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William Jewell grad is 2011 Grammy winner
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
February 14, 2011

Daniel Belcher, a 1992 graduate of William Jewell College and a resident of Liberty, Mo., is a 2011 Grammy Award winner in the Best Opera Recording category. Belcher was recognized for his work as a principal soloist on the recording of Saariaho: L’Amour de Loin. The award recognizes Belcher along with conductor Kent Nagano; soloists Ekaterina Lekhina & Marie-Ange Todorovitch; and producer Martin Sauer. The awards were presented February 13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, with portions of the presentation airing live on CBS. Belcher attended the awards ceremony.

Belcher is a world-renowned opera performer who has appeared with New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. He was recognized with William Jewell’s Citation for Achievement award in 2010. Belcher’s portrayal of John Brooke in Adamo’s Little Women was telecast nationwide as part of the PBS series “Great Performances” and was recorded and released on the Ondine label. The critically acclaimed recording of L’Amour de Loin previously received the Diapason d’Or award from Diapason Magazine. In the 2009-10 season, Belcher appeared as Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and will appear as Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algeri with Utah Symphony & Opera, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Portland Opera and will return to Houston Grand Opera and also debut with Opera Colorado in future seasons. Belcher received his master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music.

For more information on Belcher, go to www.danielbelcherbaritone.com.

William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college’s location within the Kansas City metroplex of more than two million.

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