Canadian countertenor Daniel Cabena makes his Pacific Opera Victoria debut as Lydie-Anne de Rozier in Les Feluettes. He created the role for the world première in Montreal and will reprise Lydie-Anne in October 2017 with Edmonton Opera.Daniel is highly regarded in both Canada and Europe for prize-winning performances ranging from baroque to contemporary repertoire.
He holds an Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Doctorate of Music from l’Université de Montréal. He was the 2012 recipient of the Virginia Parker Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts and recently completed a Master in Specialized Early Music Performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Switzerland.
European engagements for this exceptional artist include performances with Musica Fiorita, Ensemble Diapsalma, Le Concert Spirituel and the Schlossmediale Festival.
In Canada, Daniel has appeared as a soloist with Guelph Chamber Choir, Nota Bene Period Orchestra, Lamèque Baroque Festival and Prince Edward Island’s Indian River Festival. Daniel toured Canada with A Sanctuary in Song, a captivating recital of 20th Century English and Canadian song with pianist Stephen Runge.
At the forefront of Canada’s contemporary music scene, Daniel premiered L’horreur de constater qu’on nous oubliera, a song cycle for countertenor and orchestra (Stacey Brown/Bertrand Laverdure) with l’Orchestre de la Francophonie, and in 2016 starred in Air India: [Redacted] with Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble, based on the poetry of Renee Sarojini Saklikar, with Irish composer Jurgen Simpson.
Recent oratorio performances for Daniel include his debuts with the Newfoundland Symphony and the Victoria Symphony in Handel’s Messiah and Handel’s Dixit Dominus with the Grand Philharmonic Choir.
...both profoundly touching and utterly compelling... Daniel Cabena as Lydie-Anne ... his vocal poise and theatrical aplomb constantly rewarding.
Richard Turp, Opera Canada, Reivew of Review of Les Feluettes, Opéra de Montréal, 2016
...counter-tenor Daniel Cabena stood out even amid the general din of talent.
Lev Bratishenko, Montreal Gazette, Review of Dido and Aeneas with Les Violons du Roy