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DANIEL JAMES SHIGO is a vocal pedagogue, scholar of historical vocal pedagogy, and the author of Hidden in Plain Sight: The Hermann Klein Phono-Vocal Method Based upon the Famous School of Manuel Garcia. He is currently at work on his second book.

Daniel made his debut with the Festival dei Due Mondi, Spoleto, Italy, singing the baritone solos in Gabriel Fauré's Requiem. He subsequently became a member of the New York City Opera and Metropolitan Opera. Equally at home in both classical and musical theater styles, Daniel has appeared in concert and recital on both sides of the Atlantic, and in a rare staging of Kurt Weill's Lady in the Dark on Broadway. 

He is the Founding Editor of VOICEPrints—The Official Journal of the New York Singing Teachers Association; has served on  NYSTA's board of directors; and blogs at VOICETALK: Historical Perspectives on the Art of Singing, which began as a column in VOICEPrints.

Daniel  lives in New York City on the Upper West Side of Manhattan near Lincoln Center, where he teaches singing and practices Ashtanga yoga. 


VOICETALK: Historical Perspectives on the Art of Singing

A vocal pedagogy blog which gives students and teachers of singing primary & secondary sources, original content, and downloadable texts relating to the Old Italian School of Singing, with special emphasis given to the Manual García and Franceso Lamperti schools of singing. 

VOICETALK also explores the role of the ear in singing, tracing a clear line between the work of Tomatis and Old School empiricism.  

Click the link below to access more than one hundred free historical vocal pedagogy texts. 


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SHIGO VOICE STUDIO: Historic Teachings from a Revolutionary Perspective

Daniel's studio utilities the principles of bel canto as taught by the legendary teachers Manuel García, Pauline Viardot-García and Francesco Lamperti, which are illuminated through the work of Alfred Tomatis—the Einstein of the Ear.

His students are Classical & Musical Theater artists who sing in many different genres. 


Hidden in Plain Sight: The Hermann Klein Phono-Vocal Method Based upon the Famous School of Manuel García

Klein brought García's principles to New York City and wrote a manual for singers using gramophone recordings. Considered "lost" for more than a century, it was discovered and republished in 2013.  Twenty original contralto recordings by Janet Spencer were also found and can now be heard at Soundcloud and Youtube. 

The introduction to this pedagogic treatise reads like a detective novel.
— The Journal of Singing