Daniel Okulitch

Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch is a leading interpreter of Mozart roles, most notably Don Giovanni, Almaviva, and Figaro, which he has performed at New York City Opera, Teatro Colón, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Warsaw, Vancouver Opera, and Dallas Opera. Okulitch also excels in creating leading roles in contemporary opera, including Ennis del Mar in Brokeback Mountain at Teatro Real; Seth Brundle in The Fly at Théâtre du Châtelet and Los Angeles Opera; Willy Wonka in The Golden Ticket at Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Atlanta Opera; LBJ in JFK at Fort Worth Opera; and Herman Broder in Enemies, A Love Story at Palm Beach Opera. Okulitch first garnered national attention as Schaunard in the original cast of Baz Luhrmann's Tony-winning Broadway production of La bohème. His first solo recording, The New American Art Song, was released on GPR Records in 2011. Engagements last season included performances as the lead role of Mark Rutland in the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Marnie at English National Opera;  a reprisal of the role of Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain at New York City Opera, and the role of LBJ in David T. Little’s JFK at Opéra de Montréal; and performances as General Groves in a new production of John Adams’ Doctor Atomic at Santa Fe Opera. This season he returns to the Metropolitan Opera for Nico Muhly’s Marnie, performs the role of Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Opera Manitoba, the title role in Handel's Saul with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Maestro Nicholas McGegan, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria with the San Diego Symphony, and the role of Beck in Everest with Calgary Opera. Future engagements include a return to Detroit for Don Giovanni, the role of Beck in Everest with Calgary Opera, his Tokyo debut as Demetrius in Midsummer Nights Dream, his Liceu Opera Barcelona debut and a return to Theatre du Chatelet in George Benjamin's Lessons in Love and Violence.