‚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. In 2011 Brenna already enthralled the The Times with his debut in this very role at the Longborough Festival
‘Daniel Brenna is American, and must be one of the youngest and most convincing Siegfrieds around ‘
Recently, DANIEL BRENNA sang SIEGFRIED in ‚Siegfried‘ and ‚Götterdämmerung‘ at the Washington National Opera in a Francesca Zambello production, in a special Ring-Trilogy’ at the Theater an der Wien, at the Budapest Wagner Days with Adám Fischer, at the Opéra Dijon and with the Odense Symphony Orchestra and Alexander Vedernikov.
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 2010.
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.
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.
Guest engagements brought him to the Opera House Leipzig, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Aalto-Theatre Essen, the Festival St. Margarethen and the Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra. His repertoire includes such roles as SIEGMUND, THE FALSE DMITRY in ‘Boris Godunov’, BORIS in ‘Katja Kabanowa’ , PRINCE RADJAMI in ‘Die Bajadere’ 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’.
Daniel enjoyed huge successes 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 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, Ádam Fischer, Ingo Metzmacher, Stefan Soltesz, Michael Schonwandt, Marc Soustrot, Achim Freyer, Jossi Wieler, Andreas Moses, Alvis Hermanis, Andreas Baesler, Peter Konwitschny…
In the season 14/15 he sang his first ALWA in 'Lulu' at the Dutch Opera Amsterdam. In autumn 2015 he made his debut in this very role at the Metropolitan Opera. 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 has been nominated for Best Opera Recording for the 60th annual Grammy Awards.
In autumn 2016 he returned as LACA in ‘Jenufa’ to the Metropolitan Opera.