Sharon Daniels is Associate Professor of Music, Voice and Performance Techniques at Boston University. She enjoyed a 25-year singing career with debut at San Francisco Opera, and many seasons as principal soprano at New York City Opera and other American companies, including Houston Grand Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Dallas Opera, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, to name a few. Along with standard roles such as Violetta, Manon, Micaela, Musetta, Mimì, Marie, Adele, Adina, and Marguerite, she specialized in American heroines such as Pat Nixon in Nixon in China, Curley’s wife in Of Mice and Men, Birdie in Regina, Pauline L’Allemande in Black River, Rose Maurrant in Street Scene, the title roles in Floyd’s Susannah with Sam Ramey as Blitch, Titus’s Rosina, and The Ballad of Baby Doe; as well as several productions as Hannah in The Merry Widow. She starred as Rosabella in the Broadway revival and PBS Great Performances national telecast of The Most Happy Fella opposite Giorgio Tozzi.
Miss Daniels’studio has produced professional singers in major festivals, venues, and companies in the US and Europe, and winners in many competitions, including but not limited to The Metropolitan Opera Regional and National Council Auditions, The International Caruso Competition, The Joy of Singing Competition, the Giulio Gari Competition, Liederkranz Competition, Young Concert Artist Guild Competition, Career Bridges Competition, Jenny Lind Competition, National Association Teachers of Singing NATSSA recital competition, to name a few. She regularly is clinician for “Mastery” classes entitled “Classical Singer as Actor.”
At Boston University she served as director of the Opera Institute and Opera Programs and produced and directed main-stage and Fringe Festival productions for 25 years. She has stage directed for Boston Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Portland Opera Repertory Theater, Granite State Opera, and the International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI), where she also taught voice. She recently served as director for Jake Heggie’s song cycle “Pieces of 9/11,” with the composer at the piano, and directed his opera Three Decembers for IVAI. For Boston University, IVAI Virginia, and IVAI Tel Aviv she staged Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, with the composer in residence.
Miss Daniels served as a review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts: New American Works/Opera Music Theater, was adjudicator for the Jose Iturbi competition, received the Jacopo Peri Award for contributions to opera in New England, and is a regular participating member of Opera America’s Singer Training Forum.