Daniel MONTANÉ Conductor


After his successful new interpretation of SIMONE BOCCANEGRA at the Mainz State Theatre in 2019, Daniel Montané now has an engagement here as 1st guest conductor. His first production in 2020 was MANON LESCAUT

In 2018 he could be seen at the Cape Town Opera with DON PASQUALE and at the Opéra de Toulon with RIGOLETTO. The press wrote:

„The baton of musical director Daniel Montané is breathtaking. He makes the malediction thunder in such a way the audience feels like the sound barrier is breaking. Later on, though, when the beautiful soprano Mihaela Marcu (Gilda) expresses her love for the Duke in her aria Caro Nome he brings tears to the public eyes.“

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 after graduating 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 Coruña Festival (Spain), the Nuremburg State Opera, the Kassel National Theatre, the Mannheim National Theatre, Opera House Lübeck, the Bolshoi Theatre Minsk or Thessaloniki’s „Megaron“ (Greece).

During these years, he also regularly conducted renowned orchestras such as the Gran Teatre del Liceu Orchestra, Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra, 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.
Deeply appreciated for his profound knowledge on voices, Daniel Montané has performed several Gala Concerts and worked with first range singers such as Matti Salminen, Carlos Álvarez, Deborah Polaski, Sonia Ganassi, Sondra Radvanovsky.

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.

From 2013 to 2015 he was Principal Conductor at the Theatre Ulm. His premieres with the with the Ulm Philharmonic Orchestra include a.o. „Der Rosenkavalier“, „Medée“ and „Peter Grimes“ , as well as his many Symphonic Concerts, which captivated teh audience.

Lately 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 Sotchi and a symphony concerts at the Gasteig in Munich and with the Sinfonica de Valles. Recently, Daniel Montané could be seen with RIGOLETTO and WERTHER and MANON LESCAUT at the Gran Teatre de Liceu Barcelona .In 2018 he also appeared with BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA at the Lübeck Opera House. And wizh LES CONTES d’HOFFMANN at the Schleswig-Holstein Municipal Theatre.

In the beginning of 2019 he has the musical direction of the new production SIMONA BOCCANEGRA at the Mainz State Theatre.


Staatstheater Mainz – COSÌ FAN TUTTE
Which made the only capital in this production accumulate and experience Mozart’s music in its entire reality, behind the direction construction. This phenomenal mixture of rebuking chatter, sharp almost bellicistic diction and transcendent emphasis in its highest sublimity. Perfectly realized by the Mainz Philharmonic State Orchestra under the musical direction of Daniel Montané.
Frankfurter Rundschau
Already during the overture, which was played so fluently , flexibly and precisely by the Mainz Philharmonic State Orchestra under the musical direction of Montané, that it was a joy to listen to, the cynic Don Alfonso appears... effortlessly the conductor Dirigent Montané keeps the ensemble scenes in balance, at the same time compactly controlling them.
Frankfurter Rundschau
At the desk of the Mainz Philharmonic State Orchestra Daniel Montané ensured a passionate listening impression...
Staatstheater Mainz – The Rake’s Progress
Under Daniel Montané's sensitive conducting, all the singers and the Mainz Philharmonic State Orchestra articulate Stravinsky's conversations in a multifaceted manner, full of abysmal duplicity and thus in the end counteract the mobile of the event, “ with idle hands, hearts and minds, the devil finds work that to do”.
The fact that the production is not entirely insignificant is mainly due to its musical interpretation. A decidedly disciplined orchestra levelled down to the finest nuances by Daniel Montané, and the grandiose ensemble of singers weigh heavily on the credit side.
Frankfurter Allgemeine
In the interpretation of the state orchestra and the opera chorus the effect is extremely lively, catchy in the allusions and exposed in the parts of those sharpened interval moves that repeatedly lends bite and tension to the game of languages. Conductor of the evening was Daniel Montané, who knew how to combine both aspects of music. He had a vocal team at his disposal that left nothing to be desired..
Frankfurter Rundschau
Staatstheater Mainz - DIE FLEDERMAUS – Oktober 2020
“Stuck in the jolly prison. State theater plays Johann Strauss's "Fledermaus" – with distance.

Distances also apply in the orchestra pit. The reduced instrumentation by Derek Clark comes over nice and slim but still sonorous. Daniel Montané conducts with great empathy, which results in truely great musical enjoyment, especially in the soloist ensembles.”
Dietrich Stern, Allgemeine Zeitung
SYMPHONY CONCERT - Philharmonic State Orchestra Mainz - October 2020
“When fire meets cold. Musical enjoyment in the tent - 2nd symphony concert by the Philharmonic State Orchestra Mainz

The musical direction was in hands of the new first conductor of the State Orchestra Daniel Montané. As opening work the overture for orchestra by the Polish composer Grazyna Bacewicz (1909-1969) was played; … /… Under Montané, the Philharmonic State Orchestra Mainz conveyed the temperament and meditative power of this high-contrast music, written in a state of emergency.
The soloist in Ludwig van Beethoven's second piano concerto was Montané's compatriot Daniel Blanch… /… In the rondo, the orchestra under Montané played gracefully pulsating, mysterious hints shimmered through the joyful movement; the performers showed how deeply Beethoven is rooted in the past and how far he shines into the future.
In Antonín Dvorák's Symphony No. 7, the orchestra under Montané unfolded a tremendous volume of sound, fire and cold clash. The second movement, entitled “Poco adagio”, began in a luxurious and delicate manner, powerfully crowned by the winds.
Tremulously the Vivace relaxed unfolded: Dance-like exuberance and melancholy were evoked , bangs rang through the hall. The orchestra played the finale with its dizzying swings in a stormy manner."
Manuel Wanda, Allgemeine Zeitung
Staatstheater Mainz – MANON LESCAUT
Right from the start this veritable Puccini sound pleased the audience. The outstanding Spanish conductor Daniel Montané is “to blame” for it. In 2002 he had his opera debut with “The Tales of Hoffmann”, followed by numerous guest performances. He has already conducted concerts with the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and is also invited to the Dresden Semper Opera. He regularly returns to the Grand Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, lately with Macbeth‘, ‚Rigoletto‘, ‚Werther‘, Madama Butterfly‘ and ‚Manon Lescaut‘.
Der neue Merker 03/2020, Volker Funk
The portrayal of the characters is truly outstanding and perfectly clings to the sensibly interpreted score of the Mainz Philharmonic State Orchestra under the general direction of Daniel Montané.
Outstanding the musical direction of Daniel Montané, who realizes every facet of the Puccinian composition arsenal, creating wonderful phrases and upturns optimally adjusted to the singers, with the brilliantly disposed und smoothly playing Philharmonic State Orchestra. Without any sign of sponginess or blaring.
Frankfurter Rundschau
With its rich orchestral colors and contrasts, Puccini`s opera “Manon Lescaut” with which he established his worldwide fame in 1893, focusses on pure emotions as human vital impetus. Therefore, the musical director Daniel Montané takes it as self-evident that in spite of the modern staging and thanks to Puccini’s music , the customary familiarity with this renowned opera material remains. According to Montané, in his third opera “Manon Lescaut” Puccini has found the key to portray the world as it is, captured in opera rhythm.
Allgemeine Zeitung
Staatstheater Mainz – SIMONA BOCCANEGRA
Under Daniel Montané the orchestra proved to have a pithy grasp on Verdi’s eloquent, rapidly fluctuating, condensing language, which definitively needs a distinctive shimmering of the fatalistic dark registers.
Gerhard R. Koch – Opernwelt 5/2019
Together with the Mainz Philharmonic State Orchestra, Daniel Montané keeps increasing the drama, always in a singer-friendly manner. Everywhere the advancement and the precious colorfulness of the score shines through.
Also in the orchestra pit of the Mainz State Theatre the sea plays along. In the prelude to the 1st act , the conductor Daniel Montané makes the sea mood glimmer impressionistically… after this dramatically captivating Interpretation, passionately impelled by Daniel Montané.
Allgemeine Zeitung
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.