Dan Shelvey


"Shelvey has the height, looks, vocal charm and stage presence..."


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Liverpool born tenor Dan Shelvey was a member of the National Opera Studio in 2017-18, where he worked with companies including Opera North, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera. Shelvey recently retrained as a tenor, having previously studied and performed as a baritone.

In the 2018-19 season Shelvey will make his Royal Opera House debut as Baldr in the world premiere of Gavin Higgins’ new opera The Monstrous Child. He will also make his Japanese debut as Ozzie in a production of Bernstein’s On the Town. Recent highlights include the role of Ecclittico in Haydn’s Il mondo della Luna for New Chamber Opera, in which he was described as “a name to watch” (Seen and Heard International). As a baritone he sang the role of Marchese d’Obigny La traviata at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2017, having previously sung Flora’s Servant La traviata and covered Morales Carmen for the company.

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Baldr, The Monstrous Child

Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre / February 2019

makes a telling contribution as Hel’s giant mother, as does Dan Shelvey with a bright tenor as the loved-by-everyone (well, nearly) god Baldr

David Karlin, Bachtrack, 22 Feb 2019

There are memorable cameos from… Dan Shelvey’s matinee idol Baldr (singing lines shaped as elegantly as the creases in his immaculate trousers)

Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk, 22 Feb 2019

Baldr, the love of her life and beyond, is played with god’s-gift glamour by Dan Shelvey, who, among his other attractions, has a powerful, expressive voice

Peter Reed, Classical Source, 21 February 2019

Dan Shelvey as Baldr, the subject of Hel’s love and Lucy Schaufer as Modgud, the guardian of the world of the dead both have relatively small roles but they make them their own and make them much bigger with their skilful acting, bringing emotion and empathy to their roles and with Shelvey in particular, has a fantastic voice from which I hope we will see a lot more in the future.

Stuart Martin, The London Magazine, 26 February 2019

Eclittico, Il mondo della Luna

New Chamber Opera, Oxford, July 2018

But Daniel Shelvey dominates proceedings with his black-clad, suavely roguish figure of Ecclitico, who yields nothing in confidence and determination as he leads the attempt to fool Bonafede, for the good of the latter’s daughters, their lovers, his servant Lisetta (whom he has kept, Doctor Bartolo-like, under close guard at home since he has designs on her himself), and her lover, Cecco. Shelvey’s astute characterisation and attractive manner of singing surely stand him good stead for much other repertoire, and having already appeared at Glyndebourne, he is clearly a name to watch in the future.

Curtis Rogers, Seen and Heard International

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