Daniel Sumegi

Daniel Sumegi


Daniel Sumegi has carved out an impressive international career with over one hundred roles in his repertoire. He has performed 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 Australia.

Recent appearances have included the world premiere of Manchurian Candidate (Minnesota Opera, Austin Opera), The Magic Flute, Pearl Fishers and Luisa Miller, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Rigoletto, Eugene Onegin (Opera Australia), Der Ring des Nibelungen (Melbourne, Seattle, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles), Madama Butterfly (Metropolitan Opera, Seattle), Daland in Der fliegende Holländer (Seattle, Adelaide), Rigoletto and Billy Budd (Los Angeles), Salome (Washington, Hong Kong) and Götterdämmerung (Strasbourg and Tokyo).

Some highlights from past seasons include Barbiere (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), Tannhäuser, Don Giovanni, and Nabucco (Opera Australia), Der Rosenkavalier, Tosca, Carmen, Don Carlo and Barbiere (Welsh National Opera), Salome (Opera North and Hamburg State Opera) and Aida (Montreal).

In 1994, Daniel Sumegi made his Italian debut in Der Freischütz and, in recital, for the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi of Trieste. 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. 

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 notable conductors such as Sir Andrew Davis, Placido Domingo, Charles Dutoit, Asher Fisch, Valery Gergiev, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Simon Rattle, Carlo Rizzi, Donald Runnicles, Nello Santi, Sir Jeffrey Tate, Edo de Waart, Sebastian Weigle and Simone Young.

Daniel Sumegi appears on CD in Beatrice di Tenda and Seattle Opera’s acclaimed Ring Cycle, and on DVD in the San Francisco Opera production of Capriccio, Opera Australia’s Don Giovanni, and the historic condensed Ring Cycle from Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires.