Dramatic baritone Daniel Scofield is a two-time prize winner of the The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a recipient of the Olga Forrai Foundation grant for dramatic voices in opera. He begins the 23/24 season with a return to the Prague State Opera for Pagliacci/Cavalleria Rusticana (Tonio/Algio) in a revival of last season's critically acclaimed new production by Ondrej Havelka. Additional season engagements include returns to Opera Orlando for Tosca (Scarpia), Opera Baltimore for Eugene Onegin in the title role and debuts with Fort Worth Opera La bohème (Marcello), and the Teatro Municipal de Santiago as Scarpia in Tosca. Future seasons include role and company debuts at Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Staatsoper Hannover and a return to the Prague State Opera.
Celebrated for his “richly shaded” (Operawire), “booming voice, and full range” (Houston Press), baritone Daniel Scofield is quickly garnering attention as a young Verdi baritone on the rise.
Mr. Scofield has made role debuts as Scarpia in Tosca for Tri-Cities Opera, and Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West for Opera Orlando. In concert with the Rapids Symphony he performed Germont in La traviata, and in Oklahoma with the quickly rising Painted Sky Opera, he portrayed Rigoletto.
Other engagements include performances of Tonio, a signature role with Opera Columbus, Opera Idaho and Opera Orlando in a a collaboration that received high critical praise and national recognition as a must see production. With Opera San Antonio he returned to Marcello in La bohéme, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with St. Petersburg Opera and Opera Baltimore, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Pacific Opera Project as well as in his company debut with Maryland Lyric Opera. Other recent performances include Rigoletto with Gulfshore Opera and Independent Opera, Germont in La Traviata with Hudson Opera Theater, Four Villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann and Ford in Falstaff with Pacific Opera Project.
Apart from his opera performances, Mr. Scofield is also highly regarded as a concert performer. He has showcased his talents with orchestras across the country, including the Plano Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Indiana University Orchestra, among others. His concert repertoire includes works by Haydn, Handel, Britten, Stravinsky, and Mahler, among others.
"In the role of the conflicted French governor Monforte, Daniel Scofield provided some of the best singing of the evening with his introspective mezza voce phrasing in Monforte’s Act 3 solo “In braccio alle dovizie”. His smooth-grained but large-sized Verdi baritone was capable of lyrical and dramatic vocal effects underpinned by firm legato control."
Last season saw Daniel making several important debuts and premieres. In September he traveled to Berlin to perform Dame Ethel Smyth's Les Naufrageurs for the radio in the original French with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester under Maestro Robin Ticciati before returning to the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Sir David McVicar's production of Don Carlos. He also joined the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples in their production of Die Walküre and returned to the Prague State Opera in their double bill of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, in a new production by Ondřej Havelka.
Previously he made his Glyndebourne Opera debut as Marcello in La bohéme, his Prague State Opera debut as the Count in Der ferne Klang, and joined the Lyric Opera of Chicago for their production of Macbeth. Recent engagements include Marcello in La bohéme with Charlottesville Opera, Montforte in I vespri siciliani with New Amsterdam Opera, and Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci with Lyric Opera of Chicago, which was among the cancellations of 2020.
"By pinning Jack Rance’s tin star to his waistcoat, baritone Daniel Scofield joined the brigade of memorable Sheriffs including Pasquale Amato, Tito Gobbi, Giangiacomo Guelfi, Anselmo Colzani, and Silvano Carroli. That Scofield is worthy of this illustrious company was evident from his first notes.......In Scofield’s performance, Rance was reminiscent of the Wanderer in Act Three of Wagner’s Siegfried: his power overwhelmed, he sank into the shadows. Scofield’s voice shone brightly throughout the evening, however, and the depth of the baritone’s artistry was apparent in his nuanced, sympathetic portrayal of a character who too frequently becomes a caricature."