Baritone Daniel Collins has performed at Carnegie Hall and with the Metropolitan Opera chorus in New York City. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas and earned both his Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in Vocal Performance from Florida State University. Dr. Collins was a finalist in the Dallas and El Paso Opera Guild Competitions, the NATS Singer of the Year Competition, and the NATSAA National Competition. He has performed in opera, concerts, and recitals throughout the United States and as a soloist at some of the most prestigious churches and synagogues in New York City and Washington, D.C. Dr. Collins was described by Tim Page with the Washington Post as a “funny, exuberant, and enormously likable” Papageno during Summer Opera Theater’s performance of The Magic Flute. The Post also celebrated him in Opera Theater of Northern Virginia’s The Barber of Seville as a “bright and bouncy” Figaro who delivered his lines with “aplomb.” He was a young artist in the studio programs of Portland Opera, Kentucky Opera, and El Paso Opera.
Dr. Collins has sung the roles of Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Sid in Albert Herring, Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro and in The Barber of Seville, Papageno in Die Zauberflӧte, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Jupiter in Orphée aux enfers, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Schaunard in La Bohème, Clayton McAllister in Cold Sassy Tree, the Clock in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, the Mandarin in Turandot, and Haushofmeister in the world premiere of Dorian Gray. Dr. Collins has had the pleasure of singing in the choruses of the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, and Fort Worth Opera. He has performed roles with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Kentucky Opera, El Paso Opera, Summer Opera Theater, Bel Cantanti Opera, Amarillo Opera, Crested Butte Opera, Portland Opera To Go, Opera Southwest, Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, Concert Royal, Ash Lawn Opera, Bay View Music Festival, and Seagle Music Colony.
Dr. Collins maintains a private voice studio at the National Opera Center in New York City where he teaches singers of all skill levels including those who perform on Broadway and at the Metropolitan Opera. He has a passion for vocal instruction and is dedicated to the success of each individual student. Dr. Collins keeps an active record of each student’s progress, vocal exercises, repertoire, performances, and personal goals. He is a member of the College Music Society, the American Guild of Musical Artists, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Opera America.
Professionalism and knowledge.
Dr. Dan Collins is a fantastic teacher. He offers both encouragement and constructive insights. I feel this balance is key to keeping lessons fun, as well as leaving room for growth. He has tremendous expertise, and a really great way of explaining vocal technique that's easy to remember & practice on your own. Super proud to be one of his monthly students!
I've studied with Dan for several years now and the experience has been nothing but positive. While Dan is classically trained and oriented himself, he has respect for other genres of music and is committed to helping you to find the singing style that best suits the material. The atmosphere of the lessons is positive and relaxed which is a great way to learn. In addition to working on technique, Dan encourages taking joy in the pure act of singing and bringing that into your songs.
I have been working with Dan since 2011, and I really can't give him enough credit for how much he's helped me grow as a singer and an artist. His technical knowledge is outstanding, but he doesn't apply a one-size-fits-all approach--he really seems to know how to alter the lesson based on the student's voice, skill level, and state of mind during the lesson. He cares a lot about his students, and that's why I've continued to seek him out over the last six years. I highly recommend him to those at any level, from beginner to advanced, who want to improve their craft.
My lessons are fun, engaging and productive. We will work together to improve your:
*passaggio (your "passage" to high notes and ability to regularly achieve them)
*jaw, neck, shoulder and/or tongue tension
BM in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas
MM in Vocal Performance from Florida State University
DM in Vocal Performance from Florida State University
$40 for 30 minutes
$60 for 45 minutes
$75 for 60 minutes
Dr. Collins maintains a private voice studio at the National Opera Center in New York City where he teaches singers of all skill levels including those who perform on Broadway and at the Metropolitan Opera.
I made my Carnegie Hall solo debut last fall with the American Symphony Orchestra in a concert presentation of Strauss' Friedenstag. It was an absolutely unforgettable experience.
Trust, good communication and rapport are vital for the successful partnership of mentor and pupil.
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