Award Recipient 2012

The Brian Stacey Award 2012 – Winner


Daniel Carter: (Born 1989). Graduate of Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) having studied composition and piano.  During 2010 and 2011 he was a Developing Artist Conductor/Repetiteur with Victorian Opera, working as the assistant conductor on more than a dozen operas, conducting youth opera performances and studying with Richard Gill. Daniel has been a member of the Symphony Services International Core Conductors Program since 2009, working with orchestras in Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Sydney and Auckland.

Daniel debuted with the Victorian Youth opera commission, a world premiere of Stuart Greenbaum’s Parrot Factory and has since conducted education performances of Hansel and Gretel, La Cenerentola and The Magic Flute as well as conducting for the New Opera Ventures Program.

In 2011 Daniel conducted performances of Threepenny Opera at Sydney Theatre Company as well as preparing the chorus for the Australian Ballet’s ‘Elegy’, working on ‘Assembly’ for the Melbourne Festival and presenting his first Sydney Symphony schools concert in Newcastle.

2012 sees Daniel working in various conducting capacities for Opera Australia, Sydney Symphony Education, the Melbourne and Sydney Festivals, The Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne Youth Music and Victorian Opera. Daniel was awarded a scholarship to study with Elliott Carter and conductors from The New York Metropolitan Opera in May 2012 in preparation for his main stage debut conducting a double bill of Manuel de Falla and the Australian Premiere of Elliott Carter’s only opera.

Daniel’s mainstage debut took place on 15 August at the Melbourne Recital Centre Master Peter’s Puppet Show and What Next? (Elliot Carter)

“Conductor Daniel Carter makes an auspicious mainstage debut, leading the redoubtable Orchestra Victoria in a confident, unflustered manner. Carter’s management of the orchestra, six singers and four percussionists on stage in ‘What Next?” is quite extraordinary.” Simon Parris: Man in Chair (Music Theatre and Opera Reviews, News and Views) 16 August 2012.