Tenor Daniel Szeili was born in Rosenheim, Germany, and studied Theater and Music Sciences at Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. From 1999 to 2002, he studied at the Internationales Studienzentrum für Oper (international study centre for opera) in Kirchbach, Austria, where he trained extensively in German and Italian Opera. He completed further vocal studies in Vienna and Berlin. Since summer 2011, he has studied with Inci Paige-Bashar in Kansas City, USA.
Daniel Szeili began his professional career in 2006 guesting at the Kammeroper Wien, at the Freies Landestheater Bayern and at the Teatro Puccini in Merano, Italy. He sang the world premiere of Jürgen Doetsch’s Die Schöpfungsgeschichte at the Tirolean Festival in Erl, Tirol. In March, he sang the part of Camille de Rosillon in The Merry Widow at the Theater in Balzers, Liechtenstein. In July of the same year, he made his debut as Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Heidenheimer Opernfestspielen, which he followed in November with his Italian debut at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, also as Tamino.
In 2007, Daniel Szeili appeared in the Cracow Opera House as Adam in The Bird Seller. He later debuted the role of Edwin in The Gypsy Princess at the Volkstheater, Rostock. He guested at Theater Lübeck in the German Premier of Norgard’s The Divine Circus), where he subsequently became a principal soloist in the fest ensemble. In the ensemble, he performed a wide variety of repertoire, including Jenik in Bartered Bride, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Belmonte in Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio, the title role in Idomeneo, Lenski in Eugene Onegin, Narraboth in Salome, The Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier, Sou-Chong in Land des Lächelns, Fenton in Falstaff and Macduff in Macbeth.
During his six years as principal tenor in Lübeck, Daniel Szeili sang in many festivals and opera houses in Europe. In 2008, he made his debut at the Stadttheater Bern in Switzerland singing once again in Norgard’s The Divine Circus. In 2009, he was invited to the Theatre of Bremen, to sing the role of Lenski in Eugene Onegin). In 2011, he made his debut at the Städtische Bühnen in Münster as Alfred in Die Fledermaus, and at the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca, Italy. In May 2013, he returned to Italy to make his debut at the Teatro Regio di Parma and at the Operafestival in Lugo in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.
In July 2013, he sang a Verdi Gala at the Festival Opening of the Emilia Romagna Festival in Imola, Italy. Recently, he made his role and house debut as Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata at the Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland, where he also performed Johan in Foroni’s Cristina, Regina di Svezia. Daniel Szeili has given concerts with leading orchestras including the Nürnberger Symphoniker, the Symphonie Orchestra Liechtenstein, the Festival Orchester Basel and the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini. Daniel Szeili is also acclaimed as a concert, oratorio and lieder singer. He has performed opera and operetta galas all over Europe, in venues such as the Concertgebouw Brügge, the Luxor Theatre Rotterdam, the Casino Saal in Basel, the Residenzplatz in Würzburg, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg and the Philharmonic Hall in Essen. His repertoire includes Mendelssohn Elijah, Mozart Requiem, Dvorak Requiem, Beethoven Missa solemnis and Choral Symphony and Schumann Dichterliebe.
In 2013, Daniel Szeili was awarded the Jürgen Fehling Förderpreis by the Gesellschaft der Theaterfreunde Lübeck e.V. for his artistic presence and his outstanding performance at Theater Lübeck.