"Okulitch is in the prime of his vocal life, and the subtlety of his artistry just keeps growing."--Musical Toronto
2016-17 season Highlights
- Schwabacher Debut Recital, San Francisco Opera. John Churchwell, Piano.
- Bass Soloist, Bach B minor Mass, Chicago Bach Project, with John Nelson conducting.
- World Premiere of JFK with Fort Worth Opera in the role of Lyndon B Johnson. Composed by David T. Little, Libretto by Royce Vavrek, conducted by Steven Osgood, Directed by Thaddeus Strassberger.
- Return to Santa Fe Opera in the title role of Don Giovanni in a new production directed by Ron Daniels and conducted by John Nelson.
- Debut with New Orleans Opera in title role of Don Giovanni.
- Role debut of Leporello in Don Giovanni with Opera de Montreal. Jordan de Souza conducting.
- Bass soloist in Handel's Messiah with Edmonton Symphony and Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
- Joseph DeRocher in Dead Man Walking with Vancouver Opera.
- Ennis del Mar in World Premiere of Charles Wuorinen's Brokeback Mountain with Teatro Real, Madrid, directed by Ivo Van Hove
- Seth Brundle in World Premiere of The Fly at Le Chatelet and Los Angeles Opera, composed by Howard Shore (Lord of the The Rings, The Hobbit), directed by David Cronenburg (The Fly, Eastern Promises), Libretto by David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly), conducted by Placido Domingo
- Numerous World Premieres including Willy Wonka in The Golden Ticket (St Louis and Atlanta), Enemies, A Love Story (Palm Beach Opera), Frau Margot (Fort Worth Opera), and Cyrano (Michigan Opera Theater)
- Canadian Premiere of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking as Joseph DeRocher
- Schaunard in Original Broadway cast of Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme at the Broadway Theater
- Has performed signature role of Don Giovanni at 11 different houses, including New York City Opera, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Vancouver Opera, Portland Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and Kansas City Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and New Orleans Opera
- George London Award Winner, 2nd prize in Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competition, Sullivan Foundation Award Winner, Canada Council Artists Grant recipient in 2006 and 2008
- "A charismatic performer, tall, good-looking and commanding a resonant, agile bass-baritone and a natural acting style, he was an ideal Don Giovanni for a production like this that presented the character as a young libertine rather than middle-aged roué. He tossed off a very rapid Champagne Aria with panache and beautifully phrased the Act II Serenade. For once Don Giovanni’s irresistible magnetism, despite his cruelty, was completely understandable as was the sense of a young man spoiled to the point of boredom with the ease of his successes, his expression constantly flickering between a smile and a sneer." -Stagedoor.com
- "Daniel Okulitch sings Giovanni with an irresistible bass-baritone that helps explain why women would be drawn to an oleaginous sociopath." -New York Magazine
- "He sings with richness, vigor and subtle lyricism and brings a dark, brooding quality to the character. When not in a scene, he sits to the side, grim and pensive. He conveys his aristocracy through his manner and dress: his elegant suit, stylish haircut and narcissistic preening. All the characters, even the men, seem drawn to him."-The New York Times
- "Okulitch’s Figaro is the stuff of greatness. He is still young enough to be completely right for the role, and his loose-limbed geniality makes him the irresistible focus of attention every second he’s on stage. When all Figaro’s brash confidence finally sours late in the day, Okulitch musters the dramatic reserve to pull it off with real psychological insight." -Vancouver Sun
- "The rich-voiced bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch gives his all to the role of Ennis. Tall, handsome and an instinctive actor, Mr. Okulitch embodies the character from the moment we first see him, his cowboy hat almost covering his eyes, his stride nervous and halting." -The New York Times
Acclaimed as "flat out brilliant" by Opera News, 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 Colon, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Warsaw, Vancouver Opera, Dallas Opera, Portland Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Hawaii Opera, Manitoba Opera, Lyric Opera Kansas City, and the Milwaukee Symphony. Mr. Okulitch has also equally excelled in creating leading roles in contemporary opera, most notably the roles of Ennis del Mar in Charles Wuorinen’s Brokeback Mountain at Teatro Real in Madrid, Seth Brundle in Howard Shore's The Fly at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and at Los Angeles Opera, Willy Wonka in Peter Ash's The Golden Ticket at Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Atlanta Opera, and Herman Broder in Ben Moore’s Enemies, A Love Story at Palm Beach Opera.
Mr. Okulitch’s career first garnered national attention in the role of Schaunard in the original cast of Baz Luhrmann's Tony Award-winning Broadway production of La Bohème. Other career highlights include his Teatro alla Scala debut as Theseus in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, his Washington National Opera debut in the role of Swallow in Peter Grimes which he also performed at La Scala, and the role of Creonte in Medee with Opera Genève. Future engagements include the title role in a new production of Don Giovanni at Santa Fe Opera, the role of LBJ in the world premiere of JFK with Fort Worth Opera, his return to Vancouver Opera as Joseph De Rocher in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, his debut at San Francisco Opera, and other engagements at L’Opera de Montreal and New Orleans Opera. He will also sing Handel's Messiah with the Edmonton Symphony and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in December of 2016.
Other recent engagements have included the leading role in productions of Dead Man Walking at Calgary Opera and Fort Worth Opera, and the roles of Lieutenant Horstmayer in Kevin Puts' Silent Night with L'Opera de Montreal, Abdul in Menotti's The Last Savage with Santa Fe Opera, Olin Blitch in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah with Boheme Opera, and Frederich Bhaer in Mark Adamo's Little Women with Fort Worth Opera and Calgary Opera. In concert, he has been heard with the Symphonies of Vancouver, Calgary, Green Bay, Chicago's Grant Park Festival, Portland, and Indianapolis in works ranging from Beethoven's 9th to Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem and Bach's St John's Passion.
Mr. Okulitch can be heard on the original cast recording of Baz Luhrmann's production of La Boheme, Chausson's Le Roi Arthus with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Pasatieri's Frau Margot, and David DiChiera's Cyrano de Bergerac. His first solo recording, The New American Art Song, featuring the songs of Ricky Ian Gordon, Jake Heggie, Lowell Liebermann and Glen Roven, was released on GPR Records in March of 2011 and is available online at GPR Records and Amazon. He was praised by Gramophone for his “luxuriantly rich and well controlled” voice.
Mr. Okulitch is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including first prize from the George London Foundation, the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation, and the Sullivan Foundation, and second prize from the Licia Albanese / Puccini Foundation Competition. He was a previous regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Grand Council Auditions and additionally has received grants from the Singers Development Fund and from the Canada Council for Professional Musicians, as well as received the Andrew White Memorial Award and a Corbett Award. Mr. Okulitch received an artist diploma in opera from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and received his undergraduate and masters degrees in voice and opera from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.