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 many of its leading choral organizations. He appears regularly at major Bach and choral Festivals and has performed Oratorio and Opera internationally, working under conductors such as Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, Christopher Hogwood, John Nelson, Bruno Weil, Bernard Labadie, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, to name a few. He has gained acclaim as a recitalist and recording artist and will celebrate 40 years of professional life this season with concerts in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia. Mr.Lichti’s artistry continues to inspire admiration for the beauty, warmth, and richness of his voice, and respect for the dignity and sincerity of his interpretations.
An Associate Professor of Voice for the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University since 1998, he has just returned from a sabbatical during which he performed Schubert’s epic Winterreise in Paris, Vienna, and Lyon. In addition to other recitals in Ontario and Lyon, France, Mr. Lichti has performed with Theatre of Early Music in Montreal, at the Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival, in Berea, Ohio, the Bethlehem Bach Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Nearer home, he sang the title role in Mendelssohn’s majestic Elijah with the Guelph Chamber Choir, the role of Christus in the Canadian premiere of the “Kaiser” Markus-Passion with Kitchener-Waterloo’s Spiritus Ensemble, and joined the Grand Philharmonic Choir, to sing the Bass arias in Bach’s Johannes-Passion for the traditional Good Friday concert at Kitchener’s Centre in the Square.
This summer he returned to Académie de Fourvière in Lyon, France to teach and sing in recital. In combination with his recitals, he has been invited to give Master Classes in Valetta, Malta, at Rollins College, in Winterpark, Florida, at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, at the 2012 Summer Academy of Chamber Music in Osnabrück, Germany and, in 2013 at the Institute for European Studies in Vienna. Invitations for Master Classes this year have come from Baldwin-Wallace University, Taiwan’s National University for the Performing Arts and the Department of Music at Tunghai University.
He was featured as one of a panel of four judges and coaches for the second season of the highly successful Bathroom Divas show that aired on BRAVO-TV and won a Gemini Award for Best Human Interest Series.
Upcoming concerts include Schubert’s Winterreise, Mahler’s Rueckert Lieder, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Barber’s Dover Beach with the acclaimed Penderecki String Quartet.
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. >