The Austrian baritone Daniel Schmutzhard studied with Karlheinz Hanser and Ralf Döring. He participated in masterclasses with Brigitte Fassbaender and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and is a prizewinner of numerous international competitions, including the Mozart competition in Salzburg 2006 and Thomas Quasthoff’s newly founded International Song Competition ‘Das Lied’ in 2009.
Since 2005, he has been a member of the ensemble of the Vienna Volksoper, singing roles such as Papageno, Ping, Falke, Figaro, Marcello, Harlekin, and Danilo. Guest contracts quickly took him to the Theater an der Wien, the Salzburg Festival, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, and the Deutsche Staatsoper Unter den Linden. He has worked with such directors and conductors as Vincent Boussard, Robert Carsen, William Kentridge, Christoph Schlingensief, Jossi Wieler, Daniel Barenboim, Bertrand de Billy, René Jacobs, Simon Rattle, and Franz Welser-Möst.
He has also established a solid reputation on the international scene as a concert and oratorio singer with a broad repertoire from Bach and Haydn to Fauré and Mahler.