Daniel Lipton

Daniel Lipton


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 What makes Maestro Daniel Lipton such a remarkable conductor, one who stands above the rest? Is it his tall, attractive demeanor, his charismatic smile which immediately engages an audience?  Is it the incredible way he communicates with the orchestras he works with, demonstrated by:    - receiving a letter from the Arturo Toscanini Orchestra, lauding him for his outstanding musicianship and his generous humanity (Parma, “La Bohème”);    - being offered flowers with a card of appreciation and a Parker pen with his initials (Opera Royal de Wallonie - Liege, at final performance of "Lucia di Lammermoor”);     - being taken to dinner by the orchestra members after his first symphony concert with them (Staatshtheater Kassel), later voted 100% that he be their chief conductor;    - being invited by the orchestra backstage for coffee and cake during the intervals   (Montreal Symphony Orchestra performances of Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette");           Is it the fact that all the orchestras he has been head of, including others, voted 100% that he be their chief conductor? Is it that he has been called, by several leading critics: best Verdi conductor (James Helme Sutcliffe - Opera, London); best conductor of the year (Opern Welt, 2 years in a row); "specialist of every composer he conducts" (Aldo Maggiorotti, Toronto)?   Is it because he could conduct an opera he had never seen nor heard, on 24 hours’ notice (Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, “La Cenerentola”)   Is it the fact he has some 60 operas and 12 pages of orchestral music in his repertoire?   Is it because he has created opera companies, choruses, symphony orchestras, a ballet company, festivals, in most cases operating in the black?    Is it because he was honored by being awarded the country's highest decoration, presented by the President of that country (the Cross of Boyacà, Colombia)?      Is it because certain artists try to obtain him as their conductor, especially if they are making their debut in a role (Carlos Alvarez - "Rigoletto", Madrid; "Macbeth", Seville)?   Is it because of his uncanny ear and memory, that he has always offered extraordinary casts and discovered talents prior to other major houses (Renee Fleming, Ben Heppner, Juan Pons, etc...)? Is it because, wherever he goes, he creates a relaxed, warm atmosphere of well being, conducive to each giving the best of themselves - soloists, orchestras & choruses - performing above and beyond their highest level? Is it because he speaks five languages fluently?                  Perhaps it is for all these reasons.  
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