Daniel is perceptive, cultured, generous and an enthusiastic lover of the singing voice—all the traits one wants in a teacher!
— Josephine Mongiardo
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Voice teacher


DANIEL SHIGO is an accomplished voice teacher, bass-baritone, scholar, and author. Dubbed the vocal Indiana Jones for finding the lost teachings of the father of voice science, Daniel is currently at work on his second book which explores his rediscovery of the Classical Italian Song School with a grant from the Agnes Varis Trust.

Daniel made his solo debut in Spoleto, Italy with the Festival dei Due Mondi, in Gabriel Fauré's Requiem. A member of the New York City Opera and Metropolitan Opera, he appeared in over forty-five solo roles in seventy productions. Extensive experience as solo and ensemble member in both classical and musical theater genres gives Daniel a uncommon perspective; the skill and knowledge he brings to students is that of a tempered artist with more than twenty-five years experience as a performing artist and teacher.

Daniel is the Founding Editor of VOICEPrints, has served on NYSTA's board of directors, and blogs at VOICETALK: Historical Perspectives on the Art of Singing.

A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and American Guild of Musical Artists, Daniel lives and teaches on the upper west side of Manhattan near Lincoln Center, where you can also find him researching and writing at the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts.


Daniel integrates the principles of the Classical Italian Song School with current research in voice science.

His studio is founded on the teachings of Franceso Lamperti, Manuel García, Pauline Viardot-García, Anna Schoen-René, and Margaret Harshaw—an august lineage that is illumined through the revolutionary perspective of Alfred Tomatis—the Einstein of the Ear and Father of Psychoacoustics who explored the relationship between the ear, body, mind and voice. 

Daniel's approach is represented in his studio logo by a Fibonacci sequence—a golden spiral—which represents the inner workings of the ear, consciousness, and transformation. 

Daniel excels in enabling students to find their voice, sing on a high artistic level, and become performing artists.



VOICETALK: Historical Perspectives on the Art of Singing

A historical vocal pedagogy blog with more than 800,000 readers that gives students and teachers of singing primary sources, original content, and downloadable texts relating to the old Italian school of singing.  Special emphasis is given to the Manual García and Franceso Lamperti schools of singing. 

VOICETALK also explores the role of the ear in singing, tracing a clear line between the teachings of the old Italian school of singing and the work of Alfred Tomatis—a pioneer in the field of psychoacoustics.


HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT: The Hermann Klein Phono-Vocal Method Based upon the Famous School of Manuel García

Hermann Klein brought the García Method from London to New York City in 1901, where he mounted an effort to organize voice teachers and wrote a manual for singers and teachers using gramophone recordings. Revealing original bel canto teachings from the father of voice science, Klein's manual was lost for more than a century when his efforts to standardize voice teaching failed and he returned to London. It was rediscovered by Daniel Shigo and published with an introduction in 2013. Rare contralto recordings by Janet Spencer were also discovered and can be heard at Soundcloud and Youtube.