Biography

Daniel Oren was born in Jaffa, Israel. In his youth he studied piano, cello, and voice. As a young child, at 13 years old he drew international notice when Leonard Bernstein chose him to sing the boy solo part in a 1968 Israeli television broadcast of Chichester Psalms. As a 20-year-old student of conducting in Germany , Daniel Oren captured the first prize at the Berlin-based Herbert von Karajan International Conducting Competition, in 1975. In 1978 he began conducting in the U.S., and also established his career in Italy, accepting a conducting post at the Rome Opera House. He guest-conducted throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, and Asia, and of course all over Italy, including at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste (eventually becoming music director), Teatro San Carlo in Naples, and in the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. He has been active guest-conducting at the Metropolitan Opera House (New York) , Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, and the major opera houses of San Francisco, Houston, Buenos Aires, Paris, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Moscow. He also conducted worldwide acclaimed ensembles, including Berlin Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Munich Radio Philharmonic. Being best known for his interpretations of the works of Verdi and Puccini, and in general of the veristic repertoire , Daniel Oren has worked with some of the most famous singers in opera, including Alfredo Kraus, Josè Carreras, Pavarotti, Domingo, Raina Kabaivanska, Ghena Dimitrova, Fiorenza Cedolins, Marcelo Álvarez, Ruggero Raimondi, Leo Nucci, and countless others. He has recorded for RCA, Decca, Arthaus Musik, TDK, and other major labels. 

In one of his most successful recordings, he led a live performance of Puccini's Tosca at the Rome Opera House in 1990, with Luciano Pavarotti and Raina Kabaivanska in the leads. RCA issued the performance in 1993 to generally enthusiastic reviews. He has made a lot of broadcasts for Rai (italian TV and Radio), in which he explains various moments of the most popular operas of Puccini, Verdi and so on. Since 2004, he has made a string of popular video recordings, including Verdi's Nabucco, on Arthaus Musik (issued 2006) and Madama Butterfly, also Arthaus Musik (2006; reissued 2011). The earliest video recording was of Nabucco at the Arena di Verona, which reached a Views record for ARTE (tv program). He was musical director of the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv , becoming eventually Senior Conductor. Since 2007, Daniel Oren has served as artistic director of the Verdi Opera House in Salerno, and as musical director of Tbilisi State Opera since 2017. Read more on Wikipedia