Daniels fick sin första skolning av sina två föräldrar (båda sånglärare). Han startade som sopran i en kör men sjöng sedan som tenor när han blev äldre. Han visade ingen framgång som tenor under sina studier på Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music utan bytte till countertenor-stämma under sin masterutbildning för George Shirley på University of Michigan.
David Daniels, född 12 mars 1966 i Spartanburg, South Carolina, är en amerikansk operasångare (countertenor).
Han debuterade 1992 och vann Richard Tucker Award 1997. 1999 debuterade han på Metropolitan som Sesto i Händels Giulio Cesare in Egitto. Numer har han nästan sjungit alla de stora hjälterollerna som förknippas med countertenorer (varav många skrivna för kastratsångaren Senesino), bl.a.: Julius Caesar (i Händels Giulio Cesare in Egitto), Rinaldo (i Händels Rinaldo), Tamerlano (i Vivaldis Bajazet), Bertarido (i Händels Rodelinda), Arsamene (i Händels Xerxes), Ottone (i Monteverdis Poppeas kröning) och Orfeo (i Glucks Orfeus och Eurydike).
Han har en stark och virtuos röst som gör honom lämplig som barocksångare men i sitt recitalprogram sjunger han även många 1900-talsverk, till exempel Benjamin Britten.
Daniels was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the son of two singing teachers. He began to sing as a boy soprano, moving to tenor as his voice matured. His father,baritone Perry Daniels, was one of the pre-eminent members of the performing faculty during each summer at Brevard Music Center, linked to the School of Music atConverse College in Spartanburg; his mother was an opera soprano. Daniels studied music at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Dissatisfied with his achievements as a tenor, Daniels switched to singing countertenor during graduate studies at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (Master of Music in 1992) under the guidance of his teacher, George Shirley.
His repertoire has grown to include other major Handel roles, including Arsace in the comedy Partenope at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera in 2014; the title role in Tamerlano; and Arsamene in Xerxes. At the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Daniels played the title roles in Rinaldo and Orlando, as well as David in Saul. He also interpreted Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea. In Vivaldi’s opera Bajazet, he sang the role of Tamerlano. In 2013, he sang the title role in Giulio Cesareat the Metropolitan Opera.
Daniels has also branched out from the baroque roles usually associated with countertenors to include Oberon in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Metropolitan Opera, and as Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In July 2013 he created the role of Oscar Wilde in Oscar at theSanta Fe Opera, written for him by Theodore Morrison; he then sang Oscar again in Opera Philadelphia’s production in 2015. The same year he made his debut at theVienna State Opera as Trinculo in Thomas Adès’ opera The Tempest.
In the Fall 2015, Daniels joined his alma mater, the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, as Professor of Music in Voice.  While teaching at the school, Daniels will continue an active career as a performer.
In addition to his operatic work, Daniels also gives regular recitals, for which he has developed a repertoire that includes 19th- and 20th-century art songs not usually associated with countertenors, including works by such composers as Berlioz and Poulenc.
Daniels, who is gay, was married in Dumbarton House to his husband Scott Walters on June 21, 2014, by United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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