Daniel Carter 
Associate Conductor 

Daniel Carter graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) having studied Composition and Piano. In 2012, he won the Brian Stacey Memorial Award for Emerging Conductors after completing a two year period as a Developing Artist Conductor/Repetiteur with Victorian Opera. A graduate of the Symphony Services International Core Conductors Program, he worked with the symphony orchestras in Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth, Sydney and Auckland and also taught at Symphony Services International as part of the Scholar Conductors Program.

Daniel made his mainstage debut for Victorian Opera conducting the Australian premieres of Elliott Carter’s What Next? and Manuel de Falla’s El Retable de Maese Pedro, which resulted in return invitations to conduct El Gato con Botas, Rush Hour, the world premiere of Calvin Bowman’s The Magic Pudding (for which he was nominated a Green Room Award for Best Conductor) and performances of Victorian Opera’s Threepenny Opera at Sydney Theatre Company. He also assisted on Nixon in China (Adams) for Victorian Opera. Prior to his debut with Victorian Opera, he was awarded the Susan Harley Living Bequest, which enabled him to travel to New York to study What Next? with the composer, Elliott Carter.

Daniel began his association with Opera Australia as Assistant Conductor on Così fan tutte and Aida, and as conductor on the Opera Australia 2013 Tour of Don Giovanni. He has also conducted for the Sydney Symphony Education program; the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (as part of the Young Performers’ Awards Grand Final); the Melbourne and Sydney Festivals, including performances of Pierrot Lunaire with soloist Merlyn Quaife at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne Youth Music and Willoughby Symphony.

While assistant to Simone Young and resident repetiteur at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, his performances included Die Zauberflöte, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and a double bill for the Opera Studio of In the Locked Room (Watkins) and Persona (Langemann).

Following his engagement in Hamburg, Daniel conducted Carmen, Iphigenie en Tauride (Gluck) and a premiere season of Gluck’s Orphee for Theater Freiburg, Germany, which led to his appointment in 2015 as First Kapellmeister. Since then he has conducted The Makropulos Case, the world premieres of Crusades (Vollmer) and Kaspar Hauser (Thomalla), L’Elisir d’Amore, Cosi fan tutte, Cendrillon (Massenet), Mefistofele (Boito), I Gioielli della Madonna (Wolf-Ferrari), and Philharmonic Orchestral concerts for the company, as well as Il Trovatore in Winterthur, Switzerland.

Daniel made his debut at Cologne Opera in 2016 conducting a series of performances of La Bohème, followed by his debut with the Münchener Kammerorchester, Hansel and Gretel and a Symphony Concert in Trier and in 2017, Carmen in Essen.

Daniel has conducted both the Sydney and Queensland Symphony Orchestras and the Australian Youth Orchestra and returned to Australia in 2016 and 2017 to conduct the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and will do so again this year. Other 2018 engagements include his debut with the Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks Akademie in Munich and The Tales of Hoffmann, Katja Kabanova, La Bohème, Angels in America (Eötvös), Love Life (also for the Opera House in Bern, Switzerland) and concert programmes in Frieburg.