“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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Apr22

City Choir of Washington presents Handel Laudate pueri dominum and the Charpentier Te Deum

The National Presbyterian Church, Washington DC

Our final concert will be a spectacular tribute to Maestro Shafer’s fiftieth anniversary as a conductor in Washington, DC. The program features the world premiere performance of a fascinating setting of the Magnificat by the young American composer, Brian Bartoldus. Mr. Bartoldus’ setting strives “to do deep dives into the many intense emotions and thoughts surrounding the life-changing experience of having a child. While the orchestra and the structure are Baroque, its harmonic language is more contemporary, with a nod to late 20th century composers James MacMillan and Alfred Schnittke.” Opening the concert will be the youthful and exuberant Laudate pueri dominum by Handel, composed when he was only 22! The program concludes by transporting you to the shimmering court of Louis XIV with the thrilling and justly famous Te Deum of Marc Antoine Charpentier.

Apr26

Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra and Choirs present Poulenc's Gloria

Gammage Auditoroium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Under the baton of Jeffrey Meyer, the ASUSO is joined by ASU’s combined choirs in Poulenc’s exuberant Gloria featuring guest soprano Danielle Talamantes. The second half concludes the 2017-18 season with Mahler’s revolutionary and triumphant first symphony.

May5

Symphony of NW Arkansas presents Puccini's La Bohème

Walton Arts Center, Fayeteville, Arkansas

The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas was founded in 1954 and has provided over 60 years of musical performances and educational opportunities. Under the musical direction of Paul Haas, SoNA presents classical and pops performances for symphonic music lovers in Northwest Arkansas, and is a resident company of Walton Arts Center. Enjoy Act I of the beloved opera La Bohème by Puccini.

May12

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra 60th Anniversary Celebration

George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Fairfax, VA

Christopher Zimmerman, conductor Danielle Talamantes, soprano Carl Tanner, tenor with the Fairfax Choral Society and Music & Arts Chorus PROGRAM Celebrate the FSO’s 60th Anniversary with beloved arias and duets with soprano Danielle Talamantes and tenor Carl Tanner. From the majesty of Aida to the tenderness of La Boheme and the unabated romance of Turandot’s Nessun Dorma, experience an unforgettable evening filled with soaring melodies and tender duets from Verdi, Puccini, and Bernstein.

Jun9

Close Encounters with Music presents-GALA Lenny at 100

Maihaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA

Acknowledged as possibly the greatest conductor the U.S. has ever produced, Leonard Bernstein was dashing, brilliant and eloquent; a dazzling pianist, lecturer and cultural figure who redefined the word “charisma.” Equally at home on the concert stage and Broadway, when summer came, he headed to the Berkshires, where important friendships were forged with Aaron Copland, Marc Blitzstein, Lukas Foss, and other legendary musicians. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth, we present a musical portrait of a versatile career, with his vocal and piano music and that of composers he championed—Mahler (Bernstein held a Mahler Festival to mark the centenary of that composer’s birth!) Sondheim and Ives; selections from Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera, Foss’s cowboy piece Capriccio, and Copland’s El Salón México. A delightful romp through the music scene circa 1950 as barriers began to come down among genres. Glitter and be gay and experience the Bernstein phenomenon! Michael Chertock, piano; Danielle Talamantes, soprano; Kerry Wilkerson, baritone; Rachel Lee Priday, violin; Yehuda Hanani, cello