Location: New York, USA
Daniel Molkentin, teaches English and German diction in the Mannes College Extension Division and has served as the German diction coach for many ensembles, including the Bard Summer Music Festival, Berkshire Choral Festival, Clarion Music Society, Liederkranz Opera Theatre, Manhattan School of Music Symphonic Chorus, Oratorio Society of New York, and Westchester Choral Society. Through his work with these ensembles he had the opportunities to collaborate with conductors Leon Botstein, Stephen Fox, Vance George, Jane Glover, Liz Hastings, Frank Nemhauser, Stephen Smith, and Kent Tritle on a wide range of works. Mr. Molkentin’s passion for teaching diction led him join forces with Trudy Weaver Miller to co-found and develop SingersBabel, a website dedicated to providing singers and musicians with lyric diction resources and tools for preparing texts in foreign languages. His translations and pronunciation guides of German choral and solo works such as Matthäus Passion, Die Schöpfung, Ein deutsches Requiem, Dichterliebe, and Winterreise, are being used with increasing frequency around the United States.
Mr. Molkentin also enjoys an active schedule performing works ranging from the 16th to 21st centuries. This season brings performances of Schubert’s Winterreise, Marschner’s Der Vampyr (Gadshill) with the Liederkranz Opera Theatre, and Mozart’s Requiem with Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. Highlights of past seasons include Handel’sJudas Maccabaeus with Berkshire Bach Society, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (arr. Schönberg) with Orchestra Insonica, Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin at Steinway Hall, and Wolfgang Rihm’s song cycle, Das Rot, with Pocket Opera of New York (PONY). In addition, Mr. Molkentin and guitarist/composer Paul Smith present works exclusive to the voice and guitar medium in their collaborative project, Spoon River Duo.