Baritone Dan Kempson has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a singer whose onstage presence was matched by a fluid and handsomely burnished tone.” Particularly well known for his work in 20th and 21st century music, Dan was nominated for a 2015 GRAMMY Award for Best Opera Recording, singing the title role of Darius Milhaud’s “L’orestie d’Eschyle”, a world premiere recording. He also joined the Principal Artist Roster of The Metropolitan Opera in the 2013-2014 season for the US premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.
Dan appeared with over 30 opera companies, symphonies, and music festivals, including Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia (Valencia); Santa Fe Opera; Spoleto Festival USA; Pittsburgh Symphony; Madison Opera; Fort Worth Opera; Caramoor Festival; Wichita Symphony; Syracuse Opera; and Pittsburgh Opera. Dan’s work in new music was marked by four world premieres, three American premieres, and operas by Philip Glass, Kevin Puts, Laura Kaminsky, Benjamin Britten, and Andre Previn, among others. In addition, he performed many major works of the traditional repertoire, including Marcello (La Bohème), Ping (Turandot), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Papageno (The Magic Flute), and the titles roles of The Barber of Seville and Don Giovanni. He holds degrees from Peabody Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music, and was a Resident Artist at Pittsburgh Opera from 2009-2011.
Dan now works as a management consultant for The Boston Consulting Group, having completed an MBA at Columbia Business School. He is based out of Philadelphia, PA, where he lives with his husband, bass-baritone Zachary Altman, and their dog Pickle.