American bass-baritone Daniel Mobbs has won praise on both sides of the Atlantic for his "solid, resonant voice and boundless energy...his stage presence virtually ensured that he was the focal point of nearly every scene in which he appeared," as written in the New York Times.
During the 2016-2017 season, Mr. Mobbs returned to both Opera Philadelphia, as Orbazzano in Tancredi, and Portland Opera, as Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte. He also joinws the Lyric Opera of Chicago for its production of Don Quichotte, as well as Opera Delaware and Baltimore Concert Opera as Assur in Semiramide. In concert, he appeared with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra for the Brahms Requiem, and sang Handel's Messiah with the Jacksonville Symphony.
During the 2014-2015 season, Mr. Mobbs made an anticipated return to the Metropolitan Opera for its new production of The Merry Widow as Kromow, where he also participated in the company's production of La donna del Lago. Additionally, he made his debut with Los Angeles Opera as Baron Douphol in Marta Domingo's production of La traviata, conducted by James Conlon. He closed the season in a return to Caramoor as Balthasar in La Favorite and the Marquis de la Force in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites.
Mr. Mobbs has also enjoyed a long relationship with the Caramoor International Music Festival. In recent seasons he has been seen as Lycomedes in Handel's Deidamia, in the American premiere of Donizetti's Elisabetta, Ernesto in Il Pirata, Elmiro in Rossini's Otello, Lodovico in Verdi's Otello and recitals entitled Shakespeare's Songs and Love, Death, Heaven and Hell.
Past performances include: his Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2003-04 season as Cascada in performances of The Merry Widow followed by Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Lakmé with Baltimore Opera and Finzi's In terra pax with the New York Choral Society; Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with New York City Opera, Kentucky Opera, Arizona Opera, the Spier Festival in South Africa and Baltimore Opera, where he has also sung Dandini in La Cenerentola. He has also bowed in Turandot with the Washington National Opera and Pittsburgh Opera. Other credits include Taddeo in L'italiana in Algeri, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, and Ping in Turandot with New York City Opera; Papageno with Washington National Opera; Dominik in Arabella with Santa Fe Opera; Valentin in Faust with Grand Rapids; Danilo in The Merry Widow with Shreveport Opera; Belcore in L'Elisir d'Amore with Kentucky Opera; and Sid in Albert Herring with both Cleveland Opera and Kentucky Opera.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, his awards include first place in both the College Division of the MacAllister Awards and the Mario Lanza Scholarship. He is a winner of the Sullivan Foundation Award and also a recipient of a grant from the Puccini Foundation. In 2008, New York City Opera awarded him the Kolozsvar Award, recognizing his "memorable performance of multiple roles in Purcell's King Arthur." He is a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.