Daniel Cilli baritone most recently performed in the premiere of Howards End America, with Earplay Ensemble, the title role of Sweeney Todd at Enlightened Theatrics, Captain Ladoux in Matt Marks' Mata Hari at West Edge Opera, 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, and with the wrestlers from Oakland’s own: Hoodslam.  Daniel was a principal artist 2006-2010 at Opera San José performing 15 principal roles. He has performed in Utah Opera, Des Moines, Houston Grand, Central City, Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals.

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 Zauberflöte with the Baltimore Symphony under Marin Alsop.

While a principal baritone 2006-2010 at Opera San José, Mr. Cilli performed the roles of Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Cosí fan tutte, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Escamillo in Carmen, Onegin in Eugene Onegin, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Dandini in La Cenerentola, 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.

photo by Vero Kherian