Biography E-mail

 

With a collective 25 years in drama, musical theatre, circus arts, and as an emcee, Mr. Quintana has established himself as a prodigious actor with both a formidable stage presence and brilliant comedic timing. In the American Premiere of Mercadante's "I Due Figaro" (Amore Opera), New York Times reviewer Zachery Woolfe called him "smooth and savvy".  He has performed some of the most demanding roles of the baritone repertoire including Manfredo in "L'Amore dei Tre Re" (Bleecker Street Opera), Marcello (Opera Las Vegas), Valentin in "Faust (Regina Opera of Brooklyn)**, the title role of "Gianni Schicchi" (Opera BelCantanti)*, Smirnov in William Walton's "The Bear" (Chelsea Opera)***, Guardia/Prete/Cardinale for the world premiere of Cilluffo's "Il Caso Mortara" (Dicapo Opera), Count Gil in "Il Segreto di Susanna" (Opera Manhattan), Mr. Maguire in Picker's "Emmeline" (Dicapo Opera/cover).

 

* "Daniel Quintana, with his lustrous, deep-blue baritone, was commanding as the swindling Schicchi"

-Thomas Huizenga, The Washington Post (Fall 2010)

"Daniel Quintana as Gianni Schicchi has a sense of comic timing that is usually inborn. For much of Puccini’s short opera, Quintana is effectively the still point at the center of the turning wheel, diabolically cunning and rationally focused on the game to be played..."

-www.allartsreview4u.com, Stephen Neal Dennis (Fall 2010)

** “"One would be remiss not to mention the penetrating but smooth lyrical lines of Mr. Quintana as Valentin."
Rorianne Schrade, New York Concert Review (Summer 2009)

**“ The charismatic baritone Daniel Quintana was a genuine find as Smirnov, the "bear" of the title. His voice is juicy and resonant... and his personality jumps off the stage. His diction is very clear, and his dramatic instincts are right on target”
-Eli Jacobson, Gay City News (December 2008)

“Quintana delivered a rich baritone in the evening’s melodramatic comedy, and his humorous facial expressions and gestures as the arrogant Smirnov had the audience laughing.”
-Destination: Chelsea