- Where were you born and raised?
I was born in St. Joseph, Missouri and raised there as well. I live in Liberty, Missouri, which is all of 45 minutes away.
- If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in?
I would have been an accountant. When I was in the Juilliard Opera Center, my requirements were minimal, so I spent one year as the Assistant Production Accountant at Jim Henson Productions in New York. I loved the work and the creative environment with the Muppets.
- The first opera I was ever in was…
The first FULL opera I was ever in was a community, non-paid production of The Magic Flute as Papageno. Little did I know how important that role would be in my life.
- My favorite opera is…
…the one I am doing at the moment. It is impossible for me to really narrow it down. If I absolutely had to, I would say The Rake’s Progress, even though there is not a leading role in it for me. I think it is perfect.
- My favorite food to eat is…
Pizza. Period. And I am a lousy cook. Thank goodness my wife is a fantastic cook.
- People would be surprised to know that…
…I grew up as a pianist and used to play recitals for singers. I always sang growing up, but didn’t have my first voice lesson until college.
- If I could spend a ‘weekend in the country’ anywhere, real or fantasy, I would…
…go on an African safari. One of those life dreams.
- I like to binge-watch…
Any and all horror movies. Don’t ask.
- What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
Barack Obama, my deceased grandmother Pearl, and my wife and daughter. Spending so much time on the road, I love every moment I get with them.
- Everyone should see A Little Night Music because….
…of the music and humanity. The score is sheer perfection. It is one of those pieces that asks us to look at ourselves in the mirror and celebrate all that is messy and not neat and wonderful about the human experience.
- Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer)
Q: What is your favorite place?
A: My couch, watching football, with my dog, while studying music, of course.
Find out more about Daniel and our other artists, and don’t miss the chance to see him perform Fredrik Egerman in A Little Night Music. Performances are February 8 and 10 in Capitol Theater. Tickets start at $25!