Daniel Nicholson is an Australian baritone based in Germany; currently engaged in the Thuringia Opera Studio, and appearing this season at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, Theater Erfurt, and at Theater Nordhausen.
Daniel discovered his passion for singing while performing in childrens’ choirs in Sydney, and started taking singing lessons at age 8. In 2010, he had achieved an Associate of Music Award (A.Mus.A) from the Australian Music Examinations Board, and the following year he entered the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on the Patricia Lucas Music Achievement Scholarship.
During his time at the Conservatorium, Daniel’s musicianship and ability was repeatedly recognised. He was offered a place at St. Andrew’s Residential College on a choral scholarship, and in 2012 he received a prestigious Big Brother Music Award from B.B.M. Ltd to have lessons in the United Kingdom. 2013 saw Daniel with duo partner Melissa Field win the Elizabeth Todd Lieder Prize awarded by the Music Teachers’ Association of New South Wales, and he was taken into a Performance Internship with Opera Australia. In 2014, Daniel was selected for the Conservatorium’s inaugural Estivo Chamber Music course in Italy, and ended the year graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Performance) (First Class Honours). Daniel appeared in concert throughout his native New South Wales; performing the solos in Mozart’s Requiem, and in Bach’s Cantatas Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben und Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme. Daniel also appeared regularly in the Voci Stupendi concert series.
In 2016, Daniel relocated to Berlin, and commenced further vocal studies at the Universität der Künste, Berlin. In this challenging environment, he also excelled: Daniel appeared in a senior role in nearly every major production staged by the university during his time there: Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (2017), Barone di Trombonok in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims (2017), Charlot in Ibert’s Angélique (2018), and Roy Cohen in Eötvös’ Angels in America (2019). Daniel was also quick to establish his presence outside of university: he covered the title role in Passagio Opera Berlin’s production of Don Giovanni, he appeared as Siegfried Wagner in a performance celebrating the life of Fridolind Wagner with the Bayreuth Festival of Young Artists, and sang Donner in performances with the Berliner Wagner Gruppe and the Dramatic Voices Program Berlin. In 2019, Daniel made his concert debut at the Berliner Philharmonie as the Narrator in Ludwig Thuille’s Fridolin, and now can be seen regularly as a featured soloist with the Brandenburgisches Konzertorchester Eberswalde in concerts throughout Brandenburg. 2019 saw Daniel as a finalist in the German Australian Opera Grant, and in 2020, shortly after completing his studies at the Universität der Künste Berlin, Daniel was a winner of the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg Gesangswettbewerb. In February 2021, Daniel enjoyed the great privilege of traveling to Budapest, Hungary to perform Ligeti’s Adventures and Nouvelle Adventures, and Kurtág’s … pas à pas – nulle part … in a live-streamed concert with the Peter Eötvös Foundation at the Budapest Music Centre.