“It’s not often that an opera-goer is fortunate enough to witness the birth of a star!”
San Francisco review of Danielle Talamantes' debut as Violetta in "La traviata"



It’s not often that a fortunate operagoer witnesses the birth of a star!,” critics hailed for Danielle Talamantes’ recent role début as Violetta in La traviata.  This season, Talamantes debuts with VA Opera as Beatrice in Daniel Catán’s Il postino as well as performs Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen with the Helena Symphony. Additional soloist appearances as soprano soloist with the Pensacola Symphony in Verdi’s Requiem, the Eugene Concert Chorale in a Beethoven Celebration, a world premier for soprano soloist, choir, and orchestra at her Alma Mater, Virginia Tech, the masterwork Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, another world premier of the rhapsody written for soprano and orchestra based on T.S. Eliot’s iconic The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, and finally, a third world premier, Kohelet, by acclaimed composer Henry Dehlinger with the Santa Clara Master Chorale.

This past season, Talamantes performed Violetta in a debut with Hawaii Opera Theatre in their production of La traviata,  Mimì in La bohéme with Fairfax Symphony and in a return to The Metropolitan Opera to reprise the role of Frasquita for their productions of Carmen.  In addition, she appeared as a soloist in multiple classical masterworks including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9  and Faure’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall, Verdi’s Requiem with Fairfax Symphony and the National Philharmonic, Fauré’s Requiem and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with Eugene Concert Choir, Händel’s Messiah with La Jolla Symphony, Elijah with DC-based Choralis, and in the National Philharmonic’s Bernstein Choral Celebration concert.

In recent seasons, Talamantes performed the role of Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio with the Princeton Festival; Mimì in La boheme with the St Petersburg (FL) Opera and Symphony of Northwest Arkansas; the title role of Susannah with Opera Roanoke; Anna in Nabucco and Frasquita in Carmen with The Metropolitan Opera; Violetta in La traviata with Finger Lakes Opera and Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at Cedar Rapids Opera Theater; a début at Spoleto Festival USA as Sergente in Veremonda. Additional concert works include Mozart’s Requiem with Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Cathedral Choral Society, and Fairfax Symphony; Brahms’ Requiem with National Philharmonic, Choralis and St. Mary’s College; Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas brasileiras No. 5, Bach’s Magnificat, and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with the National Philharmonic; Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Handel’s Laudate pueri dominum, and Charpentier’s Te Deum with The City Choir of Washington; Händel’s Messiah with Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, United States Naval Academy, National Philharmonic, The New Choral Society, and Austin Symphony & Chorus Austin; Poulenc’s Gloria with Arizona State University’s Symphony Orchestra; Verdi’s Requiem with Choral Artists of Sarasota and the Oratorio Society of VA; soprano soloist in Bob Chilcott’s Requiem at Alice Tulley Hall; Dvořák’s Stabat Mater at North Carolina Master Chorale; Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with Manchester Symphony Orchestra; and recitals and masterclasses with El Paso Pro-Musica, Rutgers University, Washington & Lee University, James Madison University, Point Loma University, and Catawba College. 

Talamantes recently released her debut album, Canciones españolas, to critical acclaim and her sophomore album, Heaven and Earth, A Duke Ellington Songbook is an exciting crossover into jazz. Both albums can be found on the MSR Classics label.

Danielle Talamantes is married to bass-baritone Kerry Wilkerson.

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Eugene Concert Choir presents a Beethoven Birthday Bash

Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene, OR

Featuring the beloved Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and the Choral Fantasy; this concert will be a joyful celebration of the profound Ludwig van Beethoven!


Pensacola Symphony presents Verdi's Requiem

Saenger Auditiorium, Pensacola, FL

With soaring moments of joy and dramatic fanfare, Verdi’s Requiem is one of the most treasured choral works of all time. In a special artistic collaboration, the orchestra will join forces with four celebrated soloists and more than 120 voices from The University of Southern Mississippi Chorus for Verdi’s Requiem Mass. A monumental masterpiece of joy, hope and passion.


University of Mississippi and Pensacola Symphony presents Verdi's Requiem

Main Street Baptist Church, Hattiesburg, MS

Guiseppe Verdi’s Requiem remains an unrivaled masterpiece and one of the most treasured choral works of all time. It is truly a work by which all other requiems are measured. The Requiem was composed in 1874 to honor the passing of Alessandro Manzoni, an Italian novelist, poet and patriot whose works helped influence Italian unification. In this epic work, operatic soloists join forces with a massive choir and orchestra to create an exhilarating emotional journey for listeners.


National Philharmonic presents Music and Prose

The Music Center at Strathmore, Bethesda, MD

Danielle Talamantes, soprano Zuill Bailey, cello

Samuel Barber: Overture to The School for Scandal

Henry Dehlinger: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock-A Rhapsody for Voice and Orchestra (orchestral premiere)

Alistair Coleman: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (world premiere)

Michael Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway


Fairfax Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven Symphony No. 9

George Mason University Center for the Performing Arts, Fairfax, VA


LESHNOFF: Symphony No. 4 “Heichalos” (Regional Premiere)

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9

Distinguished by (The New York Times) as “a leader of contemporary American lyricism,” composer Jonathan Leshnoff is renowned for his music’s striking harmonies and powerful themes. Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 4 is a powerful new work written for the Violins of Hope, a collection of restored instruments that survived the Holocaust. The composer draws inspiration from an ancient Jewish mystical text, Heichalos, to explore spiritual and ethical questions at the heart of the Jewish experience.

Beethoven crafted the Ninth Symphony in an epic struggle between despair and transcendence to reach new heights with the words “all men become brothers.” His glorious final symphony celebrates the bonds that unite humankind and has been described as his “great vision of the future.”