TenorDaniel Behle
Daniel Behle © Nancy Horowitz, Martin WeinknechtArtist

"This thrilling Strauss album makes me want to hear this young German tenor in everything he sings."

The Sunday Times
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Daniel Behle is one of the most versatile German tenors and is equally successful in the concert, lied and opera genres. His extensive repertoire ranges from Baroque masterpieces to Classical and Romantic works to compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The year 2017 marks an absolute highlight in his carreer, including concert debuts with Santa Cecilia Rome (“Lobgesang” with Pablo Heras-Casado), Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (“Jahreszeiten” with Trevor Pinnock),  Wiener Symphoniker (“St. John Passion” with Philippe Jordan), Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble (“St. John Passion” with Thomas Hengelbrock), and Berlin Philharmonic (“Missa solemnis” with Christian Thielemann), as well as his debut at the Bayreuth Festival as David in “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”.

In April 2014 he made his acclaimed debut as Matteo in Strauss’s “Arabella” at the Salzburg Easter Festival under Christian Thielemann. In 2015 he returned to Aix-en-Provence as Belmonte (“Die Entführung aus dem Serail”) and sang his first Wagner role: Erik in “Der fliegende Holländer” at the Frankfurt Opera. In September 2016 Daniel Behle makes his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, performing Ferrando in “Così fan tutte”.


Daniel Behle appears in concert with renowned orchestras, including the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSB), DSO Berlin, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, SWR Radio Orchestra or the Stuttgart Bach Academy, working with such conductors as Stefan Asbury, Jiří Bělohlávek, Bertrand de Billy, Christoph Eschenbach, James Gaffigan, Marek Janowski, Ingo Metzmacher, Kent Nagano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, George Petrou, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Jérémie Rhorer, Andreas Spering, Jeffrey Tate, and Christian Thielemann.

Daniel Behle fascinates his audiences as a lieder singer at such venues as the Schwetzingen Festival, the Schubertiade, the Prinzregenten Theater in Munich, the Cologne Philharmonie, Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle, the Beethoven House in Bonn, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

The artist has also made a name for himself as a composer. He premiered his Ringelnatz cycle at the Beethoven House Bonn in 2013. A milestone in his composing career is his arrangement of Schubert’s Winterreise for tenor and piano trio (Sony Classical). Following the UK premiere at the Wigmore Hall and the Germany premiere at the WDR Cologne, he will perform the Netherlands premiere at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam in January 2017. With “Mein Hamburg” (arrangements and new compositions for tenor and piano trio to be released in fall 2016) Daniel Behle pays musical tribute to his native city.

Daniel Behle was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2014 in the recording of Leonardo Vinci’s Artaserse. His lieder recordings and solo CDs, including Die schöne Müllerin, Dichterliebe, Strauss songs and Bach arias, have been praised by critics. His debut album for Decca (Gluck arias with Armonia Atenea) was released in 2014.

SEASON 2016/2017


“singing which ranged from very good to Daniel Behle’s once-in-a-lifetime Ferrando; a tenor who could reduce his sound to the quietest thread in “Un aura amoroso,” sustain it, sustain it unbelievably long, and still be heard all over the house. Shades of Richard Tauber. I am grateful to have heard Behle.”

Nathaniel Brown, Myedmontonnews.com, 23.10.2016

“Dat deed Daniel Behle volop. Zijn forte ging moeiteloos en zijn piano was indrukwekkend. Heel subtiel speelde hij met volume en hoogte. Lang niet meer zo’n fijnzinnige tenor gehoord.”

Francois van den Anker, Operamagazine.nl, 18.10.2016

“Daniel Behle’s Ferrando is outstanding in his passionately felt “Un’Aura Amorosa"”

Clare Colvin, Express, 02.10.2016

“German tenor Daniel Behle stands out for his beautifully lyrical singing.”

Tully Potter, Dailymail.co.uk, 30.09.2016

“le Ferrando idéal de Daniel Behle. Elégance de la ligne, pureté du timbre n’ont d’égale que l’infinie palette de nuances qu’il déploie tout au long de la soirée. Deux mille deux cents spectateurs s’arrêtent de respirer lorsqu’il entame la reprise de « Un’aura amorosa » sur un pianissimo infinitésimal et pourtant audible jusqu’au dernier rang.”

Yannick Boussaert, Forumopera, 27.09.2016

“The standout moment was Behle’s sensational performance of Un’aura amorosa, the reprise hushed to the point of near silence.”

Jeremy Denk, The Observer, 25.09.2016

“Ferrando’s “Un’aura amorosa”, tenderly sung by Daniel Behle, is a high point.”

Richard Fairman, Financial times, 25.09.2016

“Three performances stand out in particular […] As Ferrando, Daniel Behle delivers ‘Un’aura amorosa’ and ‘Ah, lo veggio’ with a sensitivity and smoothness of line which make them deeply moving”

Sam Smith, Musicomh.com, 25.09.2016

“Behle exhibited a beautifully sweet and light tenor throughout”

Claire, Seymour, Operatoday, 25.09.2016

“it is Daniel Behle who steals the laurels with an account of Ferrando’s “Un’aura amorosa” in which time stands still. […] What an exciting tenor he is!”

Mark Valencia, Whatsonstage.com, 23.09.2016

“Ensemble singing is strong; the standout is Daniel Behle’s gorgeous tenor as Ferrando.”

Cara Chanteau, The Independent, 23.09.2016

“This success is no doubt also down to a shining cast: […] Daniel Behle fetchingly adopts gentle head-tone colouring in Un Aura Amorosa”

Edward Bhesania, The Stage, 23.09.2016

“there are standouts in the shape of Daniel Behle’s volatile Ferrando, most of all in his aria Un’ Aura Amorosa”

George Hall, The Guardian, 23.09.2016

“it is Daniel Behle’s Ferrando who scores most strongly with his introspective “Un’aura amorosa””

John Allison, The Telegraph, 23.09.2016

“Tenor Daniel Behle made an excellent impression in his Royal Opera debut: his voice is bright and highly intelligible, and he has a good reserve of strength for Ferrando’s big arias.”

David Karlin, Bachtrack, 23.09.2016

“Behle’s musically scrupulous interpretation is appealing”

George Hall, BBC Music Magazine, June 2015

“Behle is a master of subtly colouring, nuancing and varying his volume. […] In addition, Behle’s clear voice is a recommendation in itself, for not only does it contain so many shades but it is a euphonious instrument. Memory tells me that I have rearely heard ‘Die Nebensonnen’ sung so beautifully as in the version with piano.”

International Record Review, March 2015

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Mein HamburgDaniel Behle & Schnyder TrioOct. 2016, Berlin Classics, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
WinterreiseN"The Winterreise" ("Winter's Journey") by Schubert in its original as well as in an arrangement by Daniel Behle for Piano Trio and tenor.Nov. 2014, Sony Classical, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Antonio Caldara: La concordia de' pianetiCaldara: La Concordia de Pianeti. Interpreten: Verónica Cangemi, Ruxandra Donose, Delphine Galou, Franco Fagioli, Carlos Mena, Daniel Behle, Luca Tittoto, La Cetra Vocal Ensemble ...Oct. 2014, Deutsche Grammophon, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Gluck Opera AriasDaniel Behle sings Tenor arias by Christoph Willibald Gluck.Jun. 2014, Decca, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Brahms: Die schöne MageloneDaniel Behle sings the song cycle "Die schöne magelone" by Johannes Brahms. Piano: Sveinung Bjelland, speaker: Hans-Jürgen Schatz.May. 2014, Capriccio, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Agostino Steffani: Stabat MaterThis new release's main work is Agostino Steffani's "Stabat Mater". Apart from Cecilia Bartoli, the disc features the Counter Tenor Franco Fagioli, German Tenor Daniel behle and ...Aug. 2013, Decca, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Engelbert Humperdinck: KönigskinderDaniel Behle (Le Fils du Roi) - Amanda Majeski (La Gardeuse d'oies) - Nikolay Borchev (Le Ménétrier) - Julia Juon (La Sorcière) - Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra - Choir of ...Jul. 2013, Oehms Classics, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Johann Sebastian Bach - Arien für TenorDaniel Behle sings Tenor arias by Johann Sebastian Bach.Mar. 2013, Sony Classical, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Richard Strauss: SongsDaniel Behle sings songs by Richard Strauss with pianist Oliver SchnyderFeb. 2012, Capriccio, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Schumann: Poet's LovePoet's Love and a selection of Schubert songs including "Der Hirt auf dem Felsen"May. 2011, Capriccio, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin & Auf dem StromDaniel Behle sings Schubert with the Norwegian pianist Sveinung BjellandJun. 2010, Capriccio, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
SongsDaniel Behle sings Beethoven, Britten, Grieg, Schubert and TrojahnApr. 2009, Capriccio, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon