Countertenors are men who sing in the alto to soprano range, a style of singing that has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity over the past twenty years. Yes, it’s a little disconcerting at first to hear such angelic sounds coming out of the mouth of a bearded man, but Daniels, widely acknowledged as one of the leading countertenors in the world, makes it work, combining a warm and powerful voice with a charismatic presence.
Daniels made his Glimmerglass debut in 1994 at the start of his career as Nero in L’Incoronazione di Poppea and returned for leading roles in Tamerlano in 1995 and Partenope in 1998. For this program, he’s chosen music by Reynaldo Hahn, Charles Gounod, George Frideric Handel, Hector Berlioz and Steven Kohn. He will be accompanied by pianist Kevin Miller. Tickets for the 3:30pm concert are $50, $75, $100 and are fully tax deductible.
Here he performs two 16th century Spanish songs, “Con Amores, La Mi Madre” by Juan de Anchieta and “A La Caza” by Gabriel Mena: