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Daniel Taylor

Biography

Born: November, 1969   Country: Canada  
Daniel Taylor is often described as Canada's leading countertenor. And with scores of rave reviews from concerts across the globe and more than 60 recordings to his credit, it would be hard to challenge the claim. His many supporters, not to mention a host of notable critics, have lavished high praise on Taylor for the beauty of his unique, female-timbred voice. His repertory has tended to favor Renaissance-era and Baroque music, with the Read more cantatas of J.S. Bach heavily figuring in his discography. He also regularly appears on the world's most prestigious operatic stages, again favoring early music repertory in his choice of roles, with the works of Handel taking precedence. Despite his preference for early music, Taylor has sung a fair amount of modern works by a range of diverse composers: Bernstein, Sakamoto, Christos Hatzis, and Arvo Pärt. Taylor is the founder of the Theatre of Early Music, a Montreal-based period-instrument ensemble, for which he also serves as artistic director. In concert Taylor often performs with renowned Canadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc. He has recorded for a spate of major labels, including BIS, Dorian, Atma Classique, Harmonia Mundi, EMI, and Virgin Classics.

Daniel Taylor was born in Canada in 1969. At six he began singing in the (Anglican) St. Matthew's Church choir, and four years later became a treble for the National Arts Centre Opera. At 16 he began vocal lessons with renowned countertenor Allan Fast. Taylor studied music first at McGill University, then, for his master's, at the University of Montreal. He had later studies in Europe in Baroque interpretation and still takes vocal lessons from British countertenor Michael Chance.

Taylor quickly established his reputation in Canada, both in opera and the concert hall. He debuted in 1997 at Glyndebourne to rave reviews in Handel's Theodora. His April 1999 Met debut as Nireno in Handel's Giulio Cesare was equally impressive.

By then he had several major recordings to his credit, including three Orfeo discs of works by Niccolò Jommelli, with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra under Frieder Bernius.

In the new century Taylor founded the Theatre of Early Music ensemble. The group has attracted such artists as Emma Kirkby, Suzie Leblanc, and Stephen Varcoe and has made a dozen or so recordings. In 2004 Taylor was named the Opus Prizes Artist of the year. Among Taylor's recordings is the 2007 Virgin Classics DVD Bach in Notre Dame. Read less
Handel: Rinaldo / Hogwood, Bartoli, Daniels, Fink, Et Al
Release Date: 10/10/2000   Label: L'oiseau Lyre  
Catalog: 467087   Number of Discs: 3
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Star Of The Magi / Le Blanc, Taylor, Les Voix Humaines
Release Date: 12/14/1999   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 2190   Number of Discs: 1
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Handel: Messiah / Bernius, Sampson, Taylor, Harvey
Release Date: 09/08/2009   Label: Carus  
Catalog: 83219   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 26.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 16 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 137 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  James Gilchrist,  Peter Harvey,  Katharine Fuge,  Daniel Taylor  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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    Label: American Bach Soloists   Catalog: 5638173942 Release Date: 09/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz
    Performer:  Kurt-Owen Richards,  Benjamin Butterfield,  James F. Weaver [Bass-Baritone Vocal],  Daniel Taylor  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Bach Soloists
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  • 28.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 23 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 131 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Charles Daniels,  Stephen Varcoe,  Daniel Taylor,  Gillian Keith  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 29.
    Bach in Notre-Dame de Paris / Nelson, Ziesak, DiDonato
    Label: Erato (Dvd)   Catalog: 70636 Release Date: 01/16/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Paul Agnew,  Ruth Ziesak,  Daniel Taylor,  Joyce DiDonato  ... 
    Conductor:  John Nelson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Maitrise de Notre-Dame de Paris,  Paris Orchestral Ensemble
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  • 30.
    Fireworks / Montréal Baroque Festival
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22367 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Mathieu Lussier,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Melchior Hoffman,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Luc Plourde,  Olivier Thouin,  Mathieu Lussier,  Benoit Loiselle  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Labadie,  Yannick Nézet-Séguin,  Matthias Maute
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal,  Theatre of Early Music,  Pacific Baroque Orchestra  ... 
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  • 31.
    Scarlatti: Stabat Mater / Kirkby, Taylor, Et Al
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22237 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alessandro Scarlatti
    Performer:  Nicholas Kraemer,  Emma Kirkby,  Daniel Taylor,  Alexander Weimann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
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  • 32.
    Muse - Purcell, Blow, Dowland / Daniel Taylor, Et Al
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22389 Release Date: 12/27/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  John Blow,  John Dowland,  Tobias Hume  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor,  Sylvain Bergeron,  Susie Napper,  Margaret Little  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble da Sonar,  Les Voix Humaines
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  • 33.
    Love Bade Me Welcome - Dowland, Etc / Taylor, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1446 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Jones,  Robert Johnson,  John Dowland,  Anonymous
    Performer:  Frances Kelly,  Mark Levy,  Daniel Taylor,  Elizabeth Kenny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
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  • 34.
    Handel: Messiah / Thomas, Zukerman, Taylor, Et Al
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3360 Release Date: 11/15/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor,  Steven Tharp,  William Sharp,  Arianna Zukerman
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Bach Soloists
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  • 35.
    F. Couperin: Leçons De Ténèbres / Theatre Of Early Music
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1346 Release Date: 10/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Couperin
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
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  • 36.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 25 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1361 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Yukari Nonoshita,  Daniel Taylor,  Makoto Sakurada,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 37.
    Primavera - Monteverdi, Etc / Les Voix Humaines, Et Al
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22258 Release Date: 05/04/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Luzzasco Luzzaschi,  Thomas Morley,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor,  Suzie LeBlanc
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines
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  • 38.
    Pärt: Stabat Mater, Etc / Daniel Taylor, Christopher Jackson
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22310 Release Date: 04/06/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor
    Conductor:  Christopher Jackson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Studio for Ancient Music Orchestra,  Montreal Studio for Ancient Music Choir,  Franz-Joseph String Quartet
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  • 39.
    Lost Is My Quiet / Daniel Taylor, Nancy Argenta, Et Al
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22302 Release Date: 03/02/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  John Blow,  John Eccles
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor,  Nancy Argenta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
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  • 40.
    Handel: Theodora / Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Et Al
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 43181 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Nathan Berg,  Daniel Taylor,  Laurent Slaars,  Juliette Galstian  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
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  • 41.
    The World's Very Best Opera For Kids...in English!
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84341 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  George Frideric Handel,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Erin Thrall,  Daniel Taylor,  Tracy Dahl,  Michael Schade  ... 
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  • 42.
    Lamento / Daniel Taylor, Theatre Of Early Music
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22308 Release Date: 05/27/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philipp Heinrich Erlebach,  Heinrich Schütz,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Giovanni Hoffman  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
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  • 43.
    Hatzis: Everlasting Light, Footprints In New Snow, Etc
    Label: Cbc Musica Viva   Catalog: 1156 Release Date: 01/21/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Christos Hatzis
    Performer:  Carol Fujino,  David Hetherington,  Annalee Patipatanakoon,  Douglas Perry  ... 
    Conductor:  Lydia Adams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Chamber Singers,  Elmer Iseler Singers
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  • 44.
    Actus Tragicus - Cantates Funèbres / Leblanc, Taylor, Et Al
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22288 Release Date: 01/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor,  Ian Honeyman,  Suzie LeBlanc,  Stephen Varcoe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
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  • 45.
    Bach: Cantatas 131, 152, 161 / Taylor, Leblanc, Kobow, Et Al
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22279 Release Date: 01/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Jan Kobow,  Daniel Taylor,  Suzie LeBlanc,  Stephen Varcoe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
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  • 46.
    Handel: Love Duets / Leblanc, Taylor, Stubbs, Arion Ensemble
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22260 Release Date: 01/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor,  Suzie LeBlanc
    Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arion Ensemble
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  • 47.
    Lamento / Daniel Taylor, Theatre Of Early Music
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22261 Release Date: 07/09/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Melchior Hoffman,  Philipp Heinrich Erlebach,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Johann Christoph Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Hélène Plouffe,  Adrian Butterfield,  Hank Knox,  Myron Lutzke  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
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  • 48.
    Bach: The Ascension Oratorio, Festive Cantatas / Funfgeld
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90306 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Christopheren Nomura,  Frederick Urrey,  Daniel Taylor,  Ann Monoyios
    Conductor:  Greg Funfgeld
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir of Bethlehem,  Bach Festival Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Handel: Sacred Arias / Taylor, Huggett, Ensemble Arion
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22222 Release Date: 02/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor,  Monica Huggett
    Conductor:  Monica Huggett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arion Ensemble
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    Zelenka: Missa Dei Patris / Bernius, Bach, Taylor, Et Al
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83209 Release Date: 07/24/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Dismas Zelenka
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor,  Mechthild Bach,  Markus Brutscher,  Gotthold Schwarz
    Conductor:  Frieder Bernius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Baroque Ensemble,  Stuttgart Chamber Choir
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