DANIEL SHIGO’s studio integrates the principles of the Italian classical song-schools, scientific understanding of vocal function, and the healing power of music in a supportive environment.
Daniel’s principle vocal studies were conducted with Margaret Harshaw, whose career as a vocal pedagogue was as illustrious as her tenure singing mezzo-soprano and dramatic soprano Wagnerian roles with the Metropolitan Opera. Harshaw was a student of Anna Schoen-René, who transmitted to her students the teachings of three legendary vocal maestri: Pauline Viardo-García, Manuel García, and Francesco Lamperti.
Daniel’s studio is also informed by the work of Alfred Tomatis: the Einstein of the Ear who explored the integral relationship between the ear, body, mind, and voice.
He made his solo debut with the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, then sang with the New York City Opera and Metropolitan Opera for 23 seasons. Daniel is the author of Hidden in Plain Sight: The Hermann Klein Phono-Vocal Method Based upon the Famous School of Manuel Garcia, which reveals lost teachings of the father of voice science. Currently working on his second book with a generous grant from the Agnes Varis Trust, Daniel blogs at VOICETALK: Historical Perspectives on the Art of Singing, which gives students and teachers of the voice primary source material, downloadable texts, and has over 900,000 readers.