Daniel Cabanillas

Come Home for the Holidays - December 5th

Daniel Cabanillas was born in Tegucigalpa, DC.   Honduras, Central America on May13th 1970.  His father Silvestre Cabanillas was born in Cajamarca, Peru and his mother Maria Teresa Medina was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  Daniel is the first born of 3 boys; his other brothers are Carlos Fernando Cabanillas and Eduardo Alfonso Cabanillas.  Since Daniel was 10 months old, he showed strong inclination to music.   

Daniel had an easy and calm temperament since those early years, to the point that his mother could take him to choir practices and church services and he will stay calm in his stroller seat.   Upon return home Daniel tried to sing or imitate what he had heard during the choir rehearsal.  He grew up listening to classical music and opera and other Christian musicians and singers from his church such as Robert Folkenberg, King Heralds Male Quartet and Del Delker, alto soloist.   His mother is a strong fan of Tchaikovsky, Verdi and Puccini and Christian music.  By the age of 6 years old Daniel was already playing hymns with his mother at his church�s organ.  Daniel didn�t play the piano-forte until 14 years old when he enrolled at the Escuela Nacional de Musica in Tegucigalpa. Rapidly he became well sought in his church community and school to play for services and other performances.  He had a pure crystal clear boy soprano voice, it was so clear and ear piercing high that his classmates would laugh at him whenever he sang.  Now he makes them cry with his strong/mellow metallic tenor�s voice.  However, he was always asked to sing at church, school and community events.  At the age of 8 years old the principal of his school asked Daniel to sing in a competition of talent in the elementary schools level in Tegucigalpa.  He went and sang in the Teatro Nacional Manuel Bonilla.  It was hard for young Daniel to stand in front of the judges and so many people and sing for them.  It was during Christmas time when this happened so Daniel chose: Duerme Santo Ni�o, a Mexican carol recorded by Robert Folkenberg, that he learned by listening to his LP over and over.  Since he didn�t have sheet music he sang it a Capella, he won the hearts of the judges and the theater, taking first place in the competition, this carol is included in his Christmas Album �O Night of Love� His crystal voice was compared with that of the great soprano from his father�s home town: Yma Sumac.  She is from Cajamarca, Peru.  She is well known for singing 5 octaves in her registration.  Daniel right now can sing 4 octaves in his registration.     

He came back later to the same theater in his home town to sing a solo with his school choir, it was a children�s choir competition.  He took again first place.  And later he came back in Dec. of 1992 to sing for the first time the role of Alfredo in La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi in the first opera production of the Fundacion Musical de Honduras, when he was only 22 years old.  A very demanding role for any young tenor.