A young artist recognised for a flexible and distinctive tenor voice, Daniel Montenegro is a graduate of San Francisco’s prestigious Merola Opera Program and offers a varied repertoire of bel canto and verismo through to contemporary roles.
In recent seasons Daniel has made several significant debuts including Mario in Daniel Catán’s Il Postino at Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet alongside Plácido Domingo (marking his European opera debut), Roderigo in Otello with San Francisco Opera under Nicola Luisotti, Alfredo in La Traviata with Minnesota Opera as well as Pang in Turandot at the Hollywood Bowl, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
Projects in the 2012/13 season include Rigoletto with the San Francisco Opera, conducted by Nicola Luisotti, Handel’s Messiah with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra under Christopher Warren-Green, Estévez’s La Cantata criolla with the Phoenix Symphony under Michael Christie and Pong in Allen Charles Klein’s production of Turandot for Dallas Opera under Marco Zambelli.
"Giovanni was sung by Daniel Montenegro in an appropriately ardent manner: It was clear from his easy phrasing and rise to controlled anguish that his character was confronting new and startling emotions. His voice gave his feelings a meat the libretto tended not to provide." (Parterre Box, June 2013)
"It is always exciting to be present when a new star makes his or her entrance on the scene, and it was unmistakably clear that we were witnessing such an entrance. Daniel Montenegro is a perfectly phenomenal singer, and musician. The voice, it was evident at once, is gorgeous. Montenegro might be well termed a spinto tenor, for he blends the grace and delicacy of the lyric voice with something of the clarion firmness of a heroic tenor. A master of vocal coloration, he can shade his tone away in the most ravishing manner without losing strength of line. He has a sense of pathos, as well as a lively sense of humor." (Seen and Heard, July 2011)
"Daniel Montenegro sang well in the the role of Mario Ruoppolo with a fine clear lyrical tenor that befitted the role" (OperaJournal, July 2011)
"The letter scene from “Postino” was sung by baritone Vladimir Chernov, who was the postmaster in the production, and the outstanding young tenor Daniel Montenegro (accompanied by pianist Nino Sanikidze). It had an autumnal quality now that we know the opera to be Catán’s last work." (LA Times, May 2011)
"Nadine Sierra and tenor Daniel Montenegro reminded an enraptured audience of what real romantic fervor sounds like." (San Francisco Chronicle)
The pair's magnificent rendition of the Act 4 duet from Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette" was a stirring capstone to the Grand Finale concert of the San Francisco Opera Center's summer program. The three-hour showcase, conducted by Dean Williamson and directed with winning tact by Ted Huffman, turned a revealing light on the 25 young artists in this year's crop." (San Francisco Chronicle, August 2010)