Bio

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 deep connection with audiences.

Opera appearances include Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, the title roles in Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Rinaldo, Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and L’Enfant in Ravel’s L'Enfant et les sortileges.  In Mr. Moody’s recent 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 performed roles in Mark Morris’ productions of Britten’s Curlew River and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at BAM (Howard Gilman Opera House) in March 2017 and at the Tanglewood Music Festival in 2013 where the Financial Times noted his “inspired and absorbing performances”.

A lover of early music, Mr. Moody has performed at the Boston, Indianapolis and Washington Early Music Festivals, with Maryland’s Mountainside Baroque, Boston’s Antico Moderno, Pennsylvania’s La Fiocco and most recently with renowned Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland.  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 closely 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, and on Boston’s WGBH, Indiana’s WFIU, and WSHU’s Sunday Baroque.

Highlights of recent and current seasons include the American premiere of George Benjamin’s Dream of the Song at the Festival of Contemporary Music at the Tanglewood Music Center, Handel’s Messiah with the Charleston Symphony and Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestras, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon) at the Lakes Area Music Festival (Minnesota), and engagements with Mark Morris Dance Group, Apollo’s Fire and Boston Symphony covering for Bejun Mehta.  In 2016, Daniel was one of four vocalists in Joyce DiDonato's Carnegie Hall Masterclasses, broadcast live on Medici TV.  He will be making his Canadian debut performing with Les Violons du Roy in May 2017 with Bernard Labadie conducting.

Mr. Moody is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory (BM ’14) and sang with the at the Washington National Cathedral Choir during his years in Baltimore.  He graduated with a Master’s Degree from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, and has won awards at the George London Competition, Handel Aria Competition, New York Oratorio Society Competition, and the Russell Wonderlic Competition.