Daniel Curran has gained a reputation for his intensely intelligent performances in opera, theatre, and concert stages throughout the United States and internationally. His flexibility of style allows him to maneuver seamlessly into both crossover and session work and he prides himself in being musically diverse. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Mr. Curran recently completed two world premieres: Martin Hennessy and Stephen Kitsakos’ An Incident in Sutton Square with The Studios of Key West, and Ted Rosenthal's Dear Erich with New York City Opera.
Other notable recent engagements include Bernstein’s Mass at Lincoln Center, Georgia Shreve’s Alice in Wonderland - Images of Dali at Carnegie Hall, and the Jerry Herman Memorial at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater on Broadway. Past performances of note include Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale with Zomeropera, Belgium, Victor Frankenstein in Larsen's Franksenstein and Peter Quint in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with West Edge Opera; Tonio in Donizetti’s La fille du regiment with Pittsburgh Opera; Policeman in the world premier Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene with San Francisco Opera; Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and Electrician in Ades’ Powder Her Face with New York City Opera; Orphée in Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers with Gotham Chamber Opera; Ensemble in The Emmy-nominated performance of R&H's Carousel with Live From Lincoln Center, Ensemble in Loesser's Most Happy Fella with Encores! at New York City Center; Soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the National Chorale at Lincoln Center; Soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass at Carnegie Hall with the Masterwork Festival Chorus.
For as long as Daniel has performed, he has composed music. Raised in a musical family with a rock n’ roll guitarist father, a yodeling country singer grandmother, and a 1970s radio blasting mother, American music was the bedrock of Daniel’s childhood in a rural Idaho community. With country music as his foundation, Daniel taught himself to play piano and favored mimicking boogie woogie greats like Albert Ammon, Meade Lux Lewis, and Jerry Lee Lewis. He went on to study the French horn and classical voice, ultimately being recruited to Chapman Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School.
A true cinephile, Daniel’s passion has always been film and television scores. He is inspired most by Elfman, Williams, Alan Silvestri, Newman, and James Newton Howard, often losing time poring over their scores and composition techniques. Most recently Daniel has focused primarily on scoring for film and television, including assisting on cues in the Woody Allen film Rifkin's Festival as well as several compositions published with Twisted Jukebox in the UK, ScoreKeepers in LA, and Earmotion in Germany. Daniel works across Logic Pro and Pro Tools utilizing his innate musicality to compose, engineer, orchestrate, and arrange a wide spectrum of solo and collaborative creations.
Daniel deftly blends his affinity for live instruments with digital samples, creating rich layers of sound that excite and delight. Years of performing as an instrumentalist and as a singer with a live orchestra add vibrance to Daniel’s compositions and impart on him the importance of dramaturgy when adapting his music to actors’ performances. His connection to each unique instrument allows him to weave their combined sounds into a cohesive tapestry. With a heightened sense of musical dexterity, Daniel draws from his upbringing for an Americana, Copland-inspired nostalgic sound just as easily as he creates dynamic popular themes.