Daniel Cole, Bass Daniel Cole

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Daniel Cole brings to the stage an attractive basso cantante voice, an elegant stage presence, and an astute musical intelligence. After interrupting his doctoral degree in conducting from Indiana University School of music to pursue a Professional Studies in Opera degree at Temple University, he subsequently placed first in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions in the New Jersey district and first again in the New York regional finals. Since then Mr. Cole has appeared in theatres in Lisbon (Il Re in Aida ), Cologne (Colline in La Boheme), Taiwan (Colline) Amsterdam (Voice of God in Stravinsky's The Flood) , New York (Marco in L'Arlesiana at Alice Tully Hall) and throughout the United States .

He has also established a respectable concert career, including performances of Penderecki's St. Luke Passion with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Mozart's Mass in C minor with the Canton ( Ohio ) Symphony, and the Mozart Requiem in his debut at Carnegie Hall with MidAmerica Productions

In 2004, Mr. Cole made his debut with the Dayton and Kentucky Opera Companies, as Colline with the former, and as the First Soldier (Salome ) with the latter, followed by a debut with Opera Boston as Wurm in Verdi's Luisa Miller . In May, he made his debut with the Cincinnati May Festival, James Conlon conducting, in excerpts from Die Meistersinger , and in the summer, he returned to Utah Festival Opera for Alidoro in La Cenerentola and Sparafucile in Rigoletto . Mr. Cole also made his debut with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in performances of Bernard Rands' Canti dell'Eclissi , returned to the Cincinnati Symphony for Haydn's Mass in Time of War, and was the bass soloist for Beethoven's Mass in C under the baton of Jane Glover.

In 2005, Mr. Cole again appeared with Utah Festival Opera to sing the roles of Timur in Turando t and Reverand Hale in The Crucible . Following a recital with Martin Katz he then returned to Opera Boston to sing the Secret Police Agent in Menotti's The Consul and made his debut with Fargo-Moorhead Civic Opera as Sarastro in The Magic Flute . Mr. Cole also performed his first Die Winterreise with pianist William Ransom at the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival.

In 2006 and 2007, Mr. Cole was seen as Alidoro in Opera Carolina's produduction of La Cenerentola , and as Lucius in a revival of Seymour Barab's Phillip Marshall with Western Plains Opera. Other engagements included a performances of Handel's Messiah in Philadelphia , and a return to Fargo-Moorhead as Sparafucile.

Mr. Cole served on the voice faculty at the University of Delaware from 2004-2007. He is currently the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia , South Carolina . He maintains an active performaing career, including upcoming performances and a recording of Dominic Argento's Johnah, with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

Mr. Cole and his wife Holly have three boys, Nathanael, Benjamin and Timothy. They reside in Columbia , SC.



La Bohème

Augusta Opera
Dayton Opera
Opera Hall, Belgium; Cologne
Opera Illinois
American Opera Theatre; Taiwan
Opera Theatre of Philadelphia
Indiana University Opera Theater


Le Nozze di Figaro

Union Avenue Opera
Temple University Opera Theatre
Indiana University Opera Theater


The Magic Flute

Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Shreveport Opera


The Magic Flute

Fargo-Morehead Civic Opera

Voice of God

The Flood

Netherlands Opera

Alidoro(incl. La del ciel )


Utah Festival Opera
Opera Carolina

Il Rè


Opera Hall , Belgium ; Lisbon



Utah Festival Opera
Opera Illinois
Fargo-Morehead Civic Opera



American Opera Theatre; Taiwan

Count Wurm

Luisa Miller

Opera Boston



Utah Festival Opera*

Rev. Hale

The Crucible

Utah Festival Opera*

1 st Soldier


Kentucky Opera

Don Basilio

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Natchez Opera Festival
Sarasota Opera (cover)



Teatro Grattacielo, Alice Tully Hall

Elder McClean


Shreveport Opera



Opera Illinois



Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Doctor Grenvil

La Traviata

Natchez Opera Festival



Temple University Opera Theatre


Don Giovanni

Indiana University Opera Theater

Don Alfonso

Così fan tutte

Indiana University Opera Theater

Henry Kissinger

Nixon in China

Indiana University Opera Theater



Final Scene of Meistersinger

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Haydn, J.


Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Mozart, W.A.


University of Virginia
Carnegie Hall

Mozart, W.A.

Mass in C Minor

Canton Symphony Orchestra

Verdi, G.


Columbus Philharmonic

Handel, G.F.


Atlanta Baroque Orchestra

Bach, J.S.

St. Matthew Passion

Lafayette Bach Chorale

Bach, J.S.

St. John Passion

Bloomington Chamber Singers

Bach, J.S.

Cantatas 4 & 140

Atlanta Baroque Orchestra

Bernard Rands

Canti dell'Eclissi

Boston Modern Orchestra Project

Penderecki, K.

St. Luke Passion

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia

*indicates future performance


Argento, D.


The Boston Modern Orchestra Project and
The Providence Singers, Nov. 2008



Atlanta Emory Chamber Music Society with Pianist William Ransom, April 2005

University of Delaware with Martin Katz, Suzanne Mentzer, William Ferguson, Nov. 2005

Cashier-Highlands Chamber Music Festival, Winterreise with Pianist William Ransom, Nov. 2005


1 st Place , New Jersey District: Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions,1999

1 st Place , New York Region: Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 1999

National Semi-Finalist: MacAllister Awards, 2000

2 nd Place , New Jersey Performing Arts Alliance Vocal Competition, 1999


Voice Teachers: Robert McFarland, Jerome Hines, Costanza Cuccaro

Directors: James Marvel, Jay Lesenger, Colin Graham, David Gately, Peter Sellars

Conductors: Gerald Steichen, Karen Keltner, Robert Porco, Willie Waters, Joseph Illick, Raymond Leppard, Grant Llewelyn.

Coaches: Fiora Contino


Indiana University School of Music, DM in Conducting, 2004

Temple University School of Music, Professional Diploma in Opera, 1999

Indiana University School of Music, MM in Conducting, 1995

Emory University , BA in Music, 1993

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