Daniel J. Kushner

Arts journalist, poet, opera librettist

Daniel J. Kushner is a Buffalo-born arts journalist and music critic whose work has been featured in such publications as Opera News, NewMusicBox, The Huffington Post, Symphony, and The Buffalo News. Daniel’s writings often focus on the contemporary classical music scene, as well as non-classical music and visual art. He trained as a tenor during his undergraduate studies, and he completed his M.A. at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Daniel is also an opera librettist, having co-created "The Fox and the Pomegranate"­—a new allegory, in two acts, about the multifaceted nature of love and the ambiguities of infidelity–with Brooklyn-based composer Matt Frey. The opera was featured at Fort Worth Opera in May 2013 as part of its very first Frontiers showcase. As a winner of the inaugural Domenic J. Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize in November 2014, the first act of "The Fox and the Pomegranate" was premiered at the Crane School of Music. Daniel's first collection of poetry, entitled "All Your Changing Faces," was released in June 2016. He currently lives in Rochester, NY.