B i o g r a p h y
Having worked in several different musical genres throughout his career, Daniel Spiotta's vocal versatility has led him to perform in some of the world’s most highly respected music venues as well as go on to record an album, tracks and jingles for Fortune 500 companies, and a major motion picture.
As a boy soprano, Daniel began singing after his parents went to see a production of Les Misérables in his hometown of Memphis, TN when he was just 12 years old. He just couldn’t get enough of singing along with the cassette tape in his mother’s van. It wasn’t too long before his parents took notice of his musical ability and signed him up for voice lessons. Shortly thereafter, Daniel was winning pop and music theater vocal competitions in the Memphis area and quickly began to show potential in the classical world of singing, winning the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Competition at only 18.
Upon completion of high school, Daniel was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Eastman School of Music, where he studied opera performance under the direction of famed voice teacher, Dale Moore. While at Eastman, Daniel won first prize in the National Lotta Lenya Competition, as well as first place in the Mid-South, regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition. These led him to tour Japan as a concert soloist with world renowned soprano Nicole Cabell and to record an album together with Warner Bros. Publications.
Daniel’s musical theater credits include some of country’s best theater companies, including Papermill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera, the Fulton Theatre, and Northshore, to name a few, as well as the Off-Broadway house the York Theatre. He has been a part of three Broadway National Tours; Jekyll and Hyde, Titanic, and his dream show, Les Misérables. He has performed as a soloist at Lincoln Center for Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway and has also recorded on the concept album, The Creature of the Black Lagoon, for Forbidden Broadway’s creator, Gerard Allessandrini.
While in New York, Daniel gained the attention of a record producer looking to book him as a studio singer. He went on to record jingles for national commercials for companies such as Disney, Nike, Sony, KFC, Patron, the Kentucky Derby, Universal Studios, as well as on several concept albums and on Paramount Pictures’ major motion picture, The Marc Pease Experiment, which is how he became a member of the Screen Actors Guild. He has appeared in hit television shows such as Law and Order CI, 30 Rock, Gossip Girl, Absolutely Fabulous, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Daniel has enjoyed his extensive musical theater career; however, he has now returned to the opera world. He has performed with the New York City Lyric Opera as the Duke in Gounod’s Romeo et Julliette at Carnegie Hall and is now singing with Opera Memphis, most recently of which he appeared as the lead in Jerry Dye and Sam Shoup’s new rock opera, Kayfabe, which is about Memphis wrastlin’ in the 1980’s. Daniel is the winner of the 2019 Memphis Repertory Orchestra Concert/Aria competition and is currently a first-year master’s student in vocal performance at the University of Memphis, where he studies under the direction of Susan Owen-Leinert.
When not on stage or in the practice room, Daniel enjoys fishing, the outdoors, teaching voice and playing with his enormous dog, George. He and his partner, Wes, currently reside in Knoxville, TN.