Daniel Weeks maintains an active performing career while being a member of the voice faculty at the University of Louisville.  He is very excited to announce the release of his Centaur Records CD with pianist, Naomi Oliphant entitled, Women of Firsts (see reviews).  This past season, he performed Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Bozeman Symphony, and at Avery Fisher Hall with the National Chorale.  He recently sang Handel’s Messiah with the Indianapolis Symphony, Bach’s Magnificat with the Houston Symphony, sang the role of Curley in Carlyle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men with the Kentucky Opera. He also sang Bach’s Easter Oratorio and Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Winter Park Bach Festival, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Columbus Symphony, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Huntsville Symphony.  He also gave recitals and master classes at SUNY Fredonia, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Ohio State University, and Ohio University (Athens).  He joined his university of Louisville colleagues, Bruce Heim, French horn, and Naomi Oliphant, piano, in the premiere of Van Gogh’s Flowers,  written for the trio by composer Marc Satterwhite.

    Recent appearances include the Houston Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Louisville Bach Society, and the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall.  In September 2008, he stepped in to sing Count Almaviva for Mercury Opera’s Il barbiere di Siviglia (see poster).  During that year he performed Handel’s Messiah  with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the world premiere of Lincoln at Ease, by Peter Schickele with the Louisville Orchestra, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, with the Akademicki Zespół Muzyczny in Gliwice, Poland, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall (in May), and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, at Carnegie Hall with John Rutter and Mid-America Productions. 

    In January 2008, he and pianist Naomi Oliphant toured Poland and the Czech Republic with their recital entitled, “Women of Firsts,” (see poster), while supporting the University of Louisville Opera Department’s joint production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, with the Szymanowsky Akademy of Music in Katowice, Poland.  In 2007, he sang the role of Reverend John Rankin in the Cincinnati Opera’s world premiere of Rise for Freedom: The John P. Parker Story, Father Confessor in Kentucky Opera’s production of Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Count Almaviva with the Belleayre Music Festival’s Il barbiere di Siviglia.

    Mr. Weeks has sung with opera companies including the Cincinnati Opera, Florentine Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Kentucky Opera, Nevada Opera, and San Francisco’s Western Opera Theater among others.  As a concert performer, the symphonies he has performed with include;  the Houston Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony,  the Columbus Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Florida Orchestra, the Kentucky Symphony, the Xalapa Symphony (Mexico), and the National Youth Orchestra of Caracas, Venezuela.  In 1999, he was a national finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Competition.  In 2000, the Marilyn Horne Foundation presented him in his New York debut recital.   For the next three years, he and pianist, Donna Loewy, traveled the country performing recitals and residencies for the foundation and for NFMC.  Mr. Weeks is committed to teaching and performing and is a passionate advocate for Art Song recitals.  He resides in Kentucky with his wife and two sons. 

            In September, 2009, Mr. Weeks was honored with the 2nd Annual ENCORE AWARD given by his alma mater, Belmont University.  This award honors classical music alumni.    (see right)

    After receiving a Women’s Studies Grant from the University of Louisville, and generous funding from the Kaprálová Foundation, Daniel Weeks and Naomi Oliphant recorded their lecture recital entitled Women of Firsts.  This CD showcases songs by Amy Beach,

Vítězslava Kaprálová, Grażyna Bacewicz, and Lili Boulanger.

    In January, 2008, Weeks and Oliphant performed the recital in Poland and the Czech Republic, visiting the graves of Kaprálová and Janácek.

    In March 2008, Mr. Weeks returned to Poland to perform Rossini’s Stabat Mater in Gliwice.  (See poster).

         The CD was reviewed by Gregory Berg  in the NATS Journal of Singing (Volume 66 No.2, November/December 2009).   (see review)

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