DANIEL LICHTI BASS-BARITONE
Daniel Lichti’s extreme straightforwardness as a singer should in no way be seen as a shortcoming. His warm, smoothly produced and sympathetic baritone is an attractive natural instrument, and one which the artist puts intelligently at the service of the music he sings.
Urjo Kareda – Classical Music MagazineListen to Daniel’s newest recording
Acclaimed as one of Canada’s finest concert and oratorio singers, Bass-baritone Daniel Lichti continues to perform worldwide. Approaching 50 years of professional life, since beginning his career at the 1974 Stratford Festival, he has bowed with the Canadian Opera Company, Landestheater Detmold, at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, L’Opéra de Montréal, Opéra de Québec, Opera Atelier, Edmonton Opera and Opera Hamilton. Mr. Lichti has been a frequent performer with Toronto’s Opera in Concert, sings regularly at several North American Choral Festivals, and his concerts have been heard on the CBC, BBC, and NPR networks. From 1998 – 2017 he served as Associate Professor and Coordinator of Voice for the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Highlights of past seasons include a Proms Concert at Royal Albert Hall in a premiere performance of Libby Larsen’s I It Am (a co-commission by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and the BBC), the world premiere of Ruth Fazal’s deeply moving Oratorio Terezin in Toronto, performances with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem of Bach’s Mass in B minor at King’s College, the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Usher Hall in Edinburgh, at St. Albans Organ Festival, the Hercules Saal in Munich as well as at the Kennedy Center and at Carnegie Hall in celebration of the Centenary of its first North American performance. Concerts and an acclaimed video recording with Bach specialist Helmuth Rilling and the Bach Akademie of Stuttgart, as well as concerts with the Bach Aria Group and the Washington Bach Consort are also among his credits.
Mr. Lichti has been a frequent guest artist at major North American Bach Festivals, notably The Bach Festival in Bethlehem, PA, the Carmel Bach Festival, Baldwin-Wallace Festival in Berea, Ohio, Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival and the Oregon Bach Festival. In 2012 he appeared with the Tilford Bach Society in England for their Diamond Jubilee. He has performed in concert with the Symphony Orchestras of San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Vancouver, Cleveland, Edmonton, Quebec City, Winnipeg, Kitchener-Waterloo and Newark; with Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Canadian Chambre Ensemble, Theatre of Early Music, Philharmonia Baroque of San Francisco, Les Violons du Roy and Tafelmusik.
A popular recitalist and acclaimed Lieder singer, Mr. Lichti has sung Schubert’s Winterreise at Washington’s National Gallery, for Festival Canada and for the International Chamber Music Festival in Ottawa, for national broadcast on the CBC, at the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival in Virginia, for Temple Square Concerts in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Valletta, Malta, in Israel, Paris, and Lyon, France; in Vienna; Hagen, Germany; Victoria, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Quebec City and most recently, St. Petersburg, Russia. His recording of this song cycle with colleague Leslie De’Ath was released by ANALEKTA. A new arrangement of the song cycle, with string quartet, led to 2019 performances with the Penderecki String Quartet at Wilfrid Laurier University’s annual Quartetfest, at the Elora Festival, and in Toronto.
Known as a lively and highly engaging teacher, Mr.Lichti is often invited to conduct Master Classes. He has been a guest teacher in Valletta, Malta, at Rollins College in Winterpark, Florida, at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, the 2012 Summer Academy of Chamber Music in Osnabrück, the 2013 Institute for European Studies in Vienna, and, in 2014, at Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea, Ohio as well as at Tapei’s National University of the Arts and the Music Department of Tunghai University in Taiwan. From 2013 to 2019 he was a member of the Faculty at the Académie Internationale de musique de Lyon, and since 2022 he has taught and performed at the Académie Internationale de Musique de Paris, and at Musiktage am Rhein.
Discography: Fans of the many recitals given by Mr. Lichti — together with mezzo soprano Catherine Robbin and pianist Leslie De’Ath — were delighted with their 2010 release of Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch on ANALEKTA. Earlier recordings by Mr. Lichti include Songs of Hugo Wolf, nominated for a Juno Award, two recordings of Bach Cantatas and the Mass in B minor with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem (all on the Dorian label), Sony’s The Gift of Messiah, and two CDs of Lieder by Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms with pianist Janina Fialkowska on the Opening Day label. A Centaur Records recording of baroque gems, The Soulful Bach & Telemann, features Mr. Lichti with the American early music ensemble “Olde Friends”. Other recordings with the Ottawa Bach Choir, and a 2009 ANALEKTA release with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem have added to his extensive discography.
Mr. Lichti was featured as one of a panel of four judges and coaches for the second season of the successful Bathroom Divas reality TV series that aired on BRAVO-TV, winning a Gemini Award for Best Human Interest Series. In August 2017 he served on the jury of the International Mozart Competition Berlin.
Recent (pre-Covid) performance highlights include Bach Cantatas with Theatre of Early Music in Toronto, a repeat performance of Zachary Wadsworth’s The Temple along with Bach’s Magnificat with Spiritus Ensemble in Kitchener, the Bass arias in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Grand Philharmonic Choir and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony under Mark Vuorinen, the world premiere of Ruth Fazal’s Jerusalem with the North Bay Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Jones, the Fauré Requiem at the Notre Dame Basilica in Lyon under Bernard Tétu, and the role of Bartolo in concert performances of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa under Alexander Shelley. A 2020 concert tour of Ruth Fazal’s new oratorio, Ezekiel – Out of Exile to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa was postponed. Mr. Lichti, singing the Voice of God, recorded the oratorio in Bratislava in September 2017.
Recent and Upcoming Concerts
March 2022, Requiem by Duruflé, Messiah, Part 2, G.F. Handel, with the Bach Choir and
Orchestra of Bethlehem, PA, under Greg Funfgeld.
Summer 2022, faculty concerts in Paris at AIM-Paris, including excerpts from Hugo Wolf’s
Italienisches Liederbuch, and a performance of Ben Moore’s I’m Glad I’m Not a Tenor!
December 2022, Weihnachts Oratorium, Cantatas 1-3, J.S.Bach, with Spiritus Ensemble,
December 2022, Messiah, G.F. Handel, Symphony in the Barn, Durham and Hanover,
April 2023, The Age of the Heart, A song cycle in 5 movements, by Daniel Warren, Rose
Symphony Orchestra, Brampton, Ontario, world premiere performance, conducted by the
composer, Daniel Warren.
May 2023, Noon Hour concert series at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kitchener,
Ontario. The program included Opus 94, 1-5, Johannes Brahms, and Chansons de Don
Quichotte, Jacques Ibert.
July 2023, Faculty Concerts in Salle Cortot, Paris, with AIM-Paris, Opus 94, 1-5, Johannes
Brahms, Chansons de Don Quichotte, Jacque Ibert, and selected Lieder by Franz Schubert.
November 12, 2023, Bass Solo Cantatas, BWV 82, Ich habe genug, BWV 56, Kreuzstab, at
Metropolitan United Church, Toronto, under the direction of Jonathan Oldengarm, with
members of Tafelmusik.
March 29, 2024, Johannes Passion, J.S.Bach, with Grand Philharmonic Choir and
members of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Vuorinen, at
December 20, 2024, Christmas concert with Guelph Chamber Choir, directed by Charlene
Pauls, at River Run, Guelph, Ontario
THE CRITICS SAY …
Oratorio and Symphonic
Bach, J. S.
Mass in B minor
Johannes Passion, Arias and Christus
Matthäus Passion, Arias and Christus
Solo Cantatas BWV Nos. 56, 82, 158, 203
Extensive list of other Cantatas, too numerous to post
Symphony No. 9
Christus am Ölberge
L’Enfance du Christ
Roméo et Julliete
Ein Deutsches Requiem
Vier Ernste Gesänge (orchestrated by Malcolm Sargent)
Die Versuchung Jesus, op. 44
Dream of Gerontius
Israel in Egypt
Chansons de Don Quichotte
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Symphony No. 8
Die Erste Walpurgisnacht
Grand Mass in C minor
Masses in A major, C major, G major,
Dona Nobis Pacem
Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Five Mystical Songs
Songs of Travel
Jerusalem, New Composition by Canadian violinist/composer, Ruth Fazal, for Bass-baritone, Horn Solo and Strings, recorded with the Bratislava Radio Orchestra.
Behold, I tell you a Mystery….The Trumpet Shall Sound!, from “Messiah”, G.F. Handel
As God the Lord of Israel Liveth, from “Elijah” by Felix Mendelssohn
Was für ein Lied soll dir gesungen werden, from Italienisches Liederbuch by Hugo Wolf
Draw Near… Lord God of Abraham, from “Elijah” by Felix Mendelssohn
Quia fecit mihi magna, from “Magnificat” by J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Lass mein Herz die Munze sein, from BWV 163, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Hier ist das rechte Osterlamm, from BWV 4, J.S Bach
Sehnsucht nach der Waldgegend, from Zwölf Lieder Op.35, Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Take All the Prophets of Baal…, from “Elijah” by Felix Mendelssohn
Letzte Hoffnung, from Winterreise, Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Past Concerts in 2019
July 27, 2019, 1 p.m., Schubert’s “Winterreise” with the Penderecki String Quartet at the Elora Festival, St. Johns Church, Elora, Ontario.
July 30, 2019, 8 p.m., Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, at Basilique de Fourvière, conducted by Bernard Tétu, Festival de l’Académie Internationale d’été de musique de Lyon 2019.
July 31, 2019, 8:30 p.m., Grand Salon de l’Hôtel de Ville, Lyon, in recital with members of the Faculty of the Académie Internationale d’été de musique de Lyon.
June 7, 2019, 8 p.m., Schubert’s “Winterreise”, in the Canadian premiere of a new arrangement of this epic work with the Penderecki String Quartet. This will be the opening concert for Quartetfest in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall at Wilfrid Laurier University.
June 16, 2019, 3 p.m., concert with “Guys Who Sing” at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Kitchener, Ontario.
June 12 and 18, 2019, the role of Bartolo in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” with the National Arts Centre Orchestra under Alexander Shelley.
May 23, 2019, 1 p.m., Concert of Music and Songs composed by Michael Coghlan, piano, with Peggy Hills, violin, Ben Bolt-Martin, cello, and Leslie Fagan, soprano at the Port Credit Public Library, Ontario, sponsored by Mississauga Chamber Music Society.
April 13, 2019, world premiere of “Jerusalem” by Ruth Fazal, and Ravel’s “Don Quichotte a Dulcinee” with the North Bay Symphony Orchestra.
April 19, 2019, 7 p.m., St. Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach, with Grand Philharmonic Choir and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony under Mark Vuorinen at Centre in the Square, Kitchener, ON
Past Concerts in 2018
November 25, 2018, 2 p.m., repeat performance of Zachary Wadsworth’s “The Temple” with Bach’s Magnificat and BWV 140 with Spiritus Ensemble at St.John’ Anglican Church, Kitchener.
October 12, 2018, 7 p.m., Bach Cantata program with Theatre of Early Music at St. George’s Lutheran Church, Toronto
August 2, 2018, in concert with Academie de Fourviere, Hotel de Ville, Lyon, France.
July 12, 2018, “Winterreise”, Franz Schubert, with pianist, Irina Chukovskaya, in St. Petersburg, Russia.
May 6, 2018, “Messiah”, G.F. Handel, with WLU Alumni Choir, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kitchener. ON
March 30, 2018, Mass in B minor by J.S.Bach, conducted by Patricia Wright, Metropolitan United Church, Toronto, Ontario
March 31, 2018, Ein Deutsches Requiem, J. Brahms, with Guelph Chamber Choir and period orchestra, conducted by Gerald Neufeld, River Run, Guelph, Ontario
March 18, 2018, Art of Song concert, with pianist Nancy Sicsic, at Westminster United Church, Orangeville, Ontario
February 3, 2018, St. Matthew Passion, with Choeur Classiique, conducted by Louis Lavigueure, at Maison Symphonique, Montreal, Quebec.
Past Concerts in 2017
January 26, 2017, Canticle IV, Journey of the Magi, with tenor James McLean, Counter-tenor, Daniel Cabena, and pianist, Anna Ronai. Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music Noon Hour Concert series, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON.
March 25, 2017, St. John Passion, J.S. Bach, Menno Singers conducted by Peter Nikiforuk at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Kitchener, Ontario
March 31, 2017, St. John Passion, J. S. Bach, (in English), Guelph Chamber Choir with period orchestra, conducted by Gerald Neufeld, River Run, Guelph, Ontario
April 8, 9, 2017, St. Matthew Passion, J.S. Bach (in English), Quad City Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mark Russel Smith, Davenport, Iowa.
April 29, 30, 2017, The Apostles, Edward Elgar, (Canadian Premiere) Pax Christi Choir and Orchestra, conducted by Stephanie Martin, Grace Church-on-the-Hill, Toronto, Ontario.
May 12, 2017, Winterreise, Franz Schubert, with pianist Laetitia Bougnol, private house concert, Lyon, France
May 13, 2017, Winterreise, Franz Schubert, with pianist Laetitia Bougnol, Salle Debussy of the Conservatoire Regionale de Lyon, France.
May 28, 2017, Mörike Lieder, Hugo Wolf, (transcriptions) with Penderecki String Quartet, Quartetfest 2017, Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario
June 16, 2017, Vier Ernste Gesänge, J. Brahms, Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, conducted by Kenneth Nafziger, Harrisonburg, Virginia
June 17, 2017, Noon Recital series with pianist Clement Acevedo, Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, First Presbyterian Church, Harrisonburg, Virginia
June 18, 2017, Bach Magnificat, J.S. Bach, Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, Eastern Mennonite University Cantata Service, conducted by Kenneth Nafziger, Harrisonburg, Virginia
June 21, 2017, Mozart Requiem, W.A.Mozart, Brott Music Festival, conducted by Boris Brott, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Waterdown, Ontario
August 3, 6, 8 2017, in shared recitals at the Festival of the Academie de Fourviere, Hotel de Ville de Lyon, Parc de la Croix and Conservatoire de Lyon, France
September 7-10, 2017, “Ezekiel – Out of Exile”, new Oratorio by Ruth Fazal, and “Jerusalem” for Bass-baritone, Horn solo and Strings, by Ruth Fazal, recordings with Bratislava Radio Orchestra, conducted by Trevor Kirk, Bratislava, Slovakia.
October 1, 2017, Coffee Cantata, J.S. Bach with soprano Gillian Keith, period orchestra conducted by Christopher Dawes,Rosedale Presbyterian Church, Toronto, Ontario
October 14, 2017, Reformation Cantatas, BWV 79 and BWV 80, with Theatre of Early Music, conducted by Daniel Taylor, a celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation at St. George’s Lutheran Church, Toronto, Ontario
Past Concerts in 2016 and earlier
May 13, 14, 20 and 21, 2016, 109th Bethlehem Bach Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
May 27, 2016, E.E. Cummings Songs by Paul Nordoff (World premiere) at Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University.
June 9, 2016, Requiem by G. Verdi, Maison Symphonique, Montréal, with Choeur classique de Montréal, conducted by Louis Lavigueur, C.Q.
August 5, 2016, Winterreise, Franz Schubert, with pianist Laetitia Bougnol, Salle Debussy, Conservatoire de Lyon, Académie de Fourvière, France.
August 9, 2016, Lieder of Franz Schubert, Hôtel de Ville, Lyon, France, Festival de l’Académie de Fourvière.
September 10, 2016, performer for the live-streamed, cross-Canada concert in support of mental health awareness, “Mysterious Barricades: From Darkness into Light” at the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON.
September 16, 2016, Winterreise by Franz Schubert with pianist, Leslie De’Ath at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Quebec City.
February 12, Masterclasses, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at University of Alberta.
February 11, 8 p.m., concert in Convocation Hall, Arts Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
February 10, 4 p.m., Recital for Music Majors at Trinity Western University, Langley, B.C.
February 6, 8 p.m., concert at Bakerview Church, Abottsford, B.C., produced by Calvin Dyck
February 5, 2:30-3:30, Masterclass: Piano/Voice Song Collaboration
February 4, 8 p.m., concert in Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, McLaurin Building, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C.
January 31, 2016, 2:30 p.m., concert for Prairie Performances, in the Muriel Richardson Auditorium
January 29, 2016, 2:45-4:30 p.m., Masterclass at Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, MA
January 28, 2016, 5-7 p.m., Masterclass at Brandon University, Brandon, MA
December 30, 2015, Winterreise, Franz Schubert, with pianist Roland Proell, Hagen, Germany
December 13, 14, 2015, Messiah with Peterborough Singers, conducted by Syd Birrel
October 25, 2015, 3:00 p.m. Matinee performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Grand Philharmonic
Choir, conducted by Mark Vuorinen, at Centre in the Square, Kitchener, Ontario.
August 6, 2015, Lieder by Hugo Wolf with pianist Laetitia Bougnol, Hôtel de Ville, Lyon, France
Festival of the Académie de Fourvière, Lyon, France.
July 18, 2015, 8 p.m., South Huron Recreation Centre, Exeter, Ontario
The St. Matthew Passion, J.S. Bach, Bass arias for the Bach Music Festival of Canada, conducted by Gerald Fagan.
January 28, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.
Tribute Communities Recital Hall at York University, Toronto.
December 6, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Handel’s Messiah with the Grand Philharmonic Choir and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra at Centre in the Square, Kitchener, ON
December 1, 2014 8:00 p.m.
Gala Performance, 40th Anniversary of Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society, Waterloo ON Samuel Barber’s Dover Beach with the Penderecki String Quartet.
November 30, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
Gala Performance, Samuel Barber’s Dover Beach with the Penderecki String Quartet. Hamilton, ON
November 15, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Brahms, Ein Deutsches Requiem with Mennonite Mass Choir, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Kitchener, ON
October 25 8:00 p.m.
Mahler’s Rueckert Lieder with the Wilfrid Laurier University Symphony Orchestra at WLU, Waterloo, ON
October 9, 2014, 12:00 p.m.
Noon hour recital series at Wilfrid Laurier University. Songs of Michael Coghlan and Roger Quilter.
September 16, 17, and 18, 2014
Performances of Bach’s “Coffee Cantata” with Nota Bene Baroque Players in their Mentorship Program for students interested in period performance practice. Performances were given in New Hamburg, Kitchener, and at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario.
October 27, 2016, Liederbuch des Hafis, Opus 30 by Viktor Ullmann, 1898-1944, with pianist, Anna Ronai, Canadian premiere, Noon Hour Concert Series at Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON.
December 17, 2016, Messiah, G.F. Handel, with Guelph Chamber Choir and Period Orchestra, conducted by Gerald Neufeld, River Run Concert Hall, Guelph, ON.
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