Daniel began his career as acting Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre and Associate Director of the Nottingham Playhouse. For the last two decades he has worked as a freelance international opera director. His first major production, The Bartered Bride
, was nominated for numerous awards (including the TMA “Outstanding Achievement in Opera” and Manchester Evening News Best Opera Production 1998/99) and went to Strasbourg, Valencia and New Zealand. Other awards include: The Cunning Little Vixen
(What’sOnStage Best New Production, 2015); Tannhäuser
(Aasta Lavastus Production of the Year in Estonia, 2014); Romeo and Juliet
(nominated for the President’s Prize, Singapore); Samson
(nominated for Manchester Evening News Best Opera Production 2008); Don Pasquale
(Gramophone Magazine Best Opera Production on DVD 2007); Wozzeck
(Arts Event of the Year, New Mexico, 2001).
Daniel has directed sixty productions in seventeen countries all over the world, including in major opera houses such as Glyndebourne, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Strasbourg, Geneva, the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, the Royal Opera Stockholm, the Norwegian National Opera, Flanders Opera, the Komische Oper Berlin, Bregenz Festival, Santa Fe, Houston Grand Opera and San Francisco.
A fluent speaker of French, German, Spanish, Swedish and Italian, Daniel was educated at the United World College of the Atlantic, received a 1st class degree in English Literature from Bristol University then went to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he was awarded a PhD for his research on Nietzsche’s Influence on D.H. Lawrence.