The german tenor Daniel Jenz was born in Esslingen am Neckar. He studied at the Universities of Graz and Mainz and was part of the Young Ensemble of the Staatstheater Mainz.

He has won the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang in 2006 and in 2009 was awarded the Franz-Völker-Preis for young tenors.

He had guest performances at the Staatsoper Berlin, the opera Frankfurt and Bonn, the Hamburg State Opera, at the National Theatre Mannheim, at the State Theatre Linz, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, in the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and worked with René Jacobs, Sylvain Cambreling, Dennis Russell Davies, Vasily Petrenko and Erik Nielsen.

He was member of the Stadttheater Hildesheim, he belonged to the ensemble of the Theater Lübeck and the Staatstheater Kassel. Here he sang for instance Baron Kronthal (»Der Wildschütz«), Tom Rakewell (»The Rake’s Progress«), Fenton (»Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor«), Steuermann (»Der fliegende Holländer«) sowie Tamino (»Die Zauberflöte«).

At the Lehár Festival Bad Ischl 2019 he interpreted Maxime de la Vallé in the operetta “Clo-Clo” by Franz Lehár. This rediscovery was awarded the “Frosch des Monats” by the BR-Klassik Operetten-Boulevard and released as a world premiere CD recording on the 150th birthday of Franz Lehár. In 2024, the recording of “Parsifal” by the Vienna State Opera was released by Sony Classical.

Further role debuts at the Vienna State Opera in the 2023/24 season include Mr. Jones in “Animal Farm” by Alexander Raskatov and Antonio (“The Tempest”) by Thomas Adès under the baton of the composer. In 2024 he will also make his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in the new production of “Tristan and Isolde”.

Backstage with Daniel Jenz