‘
Der Neue Merker wrote on DANIEL BRENNA as SIEGFRIED at the Stuttgart State Opera.
Since his debut as SIEGFRIED at the Longborough Festival, Daniel Brenna is one of the most sought-after heldentenors for this very role. Recently, he sang SIEGFRIED in the RING at the San Francisco Opera, the Washington National Opera, the Theater an der Wien, at the Budapest Wagner Days, at the Ravello Festival and at the Opéra Dijon. He was SIEGFRIED in ‘Siegfried’ at the Stuttgart State Opera and with the Odense Symphony Orchestra and SIEGFRIED in ‘Götterdämmerung ‘ at the Karlsruhe State Theatre and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. In autumn 2018 a CD recording with these concerts wasreleased at Naxos.
Daniel’s international career began in 2011 when he portrayed ARON in ‘Moses and Aron’ at the Zürich Opera House. Before, he already enjoyed huge success in this very role with the Budapest Philharmonics at the Miskolc Festival in Hungary and at the Palace of Arts in Budapest. In summer 2012 Daniel Brenna made his widely noticed debut as DESPORTES in Alois Zimmermann’s ‘Die Soldaten’ at the Salzburg Festival. In 2014 he made his debut in this role at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and in 2015 at the Scala di Milano.
In 2015 followed his successful debut as ALWA in ‘Lulu’ at the Metropolitan Opera New York. This production was elected by the New York Times as THE BEST IN CULTURE 2015: ‘Here was an ingenious staging…., with a superb cast…’. The November 21, 2015 HD performance of Lulu was nominated for Best Opera Recording for the 60th annual Grammy Awards.
In autumn 2016 he returned to the Met as LACA in ‘Jenufa’.
Daniel 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.
Today, he performs with such renowned conductors and directors as Christoph von Dohnányi, Kirill Petrenko, Ingo Metzmacher, Donald Runnicles, Stefan Soltesz, Michael Schonwandt, Alexander Vedernikov, Jaap van Zweden, Lothar Zagrosek, Achim Freyer, Jossi Wieler, Alvis Hermanis, Andreas Baesler, William Kentridge, Peter Konwitschny, Francesca Zambello,…
Guest engagements brought him to the Opera House Bilbao, the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, the Edmonton Opera, the Comic Opera Berlin, the Aalto-Theatre Essen, the Festival St. Margarethen and the Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra. His repertoire also includes such roles as SIEGMUND, THE FALSE DMITRY in ‘Boris Godunov’, BORIS in ‘Katja Kabanowa’ , HERODES in ‚Salome’, AEGISTH in ‘Elektra’, PRINCE RADJAMI in ‘Die Bajadere’, BACCHUS in ‘Ariadne’ or EISENSTEIN in ‘Die Fledermaus’.
Daniel enjoyed huge success as JIM MAHONEY on the occasion of the May Festival Wiesbaden . In the seasonal review of the German newspapers “WAZ” and “NRZ” and “Welt am Sonntag” he was elected as the best singer for his first interpretation of TANNHÄUSER at the Dortmund Theatre.
His affinity to contemporary music was recently proved in the world premieres of PUSCHKIN in Moscow and as ALOIS OBRIST at the St. Gallen Theatre in Philipp Hefti’s ‘Anna’s Mask’ .
In the season 2018/2019 he is LACA in ‘Jenufa’ in Dijon, Caen and at the Wiesbaden State Theatre, the DRUM MAJOR at the Helsinki National Opera and SIEGFRIED in ‘Götterdämmerung ‘ in Karlsruhe. He portrays EISENSTEIN in gala concerts at the BASF Hall and at the German Opera Berlin. With the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra he sings Mahler’s LIED VON DER ERDE and at the Bard SummerScape Festival he debutes as the STRANGER in ‘Das Wunder der Heliane’.
Future engagements take the Heldentenor as DRUM MAJOR to the Opera House Zurich and to the Festival in Aix-en-Provence. He sings his first TRISTAN at the Stuttgart State Opera, makes his debut as PARSIFAL at the Grand Opéra de Genève and sings SIEGFRIED in the ‘Ring’ at the Kassel State Theatre and the Gothenburg Opera House.