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Daniel Carter

Daniel Carter



World premiere, Crusades ( Wollmer) Theater Freiburg,
‘Under the accomplished direction of 1st Kapell-master Daniel Carter the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra negotiated the different styles and changes of mood effortlessly.”
New Zurich Newspaper January 2017

‘Conductor Daniel Carter makes an auspicious mainstage debut, leading the redoubtable Orchestra Victoria in a confident, unflustered manner. Carter’s management of the orchestra, six singers and four percussionists on stage in What Next? is quite extraordinary.’
Simon Parris, Herald Sun, 19 August 2012.

‘All of the musicians negotiated a rich and complex score [Elliott Carter What Next?] under the expert guidance of Daniel Carter with considerable finesse.’
Heather Leviston, ArtsHub, 17 August 2012.

‘The entire performance exhibited a high level of professionalism, with fine conducting of Orchestra Victoria by Daniel Carter.’
Peter Burch, The Australian, 17 August 2012

Daniel Carter graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) having studied Composition and Piano. In 2012, he won the Brian Stacey Memorial Award for Emerging Conductors after completing a two year period as a Developing Artist Conductor/Repetiteur with Victorian Opera. A graduate of the Symphony Services International Core Conductors Program, he worked with the symphony orchestras in Queensland, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth, Sydney and Auckland and also taught at Symphony Services International as part of the Scholar Conductors Program.

Daniel made his mainstage debut for Victorian Opera conducting the Australian premieres of Elliott Carter’s What Next? and Manuel de Falla’s El Retable de Maese Pedro, which resulted in return invitations to conduct El Gato con Botas, Rush Hour, the world premiere of Calvin Bowman’s The Magic Pudding (for which he was nominated a Green Room Award for Best Conductor) and performances of Victorian Opera’s Threepenny Opera at Sydney Theatre Company. He also assisted on Nixon in China (Adams) for Victorian Opera. Prior to his debut with Victorian Opera, he was awarded the Susan Harley Living Bequest, which enabled him to travel to New York to study What Next? with the composer, Elliott Carter.

Daniel began his association with Opera Australia as Assistant Conductor on Così fan tutte and Aida, and as conductor on the Opera Australia 2013 Tour of Don Giovanni. He has also conducted for the Sydney Symphony Education program; the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (as part of the Young Performers’ Awards Grand Final); the Melbourne and Sydney Festivals, including performances of Pierrot Lunaire with soloist Merlyn Quaife at the Melbourne Recital Centre, and Melbourne Youth Music and Willoughby Symphony

While assistant to Simone Young and resident repetiteur at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, his performances included Die Zauberflöte, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and a double bill for the Opera Studio of In the Locked Room (Watkins) and Persona (Langemann).

Following his engagement in Hamburg, Daniel conducted Carmen, Iphigenie en Tauride (Gluck) and a premiere season of Gluck’s Orphee for Theater Freiburg, Germany, which led to his appointment in 2015 as First Kapellmeister. Since then he has conducted The Makropulos Case, the world premieres of Crusades (Vollmer) and Kaspar Hauser (Thomalla), L’Elisir d’Amore, Cosi fan tutte, Cendrillon (Massenet), Mefistofele (Boito), I Gioielli della Madonna (Wolf-Ferrari), and Philharmonic Orchestral concerts for the company, as well as Il Trovatore in Winterthur, Switzerland.

Daniel made his debut at Cologne Opera in 2016 conducting a series of performances of La Bohème, followed by his debut with the Münchener Kammerorchester, Hansel and Gretel and a Symphony Concert in Trier and in 2017, Carmen in Essen.

In  2018 his engagements include his debut with the Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks Akademie in Munich; The Magic Flute at the National Theatre in Mannheim and in Freiburg the 2018/19 season includes The Tales of Hoffmann, Katja Kabanova, La Bohème, Angels in America (Eötvös), Love Life (also for the Opera House in Bern, Switzerland), Eugene Onegin, Die Fledermaus, Pelleas and Melisande, Don Giovanni, Hulda (Franck),and several symphonic programs.


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