Daniel Shigo

Voice teacher ・scholar・author


DANIEL SHIGO is an accomplished voice teacher, scholar, and author in New York City.

His principle vocal studies were conducted with Margaret Harshaw, an exponent of Anna Schoen-René, who was a student of three legendary vocal maestri: Pauline Viardot-García, Manuel Garcia, and Francesco Lamperti.

Daniel made his solo debut in Faure's Requiem with the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, then sang with the New York City Opera and Metropolitan Opera for twenty-three seasons, appearing in forty-five solo roles and seventy productions.

Extensive experience as soloist and ensemble member in both classical and musical theater genres gives Daniel a unique perspective: the knowledge and skill he brings to students is not second-hand speculation, but that of a seasoned artist with more than twenty-five years experience onstage and in the voice studio. 

Dubbed the vocal Indiana Jones for finding the lost teachings of the father of voice science in Hidden in Plain Sight: The Hermann Klein Phono-Vocal Method Based upon the Famous School of Manuel Garcia, Daniel is currently at work on his second book which reveals the teachings of legendary singing masters with a generous grant from the Agnes Varis Trust.

Daniel is the founding editor of VOICEPrints—The Official Journal of the New York Singing Teachers Association which features articles by leading voice professionals, scholars and scientists. He also blogs at VOICETALK: Historical Perspectives on the Art of Singing, which offers students and teachers of singing a wealth of resources and has more than 900,000 readers.

Along with his active voice studio, Daniel gives private vocal instruction to Matisse Fellows at the Young People's Chorus of New York City.

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Jessica Osber Photography

Daniel is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the American Guild of Musical Artists.