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The tenor Daniel Behle, who was born in 1974, initially studied school music, trombone, and composition. He then took up voice lessons with his mother, the soprano Renate Behle, and the tenor James Wagner. In 2003 he began his career as part of the Oldenburg Staatstheater ensemble, moving to the Vienna Volksoper in 2005 and Oper Frankfurt in 2007. Since 2010 Behle has been a freelance artist, singing at the Vienna, Munich, and Berlin Staatsoper companies; Opéra National de Paris; the Grand Théâtre de Genève; and the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. In 2014 he appeared as Matteo in Strauss’s Arabella at the Salzburg Easter Festival; he has also sung Belmonte in Mozart’s Entführung at the Festival of
Aix-en-Provence. And it was in another Mozart role, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, that he made his debut at the Royal Opera House in London in the fall of 2016. Behle performed his first Wagner role in 2015, when he sang Erik in Der fliegende Holländer at Oper Frankfurt; in the summer of 2017 he will make his Bayreuth Festival debut as David in Die Meistersinger. He will also sing in Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with the Berlin Philharmonic in the fall of 2017. Daniel Behle is a sought-after lieder singer who has appeared at the Schubertiade, the Schwetzingen Festival, the Strauss Festival in Garmisch, and Wigmore Hall in London; he has also recorded several lieder CDs, including his own arrangement of Schubert’s Winterreise, which he recorded with the Schnyder Trio. It was with this ensemble that he released his most recent CD, Mein Hamburg, in October 2016: an homage to his native city featuring world-famous hits and his own songs. As a composer he has also published a cycle of lieder by Ringelnatz, which he has performed at the Beethoven House in Bonn.