Dan Shelvey


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


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Born in Liverpool, Dan Shelvey has recently graduated from the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he is supported by the GSMD, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and Musicians Benevolent.  Before attending the GSMD, Dan graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a first-class degree. He is currently studying at the National Opera Studio.

Dan is winner of the Richard Van Allan prize 2015, the Robin Kay 2013 Memorial Prize for Opera and the 2012 Frederick Cox Award for Singing, and was awarded second place in the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Prize for Singers 2013.

A 2014 Glyndebourne Jerwood Young Artist, Dan has performed Flora’s Servant La traviata; Morales (cover) Carmen for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and sang the role of Marchese d’Obigny in their 2017 production of La traviata.  Other roles include Junius The Rape of Lucretia GSMD; Ulisse Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria; Sid Albert Herring; Boris Paradise Moscow at the RNCM; and Aeneas Dido and Aeneas for Silk Opera.

Dan has sung as a soloist in many of the UK’s leading concert venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Colston Hall and the Bridgewater Hall.  Recent solo concert highlights include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Hallé and at the Royal Festival Hall for the BBC, an Oxford Lieder Festival recital, and a recital for the Glyndebourne Jerwood Young Artist recital series at Brighton Pavilion.

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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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