Biography
Daniel Helfgot' credits include well over 200 productions of over 100 operas, operettas and zarzuelas from the Baroque to the contemporary, including several world premieres.  His international credits include shows in Argentina (both at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires and the Teatro Argentino, La Plata), Albania (National Opera), Austria, Canada, Costa Rica (Opera Nacional), Finland, Germany, Mexico (Bellas Artes), and Sweden. In the US he has directed for such companies as Baltimore; Billings (Montana), Festival Opera (California), Chattanooga, Eugene, Knoxville, Memphis, Orlando, Shreveport, Pennsylvania Festival, Sacramento, Spring Opera and Western Opera Theater of San Francisco, Utah Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Virginia Opera, etc.

From 1982 to 2000 Mr. Helfgot was the Resident Director and Director of Production for Opera San José where he created 60 productions defining the company's artistic output, established all its production departments and led the design process for the renovation of its performing venues, the Montgomery and the California Theaters of San José. From 1995 to 2005, he produced and directed most of the main repertoire of zarzuelas for the Zarzuela Festival in Napa, CA and since 2006 he has directed for every season of the Utah's Opera Festival.

He was also Producer and Director for the Pennsylvania Opera Theater in Pittsburgh, PA. And in Argentina, he was Production Director and Artistic Coordinator for the Opera, Ballet and Symphony seasons at the Teatro Argentino and directed the Project for the Design and Development of the Center for Performing Arts in La Plata, where he also founded the Teatro Musical de Cámara and the Festival Musical de Noviembre, and was Resident Assistant Director and Rehearsals Coordinator for the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
His directorial work also includes tango and cabaret shows and he has written and perform scripts and narrations for different stage genres.

Helfgot produced several opera radio programs and directed opera broadcasts of his own operatic productions for television in Argentina and an award winning production for PBS in the US.

As a journalist, also in Argentina, he was the editor of the Sunday's edition of the daily El Dí­a where he wrote extensively about music and the arts and also founded and directed the by-monthly Ritmo, a magazine dedicated to the performing arts and architecture.

 Helfgot translates opera libretti from Italian, Spanish, German and French for English and Spanish supertitles and writes operatic dialogue versions for the English, Spanish and German repertoire.

He is also the author of the libretto for the opera The Tale of the Nutcracker with music by Craig Bohmler premiered in 1999. He has received the Opera Director of the Year 2009 award from the Classical Singer Magazine, an award from the Arts Council Silicon Valley and has been honored with the Koret Israel Prize.

Mr. Helfgot is the author of The Third Line: The Opera Performer as Interpreter, a definitive book on the training of singers, originally published by Schirmer Books followed by a revised edition titled The Third Line: The Singer as Interpreter, a book widely used by individuals, universities and conservatories.

His teaching experience includes a guest professorship at the Musikhochschule of the Vienna University, Austria and the leadership of the Vocal and Vocal Accompanying Programs at the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, California. He is constantly in demand throughout US campuses, with guest appearances at the National Academy of the Arts in Taipei, Taiwan; the Instituto Superior de Arte, Teatro Colón, Argentina; the Academy of Music in Aaland, Finland, etc.

Helfgot is an advisor and lecturer for OperaNeo, San Diego, CA. and serves on the advisory boards of OperaWorks, Los Angeles, CA. and the San José Chamber Orchestra.
       Repertoire directed
  • Argento, WATERBIRD TALK
  • Arrieta, MARINA
  • Barab, CHANTICLEER
  • Barber, VANESSA
  • Barbieri, EL BARBERILLO DE LAVAPIES
  • Bizet, CARMEN
  • Bizet, LES PECHEURS DE PERLES
  • Blackburn, PIROUETTE
  • Britten, ALBERT HERRING
  • Britten, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
  • Britten, THE TURN OF THE SCREW
  • Bush, IF THE CAP FITS
  • Caballero, GIGANTES Y CABEZUDOS
  • Cavalli, L'ORMINDO
  • Cavalli, LA DIDONE
  • Chueca, LA GRAN VIA
  • Chueca, LA ALEGRIA DE LA HUERTA
  • Cimarosa, IL MAESTRO DI CAPPELLA
  • Davies, CARLOTA -premiere
  • Donizetti, DON PASQUALE
  • Donizetti, L'ELISIR D'AMORE
  • Donizetti, LA FILLE DU REGIMENT
  • Donizetti, LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
  • Donizetti, RITA
  • Franzetti, COURPUS EVITA - premiere
  • Dougherty, MANY MOONS
  • Gay, THE BEGGAR'S OPERA
  • Gershwin, PORGY AND BESS
  • Giménez, LUIS ALONSO
  • Gounod, FAUST
  • Gounod, ROMEO ET JULIETTE
  • Granados, GOYESCAS
  • Halévy, LA JUIVE
  • Handel, XERXES
  • Haydn, LO SPEZIALE
  • Haydn, LA CANTERINA
  • Henderson, WEST OF WASHINGTON SQUARE -premiere
  • Hindemith, HIN UND ZURÜCK
  • Hoiby, THE SCARF
  • Humperdinck, HANSEL UND GRETEL
  • Lehar, DIE LUSTIGE WITWE
  • Leoncavallo, PAGLIACCI
  • Mascagni, CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA
  • Mechem, TARTUFFE
  • Menotti, AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS
  • Menotti, THE MEDIUM
  • Menotti, THE OLD MAID AND THE THIEF
  • Menotti, THE TELEPHONE
  • Mollicone, HOTEL EDEN -premiere
  • Mollicone, STARBIRD
  • Mollicone, THE FACE ON THE BARROOM FLOOR
  • Monteverdi, L'INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA
  • M. Torroba, LA CHULAPONA
  • M. Torroba, LUISA FERNANDA
  • Mozart, COSI FAN TUTTE
  • Mozart, DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL
  • Mozart, DON GIOVANNI
  • Mozart, THE IMPRESARIO
  • Mozart, LA FINTA GIARDINIERA
  • Mozart, LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
  • Mozart, DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
  • Nicolai, DIE LUSTIGEN WEIBER VON WINDSOR
  • Offenbach, LA PERICHOLE
  • Offenback, LA PERMISSION DE DIX HEURES
  • Offenbach, LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN
  • Paisiello, LA SERVA PADRONA
  • Paulus, THE VILLAGE SINGER
  • Pergolesi, LA SERVA PADRONA
  • Poulenc, LA VOIX HUMAINE
  • Puccini, GIANNI SCHICCHI
  • Puccini, IL TABARRO
  • Puccini, LA BOHEME
  • Puccini, MADAMA BUTTERFLY
  • Puccini, MANON LESCAUT
  • Puccini, LA RONDINE
  • Puccini, SUOR ANGELICA
  • Puccini, TOSCA
  • Purcell, DIDO AND AENEAS
  • Ravel, L'HEURE ESPAGNOLE
  • Reese, THE THREE FAT WOMEN OF ANTIBES -premiere
  • Rodriguez, SUOR ISABELLA
  • Rossini, IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA
  • Rossini LA CENERENTOLA
  • Rossini, IL TURCO IN ITALIA
  • Roumanis, PHÆDRA -premiere
  • Serrano, LA DOLOROSA 
  • Sirota, THE CLEVER MISTRESS
  • Strauss J., DIE FLEDERMAUS
  • Stravinsky, THE RAKE'S PROGRESS
  • Tchaikovsky, EUGENE ONEGIN
  • Valverde, AGUA, AZUCARILLOS Y AGUARDIENTE
  • Valverde, LA GRAN VIA
  • Verdi, AIDA
  • Verdi, UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
  • Verdi, MACBETH
  • Verdi, OTELLO
  • Verdi, RIGOLETTO
  • Verdi, LA TRAVIATA
  • Verdi, IL TROVATORE
  • Verdi, SIMON BOCCANEGRA
  • Vives, DOñA FRANCISQUITA
  • Von Weber, DER FREISCHÜTZ
  • Wagner, DAS RHEINGOLD
  • Wagner, TANNHAUSER
  • Ward, ROMAN FEVER
  • Ward, THE CRUCIBLE
  • Weill, THE THREEPENNY OPERA
  • Wolf-Ferrari, I QUATTRO RUSTEGHI





 
   Production venues
  • Albania, National Opera, Tirana
  • Amarillo Opera, Texas
  • Baltimore Opera
  • Berkeley Opera, California
  • Buenos Aires Lírica, Argentina
  • Canada, Hamilton Music Festival, Ontario
  • Canada, Opera Plume, Quebec
  • Chamber Symphony, San Francisco
  • Chattanooga Opera, Tennessee
  • Costa Rica, Opera Nacional
  • Dortmund Opera, Germany
  • Eugene Opera, Oregon
  • Finland, Opera Ax, Aaland
  • Inland Opera Company, California
  • Knoxville Opera, Tennessee
  • Marin Opera, California
  • Mexico, Opera Nacional, Mexico City
  • New West Symphony, California
  • Opera Idaho
  • Opera Memphis, Tennessee
  • Opera San José, California
  • Opera Theater West, California
  • Orlando Opera
  • Pennsylvania Opera Festival
  • Rimrock Opera, Montana
  • Rogue Opera, Medford, Oregon
  • Sacramento Opera, California
  • San José Chamber Orchestra
  • Scholar Opera, California
  • Shreveport Opera, Louisiana
  • Spring Opera Theater, San Francisco
  • Stanford Opera Theater, California
  • Summer Festival, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Sweden, Opera Pa Unsgkar
  • Teatro Argentino, La Plata, Argentina
  • Teatro Municipal, Bahía Blanca, Argentina
  • Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Teatro Roma, Avellaneda, Argentina
  • Utah Opera
  • Utah Festival Opera
  • Ventura Symphony, California
  • Virginia Opera
  • Wagner Society, San Francisco
  • West Bay Opera, California
  • Western Opera Theater, San Francisco
  • Zarzuela Festival, Napa, California
 
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Daniel Helfgot
OPERA DIRECTOR
       Academic production venues
  • Musikhochschule, Vienna University, Austria
  • Music Academy of the West, California
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia
  • Stanford University, California
  • New England Conservatory, Boston
  • California State University, Northridge, CA
  • Sacramento State University, California
  • San José State University, California
  • University of Redlands, California
  • Utah State University
  • University of Tennessee Opera, Knoxville, TN
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