Grammy Award-nominated tenor Daniel Bates enjoys a wide-ranging performance schedule in concert and opera. During the 2017–2018 season, his operatic appearances include debuts with Anchorage Opera as Ernesto in Don Pasquale and with the Imperial Symphony as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, as well as a return to Anchorage Opera as the title role in Candide. His concert appearances include a return to The Arts at Grace to perform a solo recital and his Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra debut in their season opening gala.
Mr. Bates' 2016–2017 operatic engagements included a series of role and company debuts, starting with his first Pedrillo in Opera Ithaca's New Year's Eve Gala production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail. He made his Vero Beach Opera debut as Ernesto in Don Pasquale and First Coast Opera debut in a double bill of Gilbert & Sullivan's Trial by Jury and Tucker & Sheeley's The Trial of B. B. Wolf. He also joined the roster of Milwaukee's Skylight Music Theatre for a rare production of Grétry's Zémire et Azor, an 18th-century retelling of the Beauty and the Beast tale, in which he will cover the role of Azor (the "beast").
Additional 2016–2017 commitments included Mr. Bates' return to Opera Saratoga to perform in the company's community outreach series, and his debut The Arts at Grace (Homer, NY), performing Robert Paterson's song cycle Batter's Box. A performing artist committed to arts education, Mr. Bates participated in the Juilliard–Nord Anglia Performing Arts Program, a collaboration between the Juilliard School and Nord Anglia Education, serving as teaching artist in residence with North Broward Preparatory School and performing Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with the students of North Broward.
An alumnus of young artist residencies across the United States, Mr. Bates was a 2014–2016 Young Artist with Florida Grand Opera, where his repertoire included a critically acclaimed Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles, Goro in Madama Butterfly, the Third SS Man in Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Passenger, and the Magician (cover) in The Consul. As an Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera in 2015 and 2016, Mr. Bates performed the role of the Slave in Salome and both Junior and Charlie in the world premiere in Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain, a live recording of which was released by Pentatone and which has recently been nominated for a Grammy.
During the 2013–2014 season, Mr. Bates was a Resident Artist with Shreveport Opera, where his repertoire included Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, Pang in Turandot, and Nemorino (cover) in L'elisir d'amore. He has also been a Studio Artist with Opera Saratoga and a Festival Artist with Utah Festival Opera, where he covered the role of the Evangelist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion.
Recognized as a young artist of significant talent, Mr. Bates is a Grant Winner in the 2016 Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition and First Place winner in the 2016 National Society of Arts Letters Voice Competition (Florida East Coast Chapter). In 2015 he received a Career Development Grant from the Sullivan Foundation. Additional competition credits include District Winner and Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, First Place winner of the East Bay Opera League Competition, and prizewinner of the Henry and Maria Holt Competition.