“It’s not often that a fortunate opera-goer witnesses the birth of a star!”
San Francisco review of Danielle Talamantes' debut as Violetta in "La traviata"
Soprano Danielle Talamantes is an international recitalist who made her Carnegie Hall debut in a sold-out solo recital in 2007. Since then, she has sung as soprano soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Choralis, Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, National Philharmonic Chorale & Orchestra, Oratorio Society of Virginia, Seoul Philharmonic, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Trujillo Symphony Orchestra of Peru, and The United States Army Chorus. In addition, she was the Soprano in Residence for the Summer 2012 and featured guest soloist at the Summer 2014 Marlboro Music Festival in Marlboro, Vermont.
This season, Talamantes performed the role of Anna in Nabucco and reprised the role of Frasquita in Carmen with The Metropolitan Opera. Additional operatic roles this season include a turn in the title role of Carlisle Floyd's Susannah with Opera Roanoke and the role of Marzelline in Beethoven's Fidelio with the Princeton Festival Opera. She also returns to perform with National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale in Händel’s Messiah, Brahms’ Requiem and the DC-area premier of Leshonoff's Zohar. She'll solo in Mozart’s Requiem with Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Verdi’s Requiem with Gloria Musicae, and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with Manchester Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven's Symphony No 9 with the Fairfax Chorale and Orchestra. Additionally, she will be a featured soprano soloist with the Northwest Bach Festival in Spokane and also the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
Ms. Talamantes and Henry Dehlinger perform Heaven and Earth: A Duke Ellington Songbook, a luscious collection of brand-new arrangements of Duke Ellington standards and irreplaceable gems of the American Songbook – written especially for Ms. Talamantes, in recital at multiple venues across the country. They also perform, in recital, a concert of gorgeous Spanish songs featured in their critically-acclaimed MSR Classics album: Canciones españolas. Talamantes and Dehlinger captivate audiences with tales of amorous longing, joy and despair as they bring the lush music and poetry of Spain to life.
Recent season appearances had Talamantes soloing in Haydn’s Creation with Cathedral Choral Society; Händel’s Messiah at Phoenix Symphony and National Philharmonic; Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass at the National Philharmonic; Haydn’s Gloria Musicae with Gloria Musicae in Sarasota; Vaughan William’s Dona Nobis Pacem at Farifax Choral Society; a Bach and Händel concert with Choralis; Carmina Burana at New Dominion Chorale; Bob Chilcott’s Requiem at Alice Tully Hall; Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the City Choir of Washington; Dvořák’s Stabat Mater at North Carolina Master Chorale; Adina in L’elisir d’amore at Gulf Shore Opera; Mimì in La bohéme at St. Petersburg Opera; the soprano lead in a world première production of Janice Hamer’s Lost Childhood with the National Philharmonic in Washington D.C.; a turn as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at Cedar Rapids Opera; Violetta in La traviata at Finger Lakes Opera; and a début at Spoleto Festival USA as Sergente in Veremonda.
Ms. Talamantes has been awarded first prize in several prestigious opera competitions, including: the Irene Dalis Opera San Jose Competition; Irma M. Cooper Opera Columbus Competition; XII Concurso de Trujillo; International Lotte Lehman Cybersing Competition; NATS Artist Award; and the Vocal Arts Society Discovery Series competition. In addition, she has garnered honors and awards in vocal competitions with the National Opera Association, Liederkranz Foundation, Seoul International Music Competition, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Giulio Gari Foundation, Gerda Lissner Foundation, Plácido Domingo’s Operalia and Thomas Quasthoff’s Das Lied.