DANIEL JAMES SHIGO is a voice teacher, basso-cantante, scholar and author living in New York City.
His principle vocal studies were conducted with Margaret Harshaw, who had been a student of Anna E. Schoen-René, herself a student of three legendary voice teachers: Pauline Viardot-García, Manuel García and Francesco Lamperti.
Daniel made his solo debut in Faure's Requiem with the Festival die Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, before becoming a member of the New York City Opera, where he appeared for twenty-three seasons in forty-five roles, seventy operas, operettas and musicals. He has also appeared in many productions with the Metropolitan Opera, in recital and concert, and in a rare staging of Kurt Weill's Lady in the Dark at City Center Encores!
Extensive experience as soloist and ensemble member in both classical and musical theater genres gives Daniel a unique perspective; the knowledge and skill he brings to students is not second-hand speculation, but that of a seasoned artist with more than twenty-five years experience onstage and in the voice studio. His students are Classical and Musical Theater artists who sing in many different styles.
Daniel is the founding editor of VOICEPrints—The Official Journal of the New York Singing Teachers Association, which features articles by leading voice professionals, scholars and scientists.
He also blogs at VOICETALK: Historical Perspectives on the Art of Singing, which offers students and teachers of singing a wealth of resources and has more than 650,000 readers.
In-depth research in bel canto singing methods led Daniel to an important manual that had been lost for more than a century. Republished with a well-documented introduction, Hidden in Plain Sight: The Hermann Klein Phono-Vocal Method Based upon the Famous School of Manuel Garcia reveals the studio teaching of the father of voice science. Daniel is now at work on his second book which explores his rediscovery of the principles of the García and Lamperti schools of singing.
Daniel keeps his finger on the pulse of current research and methodology and is an active member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing, The College Music Society, America Guild of Musical Artists and The New York Singing Teachers Association. He currently serves on the voice faculty of the Young People's Chorus of New York City.