Born in Austria, Daniel Schmutzhard was a soloist with the Wilterner Sängerknaben (the Wilten Boys' Choir) from an early age. He began his studies at the conservatory in Innsbruck and subsequently continued at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (the University of Music and Performing Arts) in Vienna. In 2005, he played at the Volksoper Wien (the Vienna Volksoper), then at the Oper Frankfurt. His international career then began: Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Staatsoper Berlin (Berlin State Opera), Salzburger Festspiele (Salzburg Festival), Bayreuther Festspiele (Bayreuth Festival), Bayerische Staatsoper (Bavarian State Opera), Bregenzer Festspiele, and the New National Theatre in Tokyo, among others.
He sings a very wide repertoire, both in opera and in concert, under the direction of great conductors such as Rattle, Weigle, Barenboim, Jacobs, Petrenko or Jurowsky and directors such as Kosky, Wieler, Kentridge or Bieito: He gives Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Don Giovanni, Marcello (La Bohème), Wolfram (Tannhäuser), Eugene Onegin, or Die Schöpfung, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, War Requiem, among many others.
In the 2021-22 season, he performs Corpo (Rappresentatione di anima, et di corpo) in the new production at the Theater an der Wien, with Il Giardino Armonico and directed by Carsen; Alberich (Rheingold) in concert with Concerto Köln in Cologne and at Het Concertgebouw (Royal Concertgebouw) under Nagano; the title role in Svanda Dudák at the Komische Oper Berlin in Homoki's new staging.
Daniel Schmutzhard lives with his wife Annette Dasch and their two young children in Frankfurt.