Daniel received his Master’s Degree and the Graduate Performance Diploma in Voice and Opera from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was in the voice studio of John Shirley-Quirk. At Peabody, some of Daniel’s operatic roles included Ford in Falstaff, Macheath in Threepenney Opera, George in the world premiere of The Alien Corn, Pandolfe in Cendrillon, and Frederik Egerman in A Little Night Music. Daniel was in the Young Artist Program with Opera North in New Hampshire, where he performed the role of Vicar Gedge in the opera Albert Herring, and was a Young Artist at New Jersey Opera Theatre performing Sid in the same opera. Daniel has performed as soloist in Carmina Burana and Mahler’s Lieder eines Fahrenden gesellen with the Peabody Symphony, and with members of the Alabama Symphony in Vaughan-Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and the Fauré Requiem. In 2006, Daniel was the baritone soloist in the world premiere of composer Josh Daniel Coles’ The Altar of His Country: Letters From a Civil War Soldier in Syracuse.
Daniel is a founding member of Harbor Opera in Baltimore, where he directed operas and sang the roles of Sam in Trouble in Tahiti and Bob in Old Maid and the Thief. He has also performed with Opera Birmingham, Mobile Opera, was a member of the Concert Artists of Baltimore, and the Choir of Men and Boys at the Washington National Cathedral.
In June 2009, Daniel won the National Federation of Music Clubs Biennial Young Artist Competition, and was chosen to make his debut at Carnegie Hall in November 2010. A two-time winner of the Whittington Competition at Birmingham-Southern College, Daniel was the winner of the Sylvia Green Competition at Peabody and the Northern Alabama district competition of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Rose Palmai-Tenser Competition of the Mobile Opera, and recently sang in the finals of the Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition.
Baltimore Sun music critic Tim Smith wrote “ (Carmen) provided a showcase for Daniel Seigel, who sang the heck out of the ‘Toreador Song’ in excellent French and with what few baritones bother trying to achieve in this aria—nuance.” The New Jersey Star-Ledger wrote “Daniel Seigel sings marvelously…” and the Rutland Times-Argus called his Vicar Gedge “another big success…convincing and nuanced—and very funny.”
Daniel is currently a member of the choral group Sursum Corda in Birmingham, teaches voice privately, and serves as Chorusmaster for Opera Birmingham. Previously, Daniel served an appointment as director of Musical Theatre and adjunct Voice faculty at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY.