David Daniels Is Replaced On ‘Poems of Life’ Recording

By Francisco Salazar

David Daniel has been replaced in the upcoming recording “Poems of Life.”

According to the tenor, the replacement came as a surprise to him. In fact, his first knowledge of the incident came in a rather unique and unfortunate situation.

On April 5, the countertenor wrote, via social media, “To my surprise, I have been replaced on the recording of POEMS OF LIFE for Naxos. This was to be recorded during this summer in London. I can safely say, without hesitation, I have much pride in how I have run my life and career over the past 25 years. Honesty, integrity, loyalty, collegiality have been my priorities and I feel my colleagues would agree. For me to learn of my replacement via a Facebook post is unconscionable. I look forward to the Metropolitan Opera Gala May 7th and my complete recording of Gluck ‘Orfeo ed Euridice,’ on Naxos, with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.”

The countertenor had recently pulled out of a concert with the Virginia Symphony due to illness and was prescribed vocal rest. However, he had announced that he would still be recording the “Poems of Life” in London.

Daniels is now scheduled to return to the Metropolitan Opera in May for a performance at the 50th-anniversary gala where he will sing a duet from Handel’s “Giulio Cesare.” He is also scheduled for  Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice” with the Atlanta Symphony and will be the Artist in Residence at the Santa Fe Opera.