24-year-old Daniel Barrett is a baritone from Glasgow who has just completed his Masters course at the Royal College of Music – graduating with distinction – and studies with Russell Smythe. Daniel is delighted to be a Drapers de Turckheim Scholar and a Drake Calleja Trust Scholar.

Daniel is also an associate artist with the Josephine Baker Trust and a Samling Artist. He will be joining the RCM Opera Studio in September 2023.

His achievements include; the Molly Robb Award (2018), 2nd place in the Leonie Kayser Song Competition, winner in the Hugh S Robertson Memorial Award for Scots Song (2018/19), highly commended in the Elgar/Spedding Lieder competition (2021), and was one of 4 finalists in the
Governer’s Recital Prize (2021). In January 2022 Daniel won 1 st Prize at the RCM’s Lieder Competition, claiming the Ted Moss and Bertha Taylor-Sach Prize; he claimed 3rd Prize in RCM’s Brooks van der Pump English Song competition 2022 and, most recently, 3 rd Prize in the Lies Askonas Competition Finals 2023.

Since moving to London in September 2021, Daniel’s most notable engagement was the baritone solo in Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem”, performed by the RCM Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, under the baton of Thomas Zehetmair. He also performed Handel’s Messiah at the end of 2021 with the Orchestra of St. John’s in Oxford, conducted by John Lubbock. Notable engagements in 2022 include singing the Bass arias in Bach’s John Passion under the baton of Jeremy Summerly, and as a soloist in Bach’s Matthew Passion for the Tilford Bach Festival 2022, led by Adrian Butterfield.

Daniel is frequently performing around London and the southeast as a soloist for many choral societies in collaboration with the Josephine Baker Trust. Daniel was delighted to be an Atelier Lyrique singer at the Verbier Festival, where he was involved in numerous masterclasses with world-renowned artists. He also played the role of Sam in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera on the Verbier Festival main stage, alongside a stellar cast including current ROH artist Freddie de Tommaso, under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda.

In November 2022 Daniel performed the role of Jupiter in the Royal College of Music’s autumn opera production, Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld. This Spring Daniel performed the roles of the clock and the cat in the RCM’s double-bill of Ravel’s enfant et les sortilèges and Respighi’s La Bella Dormente nel Bosco and has recently performed the principal role of Belletti in RCM’s summer production of Libby Larsson’s opera, Barnum’s Bird. Daniel also performed Bartolo in France with Westminster opera in August 2023.

Daniel’s operatic experience includes; Guglielmo – Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, RCS opera scenes (2021); Dottore Malatesta – Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, RCM opera scenes (2022); Quince – Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, RCM opera scenes (2022); Steward cover – Dove’s Flight, RCM opera (2022); Jupiter – Offenbach’s Orpheus and the Underworld, RCM opera (2022); Clock and Cat  – Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges, RCM opera (2023); Belletti – Larson’s Barnum’s Bird, RCM Opera (2023); Bartolo – Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Westminster Opera (2023)