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Born Lyndon, Kansas,: 18 October 1930.

American baritone.

Barry McDaniel trained initially in New York (at the Juilliard School), then moved to Germany. He continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart. Throughout his career he was a noted recitalist, both in Europe and in the USA.

McDaniel spent his entire singing career based in Germany, contracted to various opera houses, firstly Mainz, then Stuttgart and Karlsruhe. In 1962 he settled in Berlin, remaining a member of the Deutsche Oper for the rest of his career. Guest appearances took him to the USA (Metropolitan) as well as to Munich and Vienna. His baritone always retained an attractively lyrical quality which was ideal for Mozart and many twentieth century works, particularly by Richard Strauss, notably as Olivier in Capriccio. He was also an excellent Pelléas.

McDaniel created a number of roles in newly commissioned pieces with the Berlin company, including Sir Edgar's Secretary in Henze's comedy Der Junge Lord, premiered in 1965 and brought to London (Sadler's Wells) in 1969. He also created the Count in Reimann's second opera Melusine, making his only appearance in Edinburgh in 1971.

Roles in Scotland

Count von Lusignan
Melusine 1971

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