Daniel Norman

Daniel Norman

“The highlight of the weekend for me was Daniel Norman’s breathtakingly powerful Schwanengesang — if you were looking for the ‘wow factor’, here it was"

The Oxford Times

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Having studied as a choral scholar at New College Oxford, Daniel went on to study in the US and Canada and at the Royal Academy of Music and has since established himself as a highly adaptable singer/actor able to encompass the most dramatic interpretations of the most demanding contemporary works currently in performance, such as Ades, Birtwistle and Ligeti. Equally comfortable in the standard operatic and concert repertoire, Daniel sings regularly at the Oxford Lieder and Aldeburgh Festivals alongside regular appearances with ENO, Opera North and Glyndebourne Festival as well as with the major European orchestras.


Full Biography

Daniel Norman was a choral scholar at New College Oxford, where he read Engineering. He went on to study in the US and Canada and at the Royal Academy of Music. In his first year out of college he made his debuts at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with Trevor Pinnock, the Royal Festival Hall with David Atherton, Wigmore Hall with Graham Johnson, Almeida Opera and the Aldeburgh Festival with David Parry and at the Barbican with Richard Hickox.

Concert performances have included Wozzeck with Daniel Harding and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Evangelist in Bach St John Passion at the Festival Hall, Tippett A Child of Our Time with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia, Britten Les Illuminations and Mozart Requiem with Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic, Britten Nocturne with Edward Gardner, Britten Serenade in Tel Aviv, Britten St Nicolas at the Gulbenkian in Porto and for the BBC Concert Orchestra, Stravinsky Les Noces with Martha Argerich, Bach St Matthew Passion at the Concertgebouw and for the Sønderjyllands Symfonieorkester in Denmark, Beethoven 9th Symphony for Minnesota Orchestra and with Het Gelders Orkest, Holst Savitri with London Sinfonietta, Sam Kaplan in Weill’s Street Scene at the BBC Proms, St John Passion for The King’s Consort (Matthew Halls), Judas in Birtwistle’s The Last Supper for London Sinfonietta in Italy, Argento’s Jonah & the Whale in Boston, Messiah at the Royal Festival Hall, Delius Mass of Life with the BBC Philharmonic, Haydn Stabat Mater with Europa Galante and Fabio Biondi, Stravinsky’s In Memoriam Dylan Thomas with the CBSO, Renard (Helsinki, Paris & South Bank), Britten War Requiem for Southbank Sinfonia and for Philharmonia Taiwan, Kodaly Psalmus Hungaricus with Oslo Domkor, St John Passion in Milan and Yan Tan Tethera with Britten Sinfonia, Dream of Gerontius at Ely Cathedral (Cambridge Philharmonic Society) and recitals at Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and for Oxford Lieder.

Opera credits include Laca Jenufa at the Longborough Festival and Red Whiskers Billy Budd for Opera North and at Aldeburgh Festival, Judas The Last Supper with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Brabbins), Philip Glass The Trial with Scottish Opera, Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground in Dublin, Mime Das Rheingold for Oviedo Opera, Peter Quint The Turn of the Screw and Dr Blind Die Fledermaus for Glyndebourne on Tour, Borsa Rigoletto (Covent Garden debut), Flavio Norma, Goro Madama Butterfly, Tchekalinsky Queen of Spades and title role Joshua with Opera North, Tanzmeister in concert performances of Ariadne auf Naxos with Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra, Mao in Nixon in China for Opera Boston and at the Teatro Filharmonico for Fondazione di Arena di Verona, Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos for L’Opéra National de Paris and Elemer in Arabella and Basilio Le Nozze di Figaro at Garsington, and the Electrician in the Channel 4 film of Adès’s Powder Her Face (Almeida/Aldeburgh), as well as in its Vienna and Boston premieres, and at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg.

Further roles include The Golden Dragon for Music Theatre Wales, Arne’s Alfred at the Covent Garden Festival with Early Opera Company, Fenney/Hugo Mines of Sulphur at the Wexford Festival, Bob Boles Peter Grimes at the Endellion Festival, Basilio Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera Zuid and for Glyndebourne on Tour, Hermes in Tippett’s King Priam with the Nederlandse Reisopera, Eurimaco in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria and Valetto in L’Incoronazione di Poppea for the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich and New Israeli Opera and, to critical acclaim, performed the first official staging of all five Britten Canticles in Westminster Abbey. Daniel also appeared in Corte Real’s The Bronze Boy, in Porto and Lisbon and as White Minister Le Grand Macabre and Squeak Billy Budd for English National Opera, Maxwell Davies Taverner with BBC Scottish Symphonym Orchestra, Messiah for the Minnesota Orchestra and Carmina Burana for the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Columbia.  Further engagements include Donald Crockett’s The Face for The Firebird Ensemble (USA), Red Whiskers Billy Budd for Glyndebourne in New York, a double bill commission The Commission and Café Kafka in an Opera North/Aldeburgh/ROH Linbury collaboration directed by Annabel Arden, and Orlando Gough’s Imago for Glyndebourne. Further engagements include Liberto/Soldier L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Gastone La Traviata, Gheraldo Gianni Schicchi and Offstage Voice La Vida Breve all for Opera North and Powder Her Face for Opera Odyssey, Boston (USA). Recent highlights include Steva Jenufa and L’Abate/Incroyable Andrea Chenier for Opera North, recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Glagolitic Mass at the Three Choirs Festival, Worcester, Messiah with Oxford Philomusica, St John Passion with the Ulster Orchestra and Dunedin Consort and Moser Die Meistersinger for Glyndebourne Festival.

Recordings include four volumes of the Hyperion Schubert Edition with Graham Johnson, the Grammy nominated Beethoven 9th Symphony (Vänsä/Minnesota Orchestra), Maintop in Billy Budd (Hickox/LSO), Adès Powder Her Face on DVD, Slender in Sir John in Love (Hickox/Northern Sinfonia), Janacek Sedmdesat Tisic with the New London Chamber Choir, Orff’s Carmina Burana (Meridian), Brett Dean’s Winter Songs with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet (BIS), Hugh Wood’s Comus (BBCSO/A. Davis) and Rimenes in Arne’s Artaxerxes with the Classical Opera Company (Linn). Daniel has also released his debut solo CD: Britten Winter Words and Who Are These Children? with Christopher Gould (BIS).

Recent engagements include Elijah at the Barbican Hall, Scaramuccio Ariadne auf Naxos for Scottish Opera and for Opera Holland Park, Laurence Osborn’s The Mother for Mahogany Opera, Guard in the première of Emily Howard’s To See the Invisible at Aldeburgh Festival and Mahler 8th Symphony at Ely Cathedral.  Engagements in 2018/2019 include 1st Jew Salome and Monostatos Die Zauberflöte for English National Opera, appearances at the Oxford Lieder Festival, War Requiem in Nottingham, Messiah in Oxford and Captain Vere Billy Budd for Central City Opera, Colorado.

Promoters please note: if you wish to include this biography in a concert programme etc, please contact Hazard Chase to ensure that you receive the most up to date version. Email: Evie Parker



Oxford Lieder Festival 2018

October 5th, 2018

Hazard Chase artists join award winning festival

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BBC Building a Library “Winter Words”

May 14th, 2018

Daniel Norman & Christopher Gould BIS CD features on BBC Radio 3

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Concerts across the Easter Period

March 23rd, 2018

Hazard Chase artists performing across Holy Week and Easter

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Daniel Norman back in the studio

March 19th, 2018

“Sonnets”, new solo CD release from Stone Records

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March 16th, 2017

Hazard Chase artists celebrate the culmination of the religious calendar

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Emily Howard TO SEE THE INVISIBLE – Snape Maltings

“Daniel Norman made a memorable cactus fanatic, commanding centre stage with his powerful tenor enthusing over the long Latin name of his favourite plant.”
Charlotte Valori, Bachtrack (June 2018)

BBC “Building a Library” (BBC Radio 3): Britten “Winter Words”

“Daniel Norman and Christopher Gould’s no-nonsense performance here matches Britten’s unsentimental approach to these pastoral poems”

“Daniel Norman’s version has that lovely early-career freshness about the sound particularly when the top of the voice opens out. He combines it with something of Philip Langridge’s sinuous strength.”

“Norman avoids the temptation to make the phrases here too choppy and disjointed, but rather manages to find the dramatic line that drives through the song. The table’s creaking reminds the singer of the lost love who once owned it. Norman makes us believe the emotion and intention. We understand something of the pain of the memory. It’s a very touching performance.”
BBC Building a Library, Kate Kennedy (May 2018)

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Henze VOICES –  London Sinfonietta

“The performance under Atherton was outstanding, with the Sinfonietta players meeting all the unusual demands of the score… Simmonds and Norman vividly matched that versatility too, whether moving into smoochy, smoky cabaret style, or streetwise American, or providing reminders that first and foremost Henze was a composer in the great German lyric tradition, whose word-setting could also be immensely sensitive and profoundly beautiful”
Andrew Clements, The Guardian (October 2017)

“Daniel Norman was the multi-talented tenor, fielding many styles with panache”
Richard Fairman, The Financial Times (October 2017)

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Birtwistle THE LAST SUPPER – BBC Scottish Symphony (Brabbins)

“I was deeply moved by Daniel Norman’s diffident and remorseful portrayal (Judas)”
Kate Molleson, The Guardian (January 2017)

“Of that cast, Roderick Williams’s cultish Christ, Daniel Norman’s sinister Judas and Susan Bickley’s Ghost shone like beacons.”
Ken Walton, The Scotsman (January 2017)

“There are earthy dances, duets, quartets, octets and laments, the saddest of which belongs to Judas (Daniel Norman), the man without whom the story would sputter out. Led by Grint and Norman, the disciples were skilfully individuated and blended, while Bickley and Williams sang with poise and authority.
Anna Picard ,The Times (January 2017)

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Bach CHRISTMAS ORATORIO – Oxford Bach Soloists

“Tenor Daniel Norman – a former Choral Scholar at this very place – is possessed of a voice so magisterial, and a delivery so crisp, it stirs the heart and tingles the spine”
Tim HughesT, he Oxford Times (January 2017)

Janacek JENUFA- Longborough Festival Opera

“…as soon as the drama closes in on Jenůfa  her worthless lover, Števa and Števa’s more complex half-brother, Laca, things improve to the point that the final scene, in which Laca refuses to abandon the disgraced and self-immolating Jenufa, is even more unbearably moving than usual…Daniel Norman provides a brilliant study of Laca, slightly older than one imagines him, balding and bearded, a loser in the making but turned into a winner by circumstance and moral opportunism.”
Matthew Williams-Ellis, The Arts Desk (July 2016)

“Only Daniel Norman’s Laca strikes the right balance, as nuanced in his acting as he is in his singing”
Hannah Nepil , The Financial Times (July 2016)

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“Daniel Norman’s brilliantly clear and pathos-driven Laca invites us onto Laca’s own journey through love, a painfully open and honest character who miraculously chooses his passion for Jenůfa over social stigma, but too late. The irony that Laca is the only man to physically injure Jenůfa, despite his adoration of her, becomes more and more pointed: even with his knife, Laca cannot hurt Jenůfa as much as her professed lover does.
Charlotte Valori , Bachtrack (July 2016)

“Fellow tenor Daniel Norman, meanwhile, impressively traces Laca’s tortuous journey from cruelty to hope to redemption.  Norman it is, with his taut, ringing, masculine timbre, who delivers one of those two world-class performances. There is never a moment when this singing actor takes refuge in gesture: he inhabits his character absolutely.”
Mark Valencia, What’s on Stage (July 2016)

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Discography & Repertoire


Cast includes Daniel Norman (Rimenes), Christopher Ainslie, Elizabeth Watts, Caitlin Hulcup, Rebecca Bottone and Andrew Staples.  Conducted by Ian Page with the Classical Opera Company


Schubert – Year by Year

A cross section of Schubert songs with one song from every year of his life with Daniel Norman, Mary Bevan, James Gilchrist etc. with Sholto Kynoch (piano)


Solo recital disc with Daniel Norman (tenor) and Christopher Gould (piano)

BIS (2008)


Artist Manager

John McHugh (Cambridge)
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Associate Artist Manager

Evie Parker (Cambridge)
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