"Okulitch is in the prime of his vocal life, and the subtlety of his artistry just keeps growing."--Musical Toronto
2016 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.
- 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 8 different houses, including New York City Opera, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Vancouver Opera, Portland Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and Kansas City Lyric Opera, with three more upcoming in major venues.
- 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. And 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
- Born in Ottawa, Canada, on January 30th, 1976.
- Raised in Calgary, Alberta until the age of 19. Attended Western Canada High School, and Mount Royal Conservatory.
- Bachelor of Music, Masters in Opera Theater from Oberlin Conservatory.
- Artist Diploma in Opera from Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
- Former Young Artist of Des Moines Metro Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and San Francisco Opera Merola program.
Acclaimed as "flat out brilliant" by Opera News, Canadian bass baritone Daniel Okulitch has become a leading interpreter of the roles of Mozart, most notably Don Giovanni, Almaviva and Figaro, which have been seen in New York, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Palm Beach, Warsaw, Vancouver, Dallas, Portland, Detroit, Hawaii, Winnipeg, Kansas City, and Milwaukee, In contemporary opera, Mr. Okulitch has excelled in creating leading roles, most notably Ennis delMar in Brokeback Mountain at Teatro Real, Seth Brundle in Howard Shore's The Fly at the Chatelet and Los Angeles Operas, Willy Wonka in Peter Ash's The Golden Ticket in St Louis and Atlanta, and Herman Broder in Enemies, A Love Story in Palm Beach,
His career first garnered national attention as Schaunard in the original cast of Baz Luhrmann's Tony award winning Broadway production of La Boheme. Other roles have included his Teatro alla Scala debut as Theseus in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Swallow in Peter Grimes for his debut at Washington National Opera and La Scala, and Creonte in Medee with Opera Geneve. Future engagements include the title role of a new production of Don Giovanni at Santa Fe Opera, his San Francisco Opera debut as Sam in Bernstein's A Quiet Place, LBJ in the World Premiere of JFK with Fort Worth Opera, his debut in the role of Leporello with L'opera de Montreal, his return to Vancouver Opera as Joseph De Rocher in Dead Man Walking, and his debut with New Orleans Opera as Don Giovanni. His will sing Handel's Messiah with the Edmonton Symphony and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in December of 2016.
He took the lead role in Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking in Calgary and Fort Worth to great acclaim. Other contemporary roles have included Lieutenant Horstmayer in Puts' Silent Night, Abdul in Menotti's The Last Savage with Santa Fe Opera, Olin Blitch in Floyd's Susannah, and Frederich Bhaer in Adamo's Little Women. In concert he has been heard in 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.
On recording, he 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, Pasatieri's Frau Margot, and 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. "Mr. Okulitch has a deep bass baritone voice that is luxuriantly rich and well controlled. He sings with great sensitivity to text and musical line, and communicates great joy in his performances. " Arthur Leonard.
Mr. Okulitch is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including First Prize from the George London Foundation in 2004, The Sullivan Foundation 2004, 2nd Prize from the Licia Albanese/Puccini Foundation Competition, First Prize from the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation in 2004, a Grant from the Singers Development Fund in 2003, 5th Prize in the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition in 2002, and was a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in 2000 and 2001. He is a 2006 and 2008 recipient of a Canada Council Grant for Professional Musicians and received the Andrew White Memorial Award and a Corbett Award while a student at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where he received an Artist Diploma in Opera, after completing his BM and MM degrees in Voice and Opera respectively, from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.