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 in St John Passion, the Royal Festival Hall with David Atherton, the 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 Britten War Requiem in Warsaw, Schumann Lieder with Julius Drake at the Wigmore Hall, 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 CBSO and the Northern Sinfonia, Britten Les Illuminations and Mozart Requiem with Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic, Die schöne Müllerin in Oxford, Britten Nocturne with Edward Gardner at St John’s Smith Square, Britten Serenade and Die schöne Müllerin 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, for the Sønderjyllands Symfonieorkester in Denmark and at Bath Abbey, Beethoven 9th Symphony for Minnesota Orchestra and for the RPO, Holst Savitri with the Nash Ensemble, the role of Sam Kaplan in Weill’s Street Scene at the BBC Proms, a R. Strauss & Tchaikovsky Recital at the Wigmore Hall, 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, Mozart Requiem at St John’s Smith Square, Carmina Burana at the Cheltenham Festival, 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, a recital at Kings Place as part of the NMC Songbook series, Savitri with London Sinfonietta and regular appearances at the Three Choirs, Cheltenham, Chelsea, Lichfield and Endellion Festivals.
Opera credits have included Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw in the Glyndebourne production and in Porto, Dr Blind Die Fledermaus for Glyndebourne on Tour, his Covent Garden debut as Borsa Rigoletto, Mime Das Rheingold in Oxford, and Martinu’s Mirandolina and Basilio Le Nozze di Figaro at the Garsington Festival, Tanzmeister in concert performances of Ariadne auf Naxos with Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO, Mao inNixon 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 Tanzmeister in Ariadne at Garsington, Elemer in Arabella for Garsington Opera and the Electrician in Adès’s Powder Her Face both in David Alden’s Almeida/Aldeburgh production, made into a film for Channel 4, in its Vienna and Boston premieres, and at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. With the Early Opera Company he played the title role in Thomas Arne’s Alfred at the Covent Garden Festival, Acis in Acis and Galatea and Oronte in Alcina. He sung Fenney/Hugo Mines of Sulphur and Carmina Burana at the Wexford Festival, Bob Boles Peter Grimes at the Endellion Festival, Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera Zuid, Hermes in Tippett’s King Priam with the Nationale Reis Opera, 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 with Streetwise Opera (working with London’s homeless). Daniel also appeared in a Portuguese opera by Nuno Corte Real, The Bronze Boy, in Porto and Lisbon. Recent engagements include White Minister Le Grand Macabre for English National Opera, Britten Canticles at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Maxwell Davies Taverner with BBC Scottish Symphony, Messiah for the Minnesota Orchestra & Chorale, Beethoven 9th Symphony at the Barbican and Carmina Burana for the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Columbia.
Recordings include four volumes of the Hyperion Schubert Edition with Graham Johnson, Beethoven 9th Symphony with the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä (Gramophone Editor’s Choice and nominated for a Grammy 2007), Maintop in Billy Budd with Richard Hickox and the LSO, Adès Powder Her Face on DVD, Slender in Sir John in Love by Vaughan Williams with Hickox and the 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) and Hugh Wood’s Comus with the BBCSO and Sir Andrew Davis. Daniel recently released his debut solo CD: Britten Winter Words and Who Are These Children? with Christopher Gould on BIS records.
Engagements in 2010/2011 include War Requiem for Southbank Sinfonia, title role Hugh the Drover with New Sussex Opera, Messiah at Brighton Dome, concerts at the National Concert Hall, Dublin and Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Stravinsky Renard in Helsinki and Paris and Moser Die Meistersinger for Glyndebourne Festival. Subsequent engagements include Goro Madama Butterfly and Tchekalinsky Queen of Spades with Opera North and Basilio for Glyndebourne on Tour.