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Daniel is a freelance, multi-award-winning, international opera and theatre director. Over a career spanning more than two decades, he has directed over 80 productions for more than 40 companies in 20 countries on 4 continents. He has collaborated with many of the world’s best creative partners to stage productions that communicate through bold, modern design, clear, exciting story-telling and original, detailed characterisation.

As a writer, his work includes translations of Don Giovanni and Macbeth and dialogues for many other operas, as well as two plays.

Born in London, he was educated at the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales. He took a 1st-class honours degree in English at Bristol University and received a PhD from Cambridge University for my thesis on the influence of Nietzsche on D.H. Lawrence. He is a fluent speaker of French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish.

2023 Productions
Orfeo ed Euridice and Dido & Aeneas

The Grange Festival

9 - 28 June

Conductor: Harry Christophers

Designer: Robert Innes Hopkins

Choreographer: Tim Claydon

Video Design: Nina Dunn

Lighting: Jo Town

Cast includes: Heather Lowe and Alexandra Oomens

L'Elisir d'Amore

San Francisco Opera

19 November - 9 December

Conductor: Ramón Tebar

Designer: Robert Innes Hopkins

Choreographer: Tim Claydon

Lighting: Simon Mills

Cast includes: Slávka Zámečníková and Pene Pati

Awards and Nominations
Romeo and Juliet

Singapore Repertory Theatre Shakespeare in the Park

President's Award 2016

The Cunning Little Vixen

Garsington Opera

WhatsOnStage Best New Opera Production 2015


Estonian National Opera

Aasta Lavastus Best New Production 2014


Buxton Festival

Manchester Evening News Best Opera Production 2008


Santa Fe Opera Festival

New Mexico Arts Event of the Year 2001

The Bartered Bride

Opera North

TMA Outstanding Achievement in Opera 1998

The Bartered Bride

Opera North

Manchester Evening News Best Opera Production 1998

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