Hailed for his "magnificent purity of expression" (Fanfare Magazine) and "stirring delivery" (Boston Globe), tenor Joe Dan Harper is a versatile and engaging interpreter of a wide-ranging repertoire
from Schubert to Britten. Mr. Harper has performed widely with such groups as The
Boston Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Boston Academy of Music, Central City Opera,
Handel & Haydn Society, South Carolina Opera, Utah Festival Opera and Utah Opera,
and has been heard in such venues as Boston's Jordan Hall, Berlin's Gorki Theater,
and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
Harper has premiered works by some of America's most prominent composers, including
Thea Musgrave, Stephen Paulus, Daniel Pinkham, Libby Larsen, Ned Rorem, Robert Deemer
and Lior Navok. He has been a featured performing artist and member of the faculty
at at SongFest in Malibu, California and the soundSCAPE new music festival in Pavia, Italy. A passionate
interpreter of song repertoire with a noted gift for expressive and poetic diction,
his discography includes Florestan Recital Project's "The Complete Songs of Daniel
Pinkham, volumes 1 and 2," Daniel Pinkham's opera The Garden Party in the role of "Adam" on the Arsis label and Wesley Fuller's setting of five poems
by William Carlos Williams, A Solace of Ripe Plums, released on Capstone Record.
Mr. Harper performs frequently with his wife, pianist Anne Kissel. Highly regarded
as interpreters of contemporary music, the Kissel-Harper duo has premiered works by
numerous composers including Daniel Pinkham, Ned Rorem, Libby Larsen, and Stephen
Paulus. Over the past ten years, they have performed at a wide variety of venues throughout
the United States and in Germany, and have been featured on National Public Radio
(WGBH Boston) Live Performances with Richard Knisely. Harper and Kissel were Co-Founders and served as Artistic Co-Directors
for ten years of the Boston based Florestan Recital Project.
Harper was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Germany, has been a Fellow at the Steans
Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center.
He holds degrees in performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston
and Southern Methodist University. He has been a member of The State University of
New York at Fredonia voice faculty since 2004.