Daniel Sumegi

Daniel Sumegi


Now in his 25th year of an impressive international career, with over one hundred roles in his repertoire, Daniel Sumegi has sung at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Covent Garden and the Paris Opera, as well as major opera companies across the United States, Europe, Asia, South America and has performed with all of Australia's major opera companies and Symphony Orchestras.

Recent appearances have included Luisa Miller (San Francisco Opera), Don Carlo, Pearl Fishers, Magic Flute, Rigoletto and Eugene Onegin and The Ring Cycle (Opera Australia), The Manchurian Candidate (Minnesota Opera), Billy Budd (Los Angeles), Madam Butterfly (Metropolitan Opera), The Lighthouse (Dallas Opera), Salome (Hong Kong), Magic Flute, Lucia di Lammermoor and Elektra (West Australian Opera).

Other recent highlights include Bluebeard’s Castle (Perth and Brisbane Festivals), Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Melbourne), Macbeth and Don Giovanni (Sydney), Der Ring des Nibelungen (Seattle and San Francisco), Daland in Der fliegende Holländer (Seattle, Adelaide), Rigoletto (Los Angeles), Salome (Washington) and Götterdämmerung (Strasbourg and Tokyo).

Past appearances include The Barber of Seville (Glimmerglass Opera), Der Rosenkavalier (Scottish Opera), Götterdämmerung (Cologne), the title role in Bloch’s Macbeth (Frankfurt), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Die Frau ohne Schatten and Parsifal (Hamburg), Mahler's Symphony No. 8 (Madrid), Der fliegende Holländer (Seattle Opera), Tannhäuser and Nabucco (Opera Australia), Der Rosenkavalier, Tosca, Carmen, Don Carlo and The Barber of Seville (Welsh National Opera), Salome (Opera North and Hamburg State Opera) and Aida (Montreal).

In 1991 Daniel Sumegi was chosen to participate in San Francisco Opera’s prestigious young artist programs, in the Merola Program and then subsequently as a two year Adler Fellow.

In 1994, Daniel Sumegi made his Italian debut in Der Freischütz, and in recital, for the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi of Trieste, and, also in 1994, while participating in the Adler Fellowship program, he sang the title role in the North American premiere of Sir Michael Tippett's King Priam for the San Francisco Opera Center.  In January 1995, he sang once again in Italy, at the Teatro Regio di Torino in A Midsummer Night's Dream followed by seasons of Faust and Macbeth for Holland's National Reisopera, and in June 1996 he returned to the San Francisco Opera for a centennial production of La bohème.

Winner of the 1987 Melbourne Sun Aria and 1989 McDonalds Aria, Sumegi was also a winner of the 1994 New York Metropolitan Opera Contest and the 1995 Placido Domingo Operalia.  He has worked under noted conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Sir Simon Rattle, Jeffrey Tate, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras, Carlo Rizzi, Nicola Luisotti, Simone Young, Nello Santi, Donald Runnicles, Sebastian Weigle, Edo de Waart, Richard Hickox and Placido Domingo.

Daniel Sumegi appears on: DVD in Don Giovanni (Opera Australia) and Teatro Colón’s Mini Ring Cycle; CD in The Ring Cycle (Seattle Opera) and Beatrice di Tenda (Nightingale Classics); and on video in the San Francisco Opera production of Capriccio