Daniel Lichti, Bass Baritone
Acclaimed as one of Canada's finest concert and oratorio singers, Daniel Lichti continues to build on his successes with major symphonic, choral and concert organizations worldwide. Since beginning his career at the 1974 Stratford Festival, he has bowed with the Canadian Opera Company, at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, L'Opera de Montreal, Opera de Quebec, Opera Atelier, Edmonton Opera and Opera Hamilton. Mr. Lichti has been a frequent performer with Toronto's Opera in Concert, sings regularly at several North American Choral Festivals, and his concerts have been heard on the CBC, BBC, and NPR networks. Since 1998 he has been Associate Professor and Coordinator of Voice for the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. A popular recitalist and acclaimed Lieder singer, Lichti has sung Schubert's Winterreise at Washington's National Gallery, for Festival Canada and for the International Chamber Music Festival in Ottawa, for national broadcast on the CBC, at the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival in Virginia, for Temple Square Concerts in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Valetta, Malta, in Israel, and most recently, while on sabbatical, in Paris, Vienna, and Lyon. His critically acclaimed recording of this song cycle with colleague Leslie De'Ath was released by ANALEKTA and the upcoming season includes invitations to perform this epic work in Hagen, Germany, Winnipeg, Victoria, and Edmonton. In combination with his recitals, Mr.Lichti is often invited to conduct Master Classes. He has been a guest teacher in Valetta, Malta, at Rollins College, in Winterpark, Florida, at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, at the 2012 Summer Academy of Chamber Music in Osnabrück, Germany and, in 2013, at Academie de Fourviere in Lyon, France and the Institute for European Studies in Vienna. Now a regular guest instructor in Lyon, where he also appears in recital, in 2014 he was invited to conduct Master Classes at Baldwin-Wallace University, in Taiwan at Tapei's National University of the Arts and for the Music Department of Tunghai University. He was featured as one of a panel of four judges and coaches for the second season of the highly successful Bathroom Divas show that aired on BRAVO-TV and won a Gemini Award for Best Human Interest Series. In December 2015 he will join an international jury for the Drei Generationen Mozart Competition in Hagen, Germany. Highlights of past seasons include a Proms Concert at Royal Albert Hall in a premiere performance of Libby Larsen's I It Am (a co-commission by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and the BBC), the world premiere of Ruth Fazal's deeply moving Oratorio Terezin in Toronto, performances of Bach's Mass in B minor at King's College, the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Usher Hall in Edinburgh, at St. Albans Organ Festival, the Hercules Saal in Munich as well as at the Kennedy Center and at Carnegie Hall in celebration of the Centenary of its first North American performance. Concerts and an acclaimed video recording with the Bach specialist, Helmuth Rilling and the Bach Akademie of Stuttgart, as well as concerts with the Bach Aria Group and the Washington Bach Consort are also among his past credits. Mr. Lichti has been a frequent guest artist at major North American Bach Festivals, notably The Bach Festival in Bethlehem, PA, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Baldwin-Wallace Festival in Berea, Ohio, the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival and the Oregon Bach Festival. In 2012 he made his debut with the Tilford Bach Society in England for their Diamond Jubilee.
He has been heard in concert with the Symphony Orchestras of San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Vancouver, Cleveland, Edmonton, Quebec City, Winnipeg, Kitchener-Waterloo and Newark; with Boston's Handel & Haydn Society, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Canadian Chambre Ensemble, Theatre of Early Music, Philharmonia Baroque of San Francisco, Les Violons du Roy and Tafelmusik. Fans of the many recitals given by Mr. Lichti together with mezzo soprano Catherine Robbin and pianist Leslie De'Ath, were delighted with their 2010 release of Hugo Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch with ANALEKTA. Earlier recordings by Mr. Lichti include Songs of Hugo Wolf, nominated for a Juno Award, two recordings of Bach Cantatas and the Mass in B minor with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem (all on the Dorian label), Sony's The Gift of Messiah, and two CDs of Lieder by Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms with pianist Janina Fialkowska on the Opening Day label.
A Centaur Records recording of baroque gems, The Soulful Bach &Telemann, features Mr. Lichti with the American early music ensemble “Olde Friends”. A more recent recording with the Ottawa Bach Choir, and a 2009 ANALEKTA release with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem build on his extensive discography. This season's highlights, in addition to his recital invitations, included performances of Barber's Dover Beach with the Penderecki String Quartet, a recital of Hugo Wolf Lieder at the Festival of the Academie de Fourviere in Lyon, France, the title role in Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Grand Philharmonic Choir and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, and a return to the 109th Bethlehem Bach Festival.