Acclaimed as one of Canada's finest concert and oratorio singers, Bass-baritone Daniel Lichti, Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University since 1998, performs widely with international symphonic, choral and concert organizations. His presence at major American Bach Festivals continued in 2012 with performances at the 80th annual Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival, with the Ottawa Bach Choir, celebrating their 10th Anniversary, with Kitchener-Waterloo's Grand Philharmonic Choir and at America's oldest Bach Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Lichti also made his debut with the Tilford Bach Society in England - their Diamond Jubilee.
No stranger to the opera stage since his debut at the Stratford Festival in 1974, he has performed in Europe and North America with, among others, the COC, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Boston's Handel & Haydn Society, L'Opéra de Montréal, L'Opéra de Québec, and Opera Atelier. The fall of 2010 marked his 4th appearance with Opera Hamilton, and the 2011 Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival featured him in a staged version of Bach's charming "Coffee Cantata," following back-to-back seasons with Stratford Summer Music at Balzac's Café, as the grumbling Herr Schlendrian.
Adding to his extensive discography, ANALEKTA recently released Hugo Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch to follow his critically acclaimed Winterreise by Franz Schubert. His collaborator on these recordings, Leslie De'Ath, together with Mr. Lichti gave a recital of Hugo Wolf Lieder at the Canadian University Musicians Society Conference, June 2012. Later he joined the acclaimed Pentaèdre Wind Ensemble and Accordianist Joseph Petric in a brilliant arrangement of Schubert's Winterreise for Music at Sharon. He performed the same work with pianist Roland Pröll at the Summer Academy of Chambermusic in Osnabrück, Germany, and has accepted invitations for 2013 performances of this great song cycle in Paris, Lyon and Vienna. Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Argau Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland will add to his 2013 European concert activity. This autumn, he returns to Edmonton to perform the title role "Elijah" with the Richard Eaton Singers.
The Juno-nominated singer was one of four judges and teachers featured in the Gemini Award winning TV series "Bathroom Divas" for BRAVO TV. Next summer sees him teaching at L'Académie de Fourvière, Lyon and at the Institute for European Studies in Vienna.
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. >