Performing artist by day, filmmaker by night and cantor on the weekends, Daniel Mendelson is an artist, through and through. Daniel’s tenor voice can be heard regularly on The Howard Stern Show (where he is a contributor), and his vocal repertoire is expanding every day. The son of two cantors with operatic backgrounds (who met at Juilliard), Daniel lives both behind and in-front of the camera.
Mr. Mendelson is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he received a BFA in Film/Video Directing. Even as a filmmaker, the vocal arts haven’t escaped his work. In his short film, “Rehearsing”, Daniel starred as a severely neurotic opera singer trying to make his way. “Rehearsing” was nominated for Best Film and Best Director at the 2006 Dusty Awards. It has since screened at Makor and the Max Ophuls Preis Film Festival in Saarbrucken, Germany. Daniel’s feature-length documentary, “Voice Teacher”, about his own eccentric voice coach, Donald Neil Roberts, premiered at the Syracuse International Film Festival and has since screened at the Louisville Film Festival and the “World Eye” Jewish Film Festival in Ashkelon, Israel.
Daniel’s singing repertoire runs the gamut, from opera to broadway, to country and rock/pop. As a performing artist, Mr. Mendelson has sung in concerts all over the United States and in Europe. His discography includes “Birthday of the World Part I” with Leonard Nimoy narrating, “Hazzonos” with Frank London, hailed as “…jazz album of the year” by Wired Magazine, as well as “Further Definitions of the Days of Awe” with The Afro-Semitic Experience.
When shenanigans ensue on the Howard Stern airwaves, Daniel’s song parodies are almost always heard. After playing one of his operatic anthems on the air, Howard hailed him as, “The GREAT Daniel Mendelson: A true operatic genius!”