Daniel MONTANÉ Conductor


„…the staging needed some more „Story“. But this was told through the music, whose deeps explored Daniel Montané at the head of the Philharmonic Orchestra Ulm in a way that not only the action but the inside emotions of the characters could be understood without words”

That’s how a review in „Opernglas“ desacribed Daniel Montané’s expressive conducting at his last “Peter Grimes“ Premiere at the Theatre Ulm.

Daniel Montané was born in Barcelona. He studied Composition and Conducting at the Graz University of Arts and graduated with „cum laude“. Moreover, in 2001 and 2003 he was awarded the prestigious scholarship „Deutsche Bank” at the Modern Academy Music Theatre. Immediately aftergraduating he became Music Assistant at the „Gran Teatre del Liceu“. In 2003 Montané was awarded the First Price of the „Competition for Young Conductors“ ,Orquesta Ciudad de Granada.

Since making his opera debut in 2004 with „Les Contes d’Hoffmann“ at the Chemnitz Opera, where he conducted the Robert Schumann Philharmonics , Daniel Montané has been invited to several first range Opera Houses and Festivals, such as the Dresden Semperopera, the Peralada Festival (Spain), La Coruna Festival (Spain), the Nuremburg State Opera, the Kassel National Theatre, the Mannheim National Theatre, the Bolshoi Theatre Minsk or Thessaloniki’s „Megaron“ (Greece).

During these years, he also regularly conducted renowned orcherstras such as the Gran Teatre del Liceu Orchestra, Bremen Philharmonics, the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Saarbrücken, the Nuremburg Philharmonics, the Philharmonic Orchestra Altenburg-Gera, the Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, the Orchestra Sinfonica della Fondazione Tito Schipa and many others. Due to these guest invitations he was able to develop a large Opera, Symphonic and Ballet repertoire.

Deeply appreciated for his profound knowledge on voices, Daniel Montané has performed several Gala Concerts with first range singers such as Matti Salminen, Carlos Álvarez, Deborah Polaski, Sonia Ganassi, Sondra Radvanovsky or Fiorenza Cedolins.

Between 2007 and 2012 Montané was First Conductor at the Bremen Opera House. During this period he conducted more than 20 operas of the big repertoire. Especially worth mentioning are his successes with "Le Grand Macabre", "Der Fliegende Holländer", "Nabucco", "Rienzi", "Maometto II", “Norma" , “La Cenerentola”, “Turandot“, “Madame Butterfly“, “Mazeppa“, “Eugen Onegin“, “Turn of the Screw“ or “Tosca”. „His precision was impressive, the intensity and power of expression went under the skin“, M. Pitz-Grevonig. Klassic.com about Montané, „Turn of the Screw“. From 2013 to 2015 he was Principal Conductorat the Theatre Ulm. Among his premieres with the with the Ulm Philharmonic Orchestra„Der Rosenkavalier“, „Medée“ and „Peter Grimes“ , as well as his many Symphonic Concerts must be highlighted. In the season 15/16 we highlight his Debut with renowned the Bruckner Orchester in Linz and the production of “Carmen” at the Bolshoi Theatre.

In the season 15/16 he made his debut with the renowned Bruckner Orchestra in Linz. Daniel is a permanent guest at the Bolshoi Theatre in Minsk, where he recently had the musical direction of CARMEN and a gala concert. He also conducted gala concerts in Sotschi and a symphony concert at the Gasteig in Munich. Daniel Montané regularly performs at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona. Here, he could lately be seen with RIGOLETTO and WERTHER. In the season 17/18 he conducts MANON LESCAUT here. In the season 18/19 he has the musical direction of RIGOLETTO at the Opéra de Toulon.

Future engagements bring him to Cape Town for DON PASQUALE and to the Opéra de Toulon for RIGOLETTO


Opéra de Toulon - RIGOLETTO
As to the Catalanan conductor Daniel Montané: he inspires the Toulon Opera Orchestra to power and energy and brings them in top form. The score’s nuances and modulations are perfectly expressed: implacable in the ouverture, rhythmically panting with Rigoletto in the 3rd act and unleashed in the tempest of the 2nd act.
Emmanuel Ansrieu, Opera Online
The desk the conductor Daniel Montané. His direction is true precision work: accurately he alternates between the tempi, from vivid to slow. This was a refreshing, melodious performance , slightly diminishing the bleak visual aspect. Daniel Montané follows the singers with great attention. In the “tempest” the orchestra slightly set of and the final duet of Gilda and Rigoletto was played with a lot of emotion. An orchestra truly worth hearing with a beautiful tone. When the curtain fell, there was long-lasting applause for this season-opening performance, which entirely convinced a continually increasing audience.
GB Opera
The direction of the cductor Daniel Montané is impressing. The curse is accompanied by such a booming orchestra, the audience has the impression the sound barrier is being broken. Later however, as the beautiful soprano Mihaela Marcu (Gilda) declares her love for the duke in the aria “Caro Nome”, the spectators are moved to tears.
Attentively Daniel Montané supports the singers …. He elicits beautiful sounds from the brass – e.g. in the ouverture - and the strings at the beginning of the arias (« Cortigiani, vil razza dannata ») are extremely touching. Everything in a concise tempo, remarkably played by the musicians. The audience, which effaced itself during the performance, rewarded the conductor at the end of the performance with a truly warm applause.