Dan H. Marek has appeared as a principal tenor with leading opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, where he sang nineteen roles, including the inaugural performance of the Met at Lincoln Center in Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra. Other companies include the New York City Opera, the Salzburg Opera in Austria and France, the Baltimore Opera, Central City Opera, the Southern California Opera, and the Kentucky Opera. Mr. Marek is also a versatile orchestral soloist, chosen by Leopold Stokowski for a memorable Beethoven Ninth in Carnegie Hall and for many performances of Messiah in such venues as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall,and the Mormon Tabernacle to critical acclaim.
As a recitalist, Dan Marek is equally at home in French, Italian, German or English repertoire. He has sung many of the great song cycles including such diverse works as Beethoven’s An Die Ferne Geliebte, Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin, Die Winterreise, and Schwanengesang, Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Brahms’ Four Serious Songs, Vaughan-William’s On Wenlock Edge and Four Hymns, and Gruenberg’s Animals and Insects. Mr. Marek has also commissioned Three Marian Eulogies by Daniel S. Godfrey, performed for the College Music Society Convention.
Current and former voice students of Dan H. Marek perform at major opera houses (Metropolitan, New York City Opera, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, La Scala, Berlin Komische, Bonn, and Royal Opera, Stockholm, Sweden). Mr. Marek has been on the voice faculty of Mannes College of Music since 1974 and was appointed chairman of the voice department, a newly created post. Marek was formerly adjunct Associate Professor of Voice at City University of New York. He was also on the faculty of The American Institute of Musical Studies, Graz, Austria and formerly head of the voice department at Syracuse University, where he held the rank of Associate Professor. Syracuse students of Professor Marek won several important national competitions including The National Opera Association and The Chicago Lyric Competition.
In 1979, Dan H. Marek founded The Mozart Opera Project.at Mannes whose graduates are singing in major opera houses the world over. In 2004, Dan Marek began a series of annual master classes at the Opera På Skäret Festival in Sweden and students of the classes are singing professionally in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe.
Articles by Dan H. Marek on vocal subjects appear regularly in Classical Singer magazine and have been published in The Music Journal and The NATS Journal. In January 2007 Mr. Marek published Singing: The First Art, a comprehensive book on vocal history and singing technique, published by Scarecrow Press. In 2013 Mr. Marek published Giovanni Battista Rubini and the Bel Canto Tenors: History and Technique and, in October, 2016, Alto: Voice of Bel Canto. Both were published by Rowman and Littlefield .