"Der Clou erscheint aber der Desportes des Daniel Brenna"
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In 2022, the heldentenor portrays the DRUM MAJOR in ‘Wozzeck’ at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, LACA in ‘Jenufa’ at the Grand Opéra de Genève, SIEGMUND at the Budapest Wagner Days 2022, PARSIFAL in concerts with the 3rd act at the Norske Opera Oslo and SIEGFRIED at the Staatsoper Stuttgart.
Besides, he is SIEGFRIED in the ‘Ring’ at the Helsinki National Opera and the Göteborg Operan in the seasons 20/21 to 23/24.

Daniel Brenna is one of the most sought-after SIEGFRIED interpreters worldwide. He sang this very role 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 the Opéra Dijon. He was SIEGFRIED in ‘Siegfried’ at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, theStaatstheater Kassel, and with the Odense Symphony Orchestra and SIEGFRIED in ‘Götterdämmerung ‘ at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe State and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2018 a CD recording with these concerts was released at the label Naxos.

Daniel’s international career began in 2011 when he portrayed ARON in ‘Moses and Aron’ at the Opernhaus Zürich. 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 2020 he returned to the Opernhaus Zürich as the DRUM MAJOR in ‘Wozzeck’.

In 2012 Daniel Brenna made his widely noticed debut as DESPORTES in Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s ‘Die Soldaten’ at the Salzburg Festival. Later, he also sang this role at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and at the Scala di Milano.

In 2015 he made his successful debut as ALWA in ‘Lulu’ at the Metropolitan Opera New York.
This production was nominated by the New York Times as THE BEST IN CULTURE 2015: ‘Here was an ingenious staging…., with a superb cast…’. Moreover, the excerpt was nominated for Best Opera Recording at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. In 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 the artist to the Opera House Bilbao, the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, the Edmonton Opera, the Comic Opera Berlin, the Opera House Leipzig, 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 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 best singer for his first interpretation of TANNHÄUSER at the Dortmund Theatre.

Lately, his affinity to contemporary music was 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’.

He also portrayed LACA in ‘Jenufa’ in Dijon, Caen and at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden, the DRUM MAJOR at the Helsinki National Opera, EISENSTEIN in ‘Die Fledermaus’ in gala concerts at the BASF Feierabendhaus and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. With the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra he performed Mahler’s LIED VON DER ERDE and at the Bard Summerscape Festival he was the STRANGER in ‘Das Wunder der Heliane’.

Due to the COVID19 pandemic his engagement as the DRUM MAJOR at the Festival Aix-enProvence and his debut as TRISTAN at the Staatsoper Stuttgart and PARSIFAL at the Grand Opera de Genève were cancelled.

In autumn 2020 he sang for the first time the title part in Zemlinsky’s TRAUMGÖRGE at the Opéra de Nancy and at the Opéra de Dijon.