Featured Collaborator: Daniel Carison
Daniel Carison is a 25 year-old bass-baritone born and raised in Melbourne. In 2015 Daniel became the recipient of a scholarship with the Melba Opera Trust, the premier operatic training and business program for singers in the Southern Hemisphere. In 2017, Daniel joined the Melba Opera Trust for a third consecutive year as the recipient of the Ruskin Opera Award and the Paulette Bisley Opera Scholarship, through Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust.
In 2014 Daniel completed his studies at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music under the teaching of Peter Mander and currently holds his Bachelor of Music.
As a musician and an actor Daniel has spent a large portion of his performance career on stage in opera, operetta, musicals and straight dramas, starring in such roles as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof and Henry Higgins from My Fair Lady. Daniel was awarded Best Male actor in a leading role in 2011 by the Victorian Theatre Guild. In recent years Daniel has been awarded The Herman Schildberger award for an upcoming young opera singer and in December of 2013 Daniel performed in the Great Romantics Competition at the Melbourne Recital centre. This competition recognized Daniel as one of the top developing young musicians in Australia. Daniel has worked as soloist and chorister for the University of Melbourne, Victorian Opera Company, Opera Australia, Savoy Opera Company and various other semi-professional and community groups. Daniel is a natural interpreter who puts great emphasis on attention to tradition, language, character and delivery.
Most recently Daniel was awarded first place in the very prestigious RMP (Royal Melbourne Philharmonic) Aria Competition. In August 2014, Daniel was one of three winners in 3MBS’ Inaugural live radio performance series, ‘The Talent’. Daniel has performed as a soloist on some Melbourne’s finest stages including Hamer Hall and the Melbourne Recital Centre, and is a regular performer on 3MBS. 2015 has seen Daniel perform in a number of operas in and around Melbourne including Victorian Opera’s The Flying Dutchman and Sweeney Todd and the Pirate King in Savoy Opera Company’s production of The Pirates of Penzance. Daniel is quickly becoming one of Australia's most prominent young Baritones. His most recent triumph's include his live radio performance of Schumann's Dichterliebe on 3MBS and his concert performance of Schubert's 'Winterreise' which were both performed with his long term musical partner and repetiteur, Geoffrey Urquhart.
In 2017, Daniel became the recipient of the German Australia Opera Grant (GAOG), joining the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden for their 18/19 Season.