Countertenor Daniel Moody has garnered widespread acclaim for his commanding yet expressive vocal timbre and his breathtaking musicianship. Praised as having a “vocal resonance, [which] makes a profoundly startling impression” (The New York Times) and for his “vivid and powerful” voice (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), Mr. Moody is equally known for his “sweet and melancholy sound” (The Washington Post) and ability to “pierce hearts” and “utterly silence a room” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer) with his expressivity and connection with audiences.
Opera appearances include the title roles in Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Rinaldo, Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, L’Enfant in Ravel’s L'Enfant et les sortileges and most recently, Arsamene in Handel’s Xerxes. In Mr. Moody’s role as Rinaldo, he drew attention from the San Diego Story for his unusually powerful tone: “[Mr. Moody] may help to create a new operatic vocal category: Helden Countertenor.” Mr. Moody has performed roles in Mark Morris’ productions of Britten’s Curlew River and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at BAM (Howard Gilman Opera House) and at the Tanglewood Music Festival in where the Financial Times noted his “inspired and absorbing performances”.
A lover of early music, Mr. Moody has performed with acclaimed groups Les Violons du Roy (Quebec City) and Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland). He has performed at the Boston, Indianapolis and Washington Early Music Festivals and early music/contemporary innovative groups Mountainside Baroque (Maryland), La Fiocco (Pennsylvania), Antico Moderno (Boston) and Cantata Profana (NYC). A graduate of the prestigious Yale Voxtet – resident at Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music – he has performed as a soloist at such venues as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, London’s St. John’s Smith Square and, Cambridge’s Trinity College, working with conductors David Hill, Simon Carrington, Masaaki Suzuki, and Matthew Halls. His performances have been broadcast live in concert on BBC Radio 3 in the United Kingdom, on Boston’s WGBH, Indiana’s WFIU, and WSHU’s Sunday Baroque.
Highlights include the American premiere of George Benjamin’s Dream of the Song at the Festival of Contemporary Music at the Tanglewood Music Center, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon) at the Lakes Area Music Festival (Minnesota), engagements with Mark Morris Dance Group, re-engagements with Apollo’s Fire, Charleston Symphony and covering for Bejun Mehta at the Boston Symphony. In 2016, Daniel was one of four vocalists in Joyce DiDonato's Carnegie Hall Masterclasses, broadcast live on Medici TV.
This current season marks exciting debuts with Les Violons du Roy (Bernard Labadie conducting) Portland Baroque Orchestra (David Hill conducting) the Great Music in a Great Space Series (Kent Tritle conducting) and Cincinnati Opera’s production of L’incoronatione di Poppea singing Valetto and Famigliari. Mr. Moody assumes the lead role of Nerone in that same production, replacing Anthony Roth Costanzo for the final performance. He joins the Staunton Festival in the role of Lichas in Handel’s Hercules, and is alto soloist in Messiah with Apollo’s Fire and at Carnegie Hall as a guest soloist with The Oratorio Society of New York.
In 2019, Daniel debuts with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (Nic McGegan conducting) in a duet recital concert with famed mezzo-soprano Anne Sophie von Otter. Mr. Moody is winner of a $5000 prize from the George London Foundation in 2018.
Mr. Moody is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory (BM ’14), Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music (MM ‘16) and has won several awards which include Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Regional Finalist), George London Competition (2017 & 2018), Handel Aria Competition (2nd place), Rochester Oratorio Society Classical Idol (3rd place), New York Oratorio Society Competition, and the Russell Wonderlic Competition (1st place).