Daniel Carter

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In the 2023/24 season Daniel Carter will make his debuts at the Vienna State Opera (Die Zauberflöte) and at Malmö Opera for a new production of Turandot. He returns to the Deutsche Oper Berlin with a new production of John Adams’ Nixon in China and has been invited to return to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, as well as making his debut with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. 

Daniel Carter is Generalmusikdirektor of Landestheater Coburg, one of the youngest Generalmusikdirektors in Germany and the youngest in the history of the house. Most recently in Coburg he has conducted numerous symphonic programs as well as Siegfried, Die Götterdämmerung and Die Walküre (as a continuation of the complete Coburger Ring), La damnation de Faust, Der goldene Hahn, The Rake’s Progress, L’Heure Espagnole and L’Enfant et les sortileges.  He has also debuted with the Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipzig conducting Siegfried, at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro conducting Il Viaggio a Reims, in addition to La Bohème in Meiningen, Pelléas et Mélisande in Bern, Die Entführung aus dem SerailCarmen, Die Fledermaus and Don Quichotteat the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Nixon in China at the Staatsoper Hannover and returns to the orchestra in Freiburg

In recent seasons he has given his Debuts at Oper Köln (La Bohème), and with the Münchener Kammerorchester, at Konzerttheater Bern (The Swiss Premiere of Kurt Weill’sLove Life andPelléas et Mélisande), Theater Trier (Hänsel und Gretel), Theater Erfurt (Die Zauberflöte), Carmen in Essen, The Magic Flute at the National Theatre in Mannheim, as well as with the Akademie of the Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

From 2019-2021 he was Kapellmeister at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he continues to be regularly invited and his repertoire there includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Bohème, The Tales of Hoffmann, Hänsel and Gretel and The Barber of Seville, Der fliegende Holländer, Turandot, Nabucco, La Traviata, Rigoletto and Die Fledermaus. During this period he also undertook a European tour with the Australian Youth Orchestra as Associate Conductor and also as conductor in Australia with the AYO’s Momentum Ensemble.

Daniel made his mainstage debut for Victorian Opera conducting the Australian premieres of Elliott Carter’s What Next? and Manuel de Falla’s El Retable de Maese Pedro, which resulted in return invitations to conduct El Gato con Botas, Rush Hour, the world premiere of Calvin Bowman’s The Magic Pudding (for which he was nominated a Green Room Award for Best Conductor) and performances of Victorian Opera’s Threepenny Opera at Sydney Theatre Company. He also assisted on Nixon in China (Adams) for Victorian OperaPrior to his debut with Victorian Opera, he was awarded the Susan Harley Living Bequest, which enabled him to travel to New York to study What Next? with the composer, Elliott Carter.

Daniel began his association with Opera Australia as Assistant Conductor on Così fan tutte and Aida, and as conductor on the Opera Australia 2013 Tour of Don Giovanni. He has also conducted Sydney Symphony Orchestra; the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (as part of the Young Performers’ Awards Grand Final); the Melbourne and Sydney Festivals, including performances of Pierrot Lunaire with soloist Merlyn Quaife at the Melbourne Recital Centre, and Melbourne Youth Music and Willoughby Symphony

While assistant to Simone Young and resident repetiteur at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, his performances included Die Zauberflöte, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and a double bill for the Opera Studio of In the Locked Room (Watkins) and Persona (Langemann).

Following his engagement in Hamburg, Daniel conducted Carmen and a premiere season of Gluck’s Orphee for Theater Freiburg, Germany, which led to his appointment in 2015 as First Kapellmeister. During his Freiburg engagement he conducted The Makropulos Case, the world premieres of Crusades (Vollmer) and Kaspar Hauser (Thomalla), L’Elisir d’AmoreCosì fan tutteCendrillon (Massenet)Mefistofele (Boito), I Gioielli della Madonna (Wolf-Ferrari), and Philharmonic Orchestral concerts for the company, as well as Il Trovatore in Winterthur, Switzerland. 

Daniel Carter graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) having studied Composition and Piano. In 2012, he won the Brian Stacey Memorial Award for Emerging Conductors after completing a two year period as a Developing Artist Conductor/Repetiteur with Victorian Opera. A graduate of the Symphony Services International Core Conductors Program, he worked with the symphony orchestras in Queensland, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth, Sydney and Auckland and also taught at Symphony Services International as part of the Scholar Conductors Program.


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“Just as distinctive, and uninterested in gesture its own sake, is Daniel Carter’s conducting. In nine years of covering productions at Malmö Opera, I have never heard the company deliver this level of musical sophistication. The orchestra sounds silken, luminous, burnished and also faultless - never overblown but always yearning, something different from Pappano’s sense of ceremony but aligned with his ability to calm or enliven a phrase, to temper the musical heartbeat. The extended chorus sounds just as articulate and supple, tracked by the slow twisting of knobs in the lighting booth (Ellen Ruge did the designs).”

Andrew Mellor

"Under the accomplished direction of 1st Kapell-master Daniel Carter the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra negotiated the different styles and changes of mood effortlessly.”

"Conductor Daniel Carter makes an auspicious mainstage debut, leading the redoubtable Orchestra Victoria in a confident, unflustered manner. Carter’s management of the orchestra, six singers and four percussionists on stage in What Next? is quite extraordinary."

"All of the musicians negotiated a rich and complex score [Elliott Carter What Next?] under the expert guidance of Daniel Carter with considerable finesse."

Heather Leviston

"The entire performance exhibited a high level of professionalism, with fine conducting of Orchestra Victoria by Daniel Carter."

Peter Burch

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