Since his operatic debut at the 1974 Stratford Festival, Daniel Lichti has established himself as one of Canada’s finest bass-baritones, performing with many of North America’s finest Orchestras (both modern and baroque) and with most of its Choral organizations. He has achieved renown at major Bach and summer Festivals, performed Oratorio and Opera internationally, gained acclaim as a recitalist and recording artist, and taken the stage with many of Canada’s leading opera companies. In 2014-15, he celebrated 40 years of singing for audiences around the world, and ongoing critical commentary indicates that his artistry continues to inspire admiration for the beauty, warmth and richness of his voice, and respect for the dignity and sincerity of his interpretations.
Mr. Lichti, Associate Professor of Voice for the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University since 1998, is frequently invited to teach and conduct Master Classes internationally. Recently he gave a Master Class at Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory, at Tapei’s University for the Arts, and for the Music Department at Tunghai University in Taiwan. This summer he returned to teach and perform at the 2015 Académie de Fourvière in Lyon, France, where he has been a guest artist/teacher for the past three years.
Performance highlights of the coming season include the title role in Elijah with the Grand Philharmonic Choir and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and Schubert’s epic Winterreise in Hagen, Germany with pianist Roland Pröll, and in Winnipeg, for Prairie Performances, with his colleague, pianist Leslie De’Ath. May 2016 will mark yet another of his many guest appearances at the Bethlehem Bach Festival in Pennsylvania.
The Journal of Singing
Schubert—Winterreise, Daniel Lichti, bass baritone; Leslie De’Ath, fortepiano.
(Analekta AN 2 9921; 62:48)
Superb recordings of Franz Schubert’s Winterreise abound. It is as though the very greatness of these texts and the music crafted for them has inspired generations of singers to their artistic pinnacle. These are songs that compel the singer to the most profound and personal kind of expressivity, even as they confront the singer with one vocal and musical challenge after another. Beyond the specific life of each song is the overarching journey through the entire cycle and the tricky task of conveying the moods of hurt, anger, bitterness, despair, and resignation in colors and shades detailed enough to produce more than a faceless, lifeless shroud of gray. >