Dan D’Souza – Baritone

Biography

In 2024 Irish-British baritone Dan D’Souza covers Scarpia Tosca while singing Keeper of the Madhouse The Rake’s Progress and Angelotti Tosca for The Grange Festival. Other recent roles include Flemish Deputy Don Carlo (Royal Opera House), Boatswain (cover) HMS Pinafore (English National Opera), Schaunard La bohème (Mid Wales Opera), Silvio Pagliacci (Iford Arts New Generation), Trinculo La Tempesta (Wexford Festival Opera), Riff West Side Story (Edinburgh International Festival) and Cirillo/Boroff Fedora, Rabbit Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Ebn-Hakia Iolanta (If Opera).

Dan was educated at Tiffin Boys School, the University of Cambridge, the Royal College of Music, and the Royal Academy Opera where he performed Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Papageno Die Zauberflöte, and Aeneas Dido and Aeneas.

A keen performer of new music, Dan has created the roles of Crane Powder Down (Shadwell Opera), Mohammed Nobody/Somebody (Northern Ireland Opera), Beast Beauty and the Seven Beasts (Opera Story), Himself Liminal (Kings Head Theatre), Hendrik Christian Andersen The Master (Wexford Festival Opera), and Cow Bel and the Dragon (Tete a Tete).

Frequently in demand on the concert stage, his oratorio roles include Mendelssohn Elijah, Verdi Requiem, Haydn Creation, Handel Messiah, Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, Orff Carmina Burana, Bach St John Passion, Bach St Matthew Passion, and the Requiems of Mozart, Brahms, Duruflé, and Fauré. Notable concert performances include High Priest in Handel Semele at the Paris Philharmonie, Christus in the St John Passion and Mozart Requiem for Huddersfield Choral Society, Monteverdi Vespers at Cadogan Hall, Handel Messiah for Neville Holt Opera, Mendelssohn Elijah at West Road Concert Hall, and Christus St Matthew Passion at the National Concert Hall Dublin.

As a recitalist, Dan performs varied and creative programmes of lesser known and new songs. He is the 2018 winner of both the Dame Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition and the Royal College of Music Lieder Competition. He is a laureate for the 2023 Académie Orsay-Royaumont performing in Paris with Dylan Perez, and performed Winterreise at the St Magnus International Festival with the Ragazze Quartet.

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Video

YouTube Playlist includes:

  • Se vuol ballare, Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart
  • È sogno? O realtà, Falstaff, Verdi
  • La banca di Francia, La bohème, Puccini
  • Or dove fuggo io mai… Ah per sempre! I Puritani, Bellini
  • E fra quest’ansie, Pagliacci, Leoncavallo
  • O Helen, goddess, nymph, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Britten

Reviews

“Dan D’Souza is a charismatic Escamillo; anyone would fall for that beguiling baritone”

The Stage

“Impressively charismatic”

The Times

“Dan D’Souza intoned Death’s doom-laden utterances with an appropriately saturnine baritone”

Opera Magazine

Photos

Credit: Benjamin Youd
Credit: Robert Workman
Credit: Benjamin Youd