Daniel MONTANÉ Conductor


“Inspired interpretation of Donizzeti’s Opera Buffa: Accompaniment from the UCT Orchestra under Montané’s skilful baton is excellent throughout … provide all the support needed by the singers to deliver the opera’s Agenda.” Cape Agus, 23. Aug. 2018 Beverly Brommert

The press wrote on conductor Daniel Montané ‘s impressing direction of his premiere “Don Pasquale” at the Cape Town Opera in 2018. Immediately afterwards, he enjoyed great success with RIGOLETTO at the Opéra de Toulon.

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 c onducted more than 20 operas of the big repertoire. „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 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 – 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.