Patrick Dailey

Patrick Dailey

Creative Director, Countertenor, Scholar

Patrick Dailey has been described as possessing “a powerful and elegant countertenor voice” (Los Angeles Daily News) and a “VOCAL STANDOUT” (Boston Classical Review). His artistry was identified early through the national NAACP ACT-SO Competition (2005 and 2006), the NFAA ARTS, and Grady-Rayam Prize In Sacred Music of the Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation. Dailey made his professional operatic debut with Opera Saratoga as the first countertenor member of the company's Young Artist program and was the first countertenor invited to Opera New Jersey's Victoria J. Mastrobuono Emerging Artist program. Operatic repertoire includes Oberon in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Nerone in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, and Belize in Eötvös' Angels in America. He performs regularly with Harlem Opera TheaterALIAS Chamber EnsembleMemphis Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Fayetteville Symphony OrchestraSoulful SymphonyArkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he is a featured artist with Cook, Dixon, and Young (formally Three Mo’ Tenors) On January 19, 2009, Mr. Dailey sang a featured duet with Aretha Franklin as the finale for the annual Let Freedom Ring Celebration at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 2014, Mr. Dailey made his west coast operatic debut as Satirino in Cavalli’s La Calisto with Pacific Opera Project of Los Angeles and sang the role of Endiminone with Queens Baroque Opera. He debuted with Opera Memphis in their historic first baroque production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in 2015 won first place in Opera Ebony’s 1st Benjamin Matthews Vocal Competition. At the invitation of Trumpet Foundationfounder and CEO, Xernona Clayton, Mr. Dailey performed the opening invocation for the 2015 Trumpet Awards in Atlanta, GA. 

Mr. Dailey made international debuts in the UK and Brazilian premieres of Hasse’s Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra with the Woodhouse Opera Festival and Il Festival de Ópera Barroca de Belo Horizonte in 2016. Additionally, Mr. Dailey made his Subculture NYC debut at the invitation of Tony Award winning composer Jason Robert Brown as a part of Brown’s broadway cabaret residency. In the spring of 2017, he debuted with Opera Louisianeas Telemaco in Michael Borowitz’s world premiere jazz-gospel orchestration of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria and returned to the U.K. that fall for the international premiere of Soosan Lolavar’s I.D. Please in the Tete a Tete New Opera Festival in London. He is a featured performer in London-based film director Ben Gregor’s award winning documentary Fatherhood to be broadcast on Fuse TV. Most recently, Mr. Dailey sang the role of Mini-B/Boris the Boar in the world premiere of Dan Visconti and Cerise Jacobs’s Permadeath: A Video Game Opera with White Snakes Projects in Boston, MA to great acclaim. His 2018/2019 season included debuts with the Austin Baroque OrchestraShreveport Opera as Kyle in Robert Paterson’s Three Way, and the IRIS Orchestra

In the summers of 2015 and 2016, Mr. Dailey was a young artist with the American Bach Soloists. Concert repertoire includes Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Mass in C, and  Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Mr. Dailey sang the world premiere of Grammy Award winning country songwriter Marcus Hummon’s Frederick Douglas: The Making of an American Prophet in 2016 and debuted with the Grand Rapids Symphony singing Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms in 2017. 

Growing in his reputation as a scholar, he was invited to the Center for Black Music Research's 2013 Black Vocality Symposium to give a performative presentation entitled "The Anatomy of the Black Voice: Peculiarities, Challenges, and Regional Differences". Since that time, he been Artist-in-Residence and presented masterclasses and lectures at institutions such as Southern UniversityPrairie View A&M University, the University of Arkansas, and  Vanderbilt University. He curated and performed the premiere of Dear Mother...Dear Sister...We Hear You! : The Music of Black Women at the 2019 Music by Women Festival at Mississippi University for WomenAdditionallyMr. Dailey served as vocal music curator, soloist, and a national conductor of the official MLK50 Commemoration at the National Civil Rights Museum on April 4, 2018 in Memphis, TN.

Mr. Dailey is a graduate of Morgan State University and received his masters of music in voice and opera from Boston University. Mr. Dailey currently serves on the voice faculty at Tennessee State University (TSU). At TSU, he established the Big Blue Opera Initiatives and the annual Harry T. Burleigh Spiritual Festival. He holds membership in the National Association of Negro Musicians, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, inc.