Daniel Cilli

"Baritone Daniel Cilli, as Dandini, stole the show with his vocal authority, attractive tone and strong stage presence. His artistry...easily commanded the stage." OPERA NEWS  -La Cenerentola, Opera San Jose

Daniel Cilli most recently performed the roles of Atticus Finch's Trainerin Vinkensport (Little/Vavrek) and Larry King in the world premiere of Balls (Karpman/Collins) at Opera Parallèle,  baritone soloist in Snapshot '24 at West Edge Opera, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at West Bay Opera, Mark Torrance in The Shining at Opera Parallèle, and Schaunard with San Francisco Opera-Boheme Out of the Box. He also performed in Proving Up at Pasadena Opera as Pa Zegner, the title role of Sweeney Todd at Enlightened Theatrics, the role of Mansfield in the premiere of Hiroya Miura's Sharaku Unframed at Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Captain Ladoux in Matt Marks' Mata Hari at West Edge Opera, and Cervantes/Quixote in Man of La Mancha at Cinnabar Theater. 

In 2016 at the San Francisco Opera, Daniel Cilli debuted as Dancaïro in Carmen. He has performed with Opera Parallèle, Livermore Valley, West Bay, Festival Opera, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Utah Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and with the wrestlers from Oakland’s own: Hoodslam.

In 2014 Daniel performed Inspector Javert in Utah Festival's production of Les Miserables. Some of Mr. Cilli’s other operatic appearances include the title role in Don Giovanni at West Bay Opera, Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos with West Edge Opera and Festival Opera, and Papageno in a semi-staged production of Die Zauberflötewith the Baltimore Symphony under Marin Alsop.

While a principal baritone 2006-2010 at Opera San José, Mr. Cilli performed 15 roles including: Onegin in Eugene Onegin, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Dandini in La Cenerentola, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Cosí fan tutte, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Escamillo in Carmen, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Albert in Werther, Belcore in L’Elisir d’amore, Marullo in Rigoletto, and others.

As a Studio Artist at the Houston Grand Opera, Daniel Cilli was involved in four productions including two world premieres: performing in Mark Adamo’s Lysistrata and covering the role of Chucho in Daniel Catan’s Salsipuedes.  He has also appeared as a Young Artist with Utah Opera, Central City Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera.​

Some of Daniel Cilli’s concert appearances have been with Utah Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, University of Missouri Orchestra and Chorus, San Juan Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, and Tanglewood Music Festival.

He holds vocal performance degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and Stetson University, and has also studied Lieder at the Franz Schubert Institute of Baden bei Wien, Austria.