Daniel Biaggi joined Palm Beach Opera in 2005 as Director of Artistic Operations and was appointed General Director of the company in 2009. Daniel believes in the transformational power of live opera performances, and works closely with the Board of Directors and staff to create stimulating productions, as well as inspiring education and outreach programs, to bring the community together.
Daniel conceived the company’s annual Opera @ The Waterfront concert, a free opera concert at the Meyer Amphitheatre in downtown West Palm Beach featuring Palm Beach Opera’s Orchestra, Chorus, and Soloists, which attracted over local 3,700 spectators in 2015, was professionally live-streamed via internet, and was a recipient of the Knight Foundation’s Knights Arts Challenge Matching Grant.
Under his leadership, Palm Beach Opera’s commitment to developing new works resulted in the company’s first world-premiere of an American opera, Enemies, A Love Story, with music by Ben Moore and libretto by Nahma Sandrow. Other highlights include the reintroduction of the Gala recital, which has brought international opera stars including Renee Fleming, Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, and Ildar Abdrazakov to Palm Beach Opera; the expansion of the company’s Young Artist Program, including a collaboration with Lynn University Conservatory of Music to feature the Young Artists in the company’s first performance of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw; the addition of Baroque, 20th Century, and American opera repertoire to the One Opera in One Hour series; and augmenting the Education Programs to include Lunch & Learn and Opera OUT Loud, a national platform with local programs to create bridges to LGBTQ youth.
In collaboration with his team, Daniel has reinvigorated fundraising campaigns and audience development initiatives including digital marketing strategies resulting in several consecutive surplus audits during his tenure. He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership and Artistic Excellence of the National Society of Arts and Letters, and acted as Host and emcee for the Company’s 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee concerts, as well as the Grand Finals Concert of the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition.
Daniel currently serves on the Board of OPERA America and is Chair of the Cultural Executive Committee of the Cultural Council of the Palm Beaches. A frequent vocal competition judge, Daniel served as jury member for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Competition, the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition, among others, and has participated in panel discussions for OPERA America and OPERA Europa.
Prior to his engagement at Palm Beach Opera, Daniel Biaggi was Associate Director at Guy Barzilay International Artist Management in New York, co-managing the careers of over 40 singers worldwide. He has served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, and Sarah Lawrence College in New York, coaching singers in operatic and art song repertoire with an emphasis on languages and diction. Daniel Biaggi has given master classes and performance seminars at the Juilliard School of Music as well as the Chautauqua Voice Institute. He has worked extensively for the Metropolitan Opera Guild, giving pre-performance introduction lectures and participating in the organization’s various Teaching Artist Programs as performer and educator.
Daniel is a classically trained singer and has performed operatic roles and recitals in the US as well as Europe. He holds a Post-Graduate and Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, a Bachelor of Music Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a Certificate of Musicology from the University of Berne, Switzerland. Most recently, he received certification as Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy from The American College of Financial Services, and concluded the Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program “Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management” on full scholarship.
In his free time, Daniel Biaggi enjoys sports, especially tennis and snowboarding, loves flying and occasionally jumping out of planes, and appreciates cooking and fine wine.