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Herbst Theatre at the San Francisco War Memorial Building
401 Van Ness Ave San Francisco, CA 94102
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An awesome evening. 'Twas a pleasure to hear such assured muscianship. And what a treat to see David Daniels in such an intimate setting as the Herbst Theatre. And he's "hot" too!

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J.S. Bach: Ouverture (Suite) No. 1 in C; Arias

Handel: Concerto Grosso in A, Op. 6, No. 11; Scenes & Arias from Radamisto, Partenope & Orlando

The South Carolina-born son of two music teachers, David Daniels has elevated the stature of the high-voiced countertenor, becoming one of the most popular singers of our time. Gramophone magazine named him one of today’s “Top Ten Trailblazers” for his achievements on the world’s opera and concert stages. His San Francisco Performances concert of music by Baroque titans Handel and Bach pairs him with the virtuosic English Concert, Europe’s leading early-music ensemble.

David Daniels is known for his superlative artistry, magnetic stage presence and a voice of singular warmth and surpassing beauty, which have helped him redefine his voice category for the modern public. The American countertenor has appeared with the world’s major opera companies and on its main concert and recital stages. He made history as the first countertenor to give a solo recital in the main auditorium of Carnegie Hall. The Chicago Tribune has called Daniels “today’s gold standard among countertenors.” Gramophone magazine recently acknowledged his contribution to recorded excellence as well as his expansion of the repertoire for his voice type by naming him one of the “Top Ten Trailblazers” in classical music today.

In the 2007-2008 season, David Daniels returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago in the title role of Giulio Cesare in the acclaimed David McVicar production conducted by Emanuelle Haïm. He sings a new production of Handel’s Tamerlano at the Bayerische Staatsoper and another new production of this opera in his debut with Washington National Opera, the latter opposite Placido Domingo. He makes his Santa Fe Opera and role debut in a new production of Radamisto with frequent colleagues Harry Bicket and David Alden. He also appears in recital with pianist Martin Katz in Santa Barbara, CA, at Cal Performances Berkeley, at the University of Richmond, with the Celebrity Series of Boston, at Spivey Hall and Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall.

Last season Mr. Daniels performed Giulio Cesare to great acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera (under Bicket) and at the Glyndebourne Festival (under Haim). At the Met he also portrayed Orfeo in a new Mark Morris production of Gluck’s_ Orfeo ed Euridice_ conducted by James Levine. Mr. Daniels returned to the Los Angeles Opera as Ottone in Monterverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea opposite Susan Graham. In concert Mr. Daniels made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic performing Bach’s Mass in B minor, performed solo arias with the St. Louis and Seattle Symphonies and toured various European cities with the Le Point du Jour ensemble.

David Daniels is an exclusive Virgin Classics recording artist, with several critically-acclaimed and best-selling solo albums to his credit. His latest critically-applauded release was of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater as well as solo works by the composer in a disc with soprano Dorothea Röschmann and conductor Fabio Biondi. Showing his diverse musical personality, his previous release featured Berlioz’s song cycle Les Nuits d’été, and also included songs by Ravel and Fauré. The New York Times wrote, “The term ‘countertenor star’ used to be an oxymoron, but David Daniels, for one, has made it a reality. There’s no faulting his artistry. He has an unusually round, warm sound. He certainly knows his instrument.”

Honored by the music world for his unique achievements, David Daniels has been the recipient of two of classical music’s most significant awards: Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year for 1999 and the 1997 Richard Tucker Award.

The English Concert is among the finest chamber orchestras in the world, with an outstanding reputation for inspiring performances of Baroque and Classical music in the concert hall and on CD.

In addition to extensive touring, it presents a prestigious series of concerts in London each season, at Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall, appearing also at London festivals, including the BBC Proms, the Spitalfields Festival and the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music. In the UK it visits the major summer festivals and has developed a particularly close relationship with St George’s Bristol.

Internationally The English Concert performs on four continents. Since 2005 it has toured the United States, Australia, Korea and Malaysia, in addition to ten European countries, and since its foundation by Trevor Pinnock in 1973 has appeared at the world’s most famous stages, including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Musikverein Vienna, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, the Philharmonie Berlin, the Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center New York, and the Grosse Festspielhaus Salzburg.

Among the most recorded of chamber orchestras, it has made more than 100 recordings for Deutsche Grammophon Archiv Produktion, including many award winners, and a series of critically acclaimed CDs for Harmonia Mundi USA with violinist Andrew Manze, who succeeded Trevor Pinnock as Artistic Director in 2003.

In September 2007 Harry Bicket became the third artistic director in the orchestra’s 34-year history. Harry Bicket is renowned worldwide for his performances of Baroque opera with many of the greatest singers of the age, and forthcoming seasons will include exciting collaborations with David Daniels, Vesselina Kasarova, Anna-Caterina Antonacci, Mark Padmore and others.

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