As a poet, lyricist, librettist and playwright, Daniel is a frequent collaborator on opera, chamber music, song projects and multimedia works for stage.
Daniel is the librettist of the new American chamber opera Independence Eve, in collaboration with Sidney Boquiren, which has been in development with American Opera Projects since 2012. Following the success of two workshop sessions at Adelphi University and Harlem School of the Arts, Independence Eve is poised to make its much anticipated 2016 world premiere with the continued mentorship of American Opera Projects.
Other libretti by Daniel include a previous collaboration with Sidney Boquiren, Odes to Earth and Air, which was presented in 2010 at Adelphi University; and Mercury Falling with composer Chandler Carter, which made its world premiere at the 2009 Long Leaf Opera Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina to critical acclaim. He is currently at work on two more opera collaborations: a monodrama entitled A Farewell based on the Arthur Schnitzler short story “Ein Abschied” with composer Nicholas Asioti, and a biographical work And Here We Are with Matthew Welch and his group, Experiments in Opera.
As a lyricist, Daniel is at work on a trilogy of “Urban Cantatas,” the first two of which have been premiered: BQE with music by Robinson McClellan (for the 2012 Queens New Music Festival), and Bruce Bailey with music by Daniel Felsenfeld (for the 2014 BEAT Festival, commissioned by Two Sides Sounding). Plans for the third cantata are currently underway in collaboration with composer Alex Burtzos.
Song settings of Daniel’s poetry include Sandy Songs by Chandler Carter (Two Sides Sounding at ShapeShifter Lab); HAIKU-NYC by Ellen Mandel (BEAT Festival); The Gyre by Robinson McClellan (Queens New Music Festival); Metamorphosis by Scott Gendel (The Narkissos Project at The Tank); The Good Doctor Windhager by Ronnie Reshef (Winner: The Secret Opera Chamber Music Competition); and Summer, 1976 by Kim Sherman (QUBE String Quartet).
Daniel’s first play, The Interview, received a world premiere as part of the New York City’s 2011 New Works International Festival for Short Plays. He studied music, acting, theater stagecraft and creative writing at The Ohio State University, University of Michigan and the Royal Academy of Music in the UK.