“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.

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Feb21

El Paso Pro Musica presents Danielle Talamantes in recital

NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall, Las Cruces, NM

A stunning recital featuring works by Granados, Turina, Ellington, and the Texas premier of Henry Dehlinger's rhapsodic setting of T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.

Feb20

El Paso Pro Musica presents Danielle Talamantes in recital

UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, El Paso, TX

A stunning recital featuring works by Granados, Turina, Ellington, and the Texas premier of Henry Dehlinger's rhapsodic setting of T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.

Feb14

Artist in Residence-Master Class

Catawba College, Salisbury, NC

Spending a few days on campus as Artists-in-Residence my husband, bass-baritone Kerry Wilkerson, as we work one on one with voice students at Catawba College.

Jan17

Close Encounters with Music presents Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman!

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale, AZ

Anonymous may have been a woman composer. Clara Schumann, Fannie Mendelssohn, Germaine Tailleferre, Maria Theresia von Paradis, Ethel Smyth, Lili Boulanger, Amy Beach, Marianna Martinez, and Augusta Holmès (120-some songs!), move from footnotes to forces in the annals of classical music as women gain the vote and their artistic voices. Extraordinary works by these fearless female composers include songs and sonatas displaying the genius of Fannie, Clara, Amy and Augusta; Tailleferre’s richly romantic Piano Trio; von Paradis’ shimmering Sicilienne; Piano Sonata in G Major by Martinez, a study in beauty and classicism, plus the Mozart four-hand piano sonata she performed with Amadeus himself. Additionally, to kick off a multi-year celebration of women in music, CEWM has commissioned a “quilt” of miniatures by composers Thea Musgrave, Tamar Muskal, Joan Tower, and Judith Zaimont, musical portraits of suffragettes and other women of valor—Smyth, Emma Lazarus, and Sojourner Truth—who advanced the causes of everyone with their steadfastness, ingenuity and idealism.

Dec12

Austin Symphony presents Handel's Messiah

Hyde Park Baptist Church, Austin, TX

The Austin Symphony once again presents its Christmas tradition, Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by Chorus Austin for you and your family at Hyde Park Baptist Church. This will be the third season that the ASO has brought this performance to Hyde Park. HPBC has great parking and plenty of superb seating. We hope you will move with us and enjoy this holiday classic and a city favorite. This night of musical magic will comfort you through its familiarity and fill you with the joy of rediscovery. Let us begin your winter celebrations with a performance full of rejoicing!

Dec3

US Naval Academy presents Handel's Messiah

USNA Main Chapel, Annapolis, MD

Continuing a long-standing tradition, the USNA Glee Club combines with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and soloists from the Metropolitan Opera Company to present selections from Handel's beloved Messiah on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon conducted by Dr. Aaron Smith, USNA Director of Musical Activities. This beautifully elegant concert has been broadcast on public television stations both regionally and nationwide.

Dec2

US Naval Academy presents Handel's Messiah

USNA Main Chapel, Annapolis, MD

Continuing a long-standing tradition, the USNA Glee Club combines with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and soloists from the Metropolitan Opera Company to present selections from Handel's beloved Messiah on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon conducted by Dr. Aaron Smith, USNA Director of Musical Activities. This beautifully elegant concert has been broadcast on public television stations both regionally and nationwide.

Nov21

Beatriz (cover) in Adès' The Exterminating Angel

The Metropolitan Opera, New York, NY

The Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.

Nov18

Beatriz (cover) in Adès' The Exterminating Angel

The Metropolitan Opera, New York, NY

the Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.

Nov14

Beatriz (cover) in Adès' The Exterminating Angel

The Metropolitan Opera, New York, NY

The Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.

Nov11

National Philharmonic presents Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No 5 and Bach Magnificat

The Music Center at Strathmore, Bethesda, MD

Journey across centuries and cultures in a concert pairing the Baroque master Bach with Heitor Villa-Lobos, who has been described as "the single most significant creative figure in 20th-century Brazilian art music." Bach’s setting of the Magnificat, the profoundly beautiful hymn of the Virgin Mary, is one of his most popular vocal works. The Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos composed his nine Bachianas Brasileiras as a tribute to Bach and as an expression of the musical soul of Brazil. Scored for a variety of instruments, these works breathe the exuberance of the tropics, with soaring melodies and energetic rhythms.

Nov10

Beatriz (cover) in Adès' The Exterminating Angel

The Metropolitan Opera, New York, NY

the Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.

Nov7

Beatriz (cover) in Adès' The Exterminating Angel

The Metropolitan Opera, New York, NY

the Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.

Nov3

Beatriz (cover) in Adès' The Exterminating Angel

The Metropolitan Opera, New York, NY

the Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.

Oct30

Beatriz (cover) in Adès' The Exterminating Angel

The Metropolitan Opera, New York, NY

The Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.

Oct26

Beatriz (cover) in Adès' The Exterminating Angel

The Metropolitan Opera, New York, New York

The Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.

Oct15

Cathedral Choral Society of Washington presents Mozart's Requiem

Washington National Cathedral, Washington DC

Written as Mozart approached death, his Requiem provides profound moments of great vastness and sublime tenderness. Centered on the theme of light, Morten Lauridsen’s “non-liturgical requiem” emanates hope, reassurance, and serenity.

Jul18

Mozart in the Park

Manito Park, Spokane, WA

Experience the gorgeous Northwest summer season and outdoor concert series in Manito Park. The performances will feature music from or about the beautiful country of Italy!