“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"

 

 

“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 sings Mimì in La bohéme with Fairfax Symphony and returns to The Metropolitan Opera to sing Frasquita for their productions of Carmen.  In addition, she will appear as a soloist in multiple classical masterworks including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at Carnegie Hall with DCINY and the US Naval Academy, 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, and in the National Philharmonic’s Bernstein Choral Celebration concert.

In recent seasons, Talamantes performed the role of Marzelline in Fidelio with the Princeton Festival; Mimì in La boheme with the St Petersburg (FL) Opera, 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  “Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman!” with Close Encounters with Music at the Manchester Music Festival and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts; 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 Gloria Musicae 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-Muisca, Washington & Lee University, James Madison University, Point Loma University, and Catawba College. 

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. She and pianist Henry Dehlinger 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. More information on both of these concerts is available at UIAPresents’ website.

Danielle first earned a spot on the Metropolitan Opera roster in the spring of 2011, covering the role of Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, and was subsequently reengaged to cover the role of the Flower Maiden in Wagner’s Parsifal, the soprano in the quartet of lovers in the Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island, as Flower Maiden in Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten, and the new Adès opera, The Exterminating Angel.  

Ms. Talamantes was 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 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.

She is married to bass-baritone Kerry Wilkerson.

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Nov17

National Philharmonic presents A Bernstein Choral Celebration

The Music Center at Strathmore, Bethesda, MD

National Philharmonic Chorale Strathmore Children’s Chorus Stan Engebretson, conductor

Selections from Mass Candide West Side Story

Nov15

Bizet's Carmen (Frasquita-SING)

The Metropolitan Opera, New York, NY

Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenors Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José. Omer Meir Wellber and Louis Langrée share conducting duties for Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere.

Nov10

Bizet's Carmen (Frasquita-COVER)

The Metropolitan Opera, New York, NY

Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenors Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José. Omer Meir Wellber and Louis Langrée share conducting duties for Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere.

Nov6

Bizet's Carmen (Frasquita-COVER)

The Metropolitan Opera, New York, NY

Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenors Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José. Omer Meir Wellber and Louis Langrée share conducting duties for Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere.

Nov3

Bizet's Carmen (Frasquita-COVER)

The Metropolitan Opera, New York, NY

Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenors Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José. Omer Meir Wellber and Louis Langrée share conducting duties for Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere.

Oct30

Bizet's Carmen (Frasquita-COVER)

The Metropolitan Opera, New York, NY

Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenors Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José. Omer Meir Wellber and Louis Langrée share conducting duties for Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere.

Sep22

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra presents La Bohème (Mimì)

George Mason University Center for the Arts, Fairfax, VA

Puccini’s timeless masterpiece has moved audiences for more than a century with its irresistible music and tale of love and loss. Semi-staged performance.

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

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.

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.

Apr26

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

Gammage Auditorium, 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.

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.

Apr15

St Mary's College presents the Brahms Requiem

St Luke's Catholic Church, McLean, VA

The St Mary's College Choir along with soloists Danielle Talamantes and Kerry Wilkerson perform the timeless Johannes Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem. No tickets required, this is a free event.

Apr14

National Philharmonic present's Mozart's Così fan tutte

The Music Center at Strathmore

Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte A Concert Opera

Fiordiligi - Danielle Talamantes Dorabella - Shirin Eskandani Guglielmo - Trevor Scheunemann Ferrando - Norman Shankle Despina - Arianna Zukerman Don Alfonso - Kenneth Kellogg

National Philharmonic Chorale Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Mozart’s delightful and elegant opera buffa, Cosi fan tutte, unfolds a tale of mistaken identities, love, trust, deceit and final reconciliation. When two soldiers decide to test the love and faithfulness of their beloveds by pretending to go away but then appearing in disguise to observe their reactions, events unfold in ways unforeseen by the young lovers. This opera contains some of the Mozart’s most beautiful music.

Mar10

Fairfax Symphony - Mozart's Requiem

GMU Center for the Arts Concert hall, Fairfax, VA

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s sublime Requiem needs no introduction to music lovers everywhere. Its manifold beauties have inspired performers and listeners alike for more than two centuries, while intriguing audiences with its mysterious history and unfinished score.

This event will also feature the Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2

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.