Dan K. Kurland begins as Studienleiter und Solorepetitor mit Dirigierverpflichtung at Die Oper of Bühnen Halle in August 2021. Previously, he was Solorepetitor mit Dirgierverpflichtung at Theater Hagen where he also served in the newly-created position of Stellv. Studienleiter.
Prior to moving to Germany, he maintained an active vocal coaching studio in New York where clients included prominent singers on rosters the likes of The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, and Deutsche Oper Berlin. Former engagements include those at Wolf Trap Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, and Music Academy of the West. As a pianist active in almost all facets of vocal, instrumental, and orchestral repertoires, he has appeared in concert throughout New York (Steinway Hall, The DiMenna Center, The Guggenheim Museum, Caramoor, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and David Rubinstein Atrium) the United States (Aspen Music Festival and School, Chicago, Texas), Germany (Dortmunder Philharmoniker, Philharmonische Orchester Hagen), Austria (AlpenKammerMusik), France (extensive concert tours throughout Nouvelle-Aquitaine), and England (Finalist Prize, 2015 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition).
Collaborations include those with soprano Julia Bullock, tenors Miles Mykkanen and Spencer Lang, violinists Francisco García Fullana, Eric Silberger and Charles Yang, cellist Julian Schwarz, the critically acclaimed string quintet SYBARITE5, and actors Shalita Grant, Ernestine Jackson, Michael Kostroff. Joining the 2010 Broadway production of Master Class (Manny Weinstock, u/s) with Tyne Daly led to successive performances with the renowned EMMY and TONY Award-Winning actress, including a special performance for the opening of FOCUS on The Arts.
While at Theater Hagen, Mr Kurland combined the disciplines of music and acting in new productions of Schubert's Winterreise (Co-Concept with Francis Hüsers; Musikalische Leitung/Pianist), Shakespeare's play Ein Sommernachstraum (Squenz/Musikalische Leitung/Pianist), Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore (on-stage recitative cembalist) and the world premiere of Molly Bloom (after James Joyce's Ulysses; Musikalische Leitung/Pianist/Poldy Bloom). He also served as coach and pianist for main-stage productions of Tristan und Isolde, Tosca, Aida, Simon Boccanegra, Tosca, Il turco in Italia, Evererst, Dido and Aeneas, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Der Graf von Luxemburg, Frau Luna, as assistant conductor and pianist for performances of Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem and Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri, and numerous performances with the Philharmonische Orchester Hagen as orchestral keyboardist and chamber musician.
A published writer, his articles have appeared in Opera News (2021), Singing: The Timeless Muse (2018), PLAYBILL Lincoln Center's program notes (2014) and numerous pieces in The Juilliard Journal and The Chicago Tribune. As a dedicated teacher, he has been an annual guest coach and clinician at Chicago Summer Opera, a member of the faculty at AlpenKammerMusik (Austria), The Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Prelude to Performance program (New York City), and the Franco-American Vocal Academy (FAVA) in Périgueux, France. He has performed with mezzo-soprano Amanda Bottoms at the United Nations International School in New York City and given master classes at Juilliard in Aiken, Columbia University’s Opera Untapped, and at Highland Park High School’s FOCUS On The Arts.
Born in Chicago, he studied at The Juilliard School (Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) and Master of Music (MM)) and The University of Texas at Honors (Bachelor of Music (BM), with honors). A native of suburban Chicago his first teachers included Svetlana Budilovsky and Kay Kim. In his leisure time, Mr. Kurland enjoys hosting dinner parties inspired by Ina Garten, running, and surveying gin and French wines.