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Australian bass-baritone Daniel Sumegi made his debut in 1988 and has an impressive career behind him. With over 100 roles in his repertoire, he has sung at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Covent Garden and the Paris Opera, as well as major opera companies across the United States, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia.
The 2016 season begins with Sumegi’s appearances as Count Walter in Verdi’s Luisa Miller for San Francisco Opera. This is followed by his return to Opera Australia as Sarastro in The Magic Flute, Nourobad in Les pêcheurs de perles and Wurm in Luisa Miller. He made his debut with the Singapore’s Orchestra of the Music Makers in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, after which he returned to Seattle Opera for Daland in a new production of Der Fliegende Holländer. Recently, he will returned to Austin Opera for the first revival of Kevin Puts’ Manchurian Candidate and in November 2016 he will again take part in Opera Australia’s acclaimed and award winning revival of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
In 2015 Daniel Sumegi took part in the world premiere of The Manchurian Candidate for Minnesota Opera from the same team that created the Pulitzer Prize winning Silent Night. He returned to Opera Australia for Sarastro in Julie Taymor’s award winning Magic Flute as well as the Grand Inquisitor in Elijah Moshinsky’s sumptuous production of Don Carlo.
In 2013/14 Daniel Sumegi appeared in Opera Australia’s first ever complete Ring Cycle, as Fasolt and Hagen, for which he was nominated for a 2014 Helpmann Award, and also performed for them as Sparafucile in Rigoletto and Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin. He returned to Los Angeles Opera for Billy Budd, as Mr Flint, and also completed engagements for West Australian Opera, as Sarastro in Magic Flute and West Australian Symphony Orchestra as soloist in programs of Brahms’ Four Serious Songs and Rossini’s Stabat Mater. He also portrayed the role of Death in Emperor of Atlantis for Lost and Found Opera. In August 2014 he made his role and company debut in concert with Victorian Opera, as Oroveso in Norma, before making his Hong Kong Opera debut as Jokanaan in Salome.
2012/13 was given over mainly to the Bicentennial of Richard Wagner. Sumegi appeared as Fasolt, Hunding and Hagen in an epic hour compact Ring Cycle undertaken at the famed Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. He also retumed to Seattle Opera to take part in the last outing of their acclaimed ‘Green Ring’, repeating his assignments as Fafner and Hagen. Amongst these projects he toured to Japan for Escamillo in Carmen for Al Productions. as well as Duke Bluebeard in Bluebeards Castle, in concert for both the Perth and Brisbane International Arts Festivals.
Other recent engagements include Macbeth and Don Giovanni (Opera Australia), Madama Butterfly and Billy Budd (Metropolitan Opera), Elektra (Perth International Arts Festival) and The Lighthouse (Dallas Opera). He also performed in concert with the Western Australian and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras.
Other past performances include the Ring Cycle (Seattle Opera) and Der Fliegende Holländer (State Opera of South Australia). Götterdämmerung (New National Theater, Tokyo), a return to the Metropolitan Opera to cover Daland in Der Fliegende Holländer, and his first time as Wotan and the Wanderer, serving as cover for Los Angeles Opera’s Ring Cycle. Mr Sumegi appeared in Salome (Washington National Opera), Rigoletto (Los Angeles Opera), Götterdämmerung (Opera du Rhin. Strassbourg) and San Francisco Opera’s Ring Cycle.
He has previously appeared in the United States with the Metropolitan Opera (Boris Godunov, Peter Grimes, Don Carlo), San Francisco Opera (Andrea Chenier, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Der Rosenkavalier, Capriccio, La boheme, Die Meistersinger, Pique Dame, II Trovatore, Tannhauser, The Fiery Angel, Salome, Aida), Washington Opera (Il Guarany, Boris Godunov, The Crucible, I Puritani, Otello, Tosca, Don Carlo). Houston Grand Opera (Macbeth, Aida, Don Giovanni), San Diego Opera (Die Zauberflöte, Der Fliegende Holländer), Minnesota Opera (Faust), Utah Opera (Fidelio), Palm Beach Opera (Samson et Dalila). Washington Concert Opera (Il Pirata) and Glimmerglass Opera at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (L’incoronazione di Poppea). An Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera Center from 1992 until 1994 he also toured the U.S. in Western Opera Theater’s mounting of La Boheme and traveled with that production to Japan.
The Australian bom bass-baritone has performed with all of Australia’s major opera companies in productions of Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Die Zauberflöte, Aida, Faust, La boheme, Samson et Dalila, Eugene Onegin, Simon Boccanegra, Les contes d’HofFmann, Tristan and Isolde, Tosca, Camen and Salome. In 1988 he sang the role of Ramfis in the Sydney season of the International Opera Festival production of Aida, subsequently singing the role of the King for their season in Tokyo, marking his international debut. He was a San Francisco Opera Center/Merola Opera Program participant in 1991, making his U.S. debut as Dr. Grenvil in La Traviata. Mr. Sumegi made his first European appearance in 1992 at Vienna’s Konzerthaus in concert performances of Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda and made his British debut in recital for the London Opera Festival at the Southbank Centre. He also took part in the Barcelona Olympic Games Arts Festival in the world premiere of the opera Asdrubila. In 1994 Daniel Sumegi made his Italian debut in Der Freischütz, and in recital for the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi of Trieste, and, also in 1994. he sang the title role in he North American premiere of Sir Michael Tippett’s King Priam for the San Francisco Opera Center. In January 1995 Daniel Sumegi sang once again in Italy, at the Teatro Regio di Torino in A Midsummer Night’s Dream followed by seasons of Faust and Macbeth for Holland’s National Reisopera, and in June 1996 he returned to the San Francisco Opera for a centennial production of La boheme.
Successful in voice competitions the young artist is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards including the 1994 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – Bruno Walter Prize and the 1995 William Matthews Sullivan Foundation Award. He was a winner of the Placicio Domingo World Opera Contest/Operalia 2, which was held in Madrid in October 1995 and a finalist in the 1992 Pavarotti/Philadelphia Opera contest. He has won most of the singing prizes that exist in Australia.
He has worked under noted conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Sir Simon Rattle, Jeffrey Tate, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras, Carlo Rizzi, Asher Fisch, Nicola Luisotti, Renato Palumbo, James Conlon, Simone Young, Nello Santi, Donnald Runnicles, Sebastian Weigle and Edo de VVaart.
Other international engagements include: Paris Opera (Billy Budd), Cologne Opera (Götterdämmerung), Bonn Opera (Die Zauberflöte), Opera Nantes (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), Welsh National Opera (Der Rosenkavalier, Tosca), Vlaamse Opera (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg). Teatro Municipal Santiago (I Lombardi), Nationale Reisopera (Faust, Macbeth), Oviedo Spain (Don Giovanni), State Opera of South Australia (Aida, Der Ring des Nibelungen. Parsifal, Verdi Requiem, Tosca), Opera Australia (Aida, Barbiere, Faust, La Boheme, Samson et Dalila, Simon Boccanegra, Les contes d’HofFmann, Tristan and lsolde, Carmen, Salome), Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven Symphony No.9, Mahler 8th Symphony, Siegfried). Orquestra Sinfonica de Tenerife (Beethoven 9th. Dvorak Stabat Mater), and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Richard Tucker Gala).
Daniel Sumegi can be heard on CD in Beatrice di Tenda from Vienna’s Konzerhaus, and on Seattle Opera’s newly released 2013 Ring Cycle. He also appears on video in the San Francisco Opera Production of Capriccio, and on DVD/Blueray in Don Giovanni from Opera Australia and Teatro Colon’s Ring Cycle.