Daniel Pantano as performed in opera, oratorio and cabaret productions with repertoire that has been most diverse, and from which he has made a home in supporting and character roles. He has worked with such groups as Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Delaware, Augusta Opera, The Pennsylvania Opera Theater, Banff Opera in Canada, Des Moines Metro Opera and The Academy of Vocal Arts Theater.
During his time as an Artist -apprentice with The Des Moines Opera Company, he sang Fiorello in their production The Barber of Seville, which was televised live for PBS and aired nationally.
Before his performing years Mr. Pantano studied
make-up design and apprenticed with Opera Company of Philadelphia. He later did design work for Boston Opera, New Hampshire Opera, Boston University Opera Theater and was the designer for Boston Lyric Opera’s production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle that was performed both in Boston and on Broadway in NYC.
Mr. Pantano served for three years as Board President for The Voices for Children Foundation of Philadelphia. During that period they recorded three Christmas CD’s that had the distinction of being the #1 holiday recordings each year at Tower Records which helped raise over $65,000, which was donated in grant-form to local nonprofit groups working with pediatrics AIDS.
Along with musical ventures his talents have taken him into the food industry, where he was Food Manager at The Bellevue Hotel (Founder's Dining Room), Omni Hotel (Azelea's) and Wharton’s Steinberg Conference Center. While working at the University Park Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa, Daniel was the founder of the only singing waiters group in that state called The Hemingways Singers. They made frequent television appearances and were invited to open the Iowa State Fair two years running. He was also a regular in cooking segments for local morning television, introducing Chilean Wines and Wild Game recipes to the public.
Mr. Pantano was awarded the DiRoNA (Distinguished Restaurants of North America) while at the Bellevue Hotel and has also been listed in Outstanding Young Men in America (1986), and in the National Register’s Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals (2001). Mr. Pantano is a graduate of Boston University and an alumni of the Academy of Vocal Arts and Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Recent singing credits include The Helena Symphony (MT) and The North Penn Symphony (La boheme), River City Brass Band (Gershwin), Main Line Opera Guild (The Gypsy Baron), two recitals for the Lunch Box Concert Series at Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square (2/05, 7/06, 2/07, 7/07, and 7/08). He has been a core member of the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and a regular performer with A Touch of Classics quartet, with recent cabaret appearances (The Best of Broadway, America Forever and A Christmas Remembered) at the Skytop Lodge in the Poconos.
The mission of The Academy of Vocal Arts, founded in 1934 by Helen Corning Warden, is to provide tuition-free vocal and opera training of the highest quality, and financial support during training, to exceptionally talented and committed young singers who have the potential for international stature, and to present them in professional performances that are accessible to a wide community. Gifted singers come from throughout the world to seek the exceptional guidance and training that The Academy of Vocal Arts offers. AVA’s four-year program is unique, not only because it is a fully tuition-free institution that focuses solely on operatic training, but also because it has established a niche as an organization that produces opera. Admission is determined by competitive annual auditions, with an average of 8 to 10 singers admitted each year. The total roster of resident artists is purposely kept low and averages 25-30 in total. Those who are accepted receive training equivalent to more than $70,000 per year. A faculty of individuals who are among the finest in their fields provides intensive training in voice, acting, stage combat, repertoire, languages, and other related subjects necessary for an operatic career.