“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, Baltimore Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Austin Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Choral Artists of Sarasota, Choralis, Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, National Philharmonic, 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 she returned to the Metropolitan Opera in the role of Beatriz in the brand new Thomas Adès opera Exterminating Angel. Additional performances include Mozart’s Requiem with the Cathedral Choral Society of Washington; the Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, Bach Magnificat, and the role of Fiordilgi in Così fan tutte with the National Philharmonic; Handel’s Messiah with the US Naval Academy and the Austin Symphony; Poulenc’s Gloria with the Arizona State Symphony Orchestra; Mimì in Bohème with the Symphony of NW Arkansas; as well as guest solo appearances with the Fairfax Symphony, El Paso Pro Musica, Close Encounters with Music in Scottsdale and the Berkshires.

After Ms. Talamantes’ critically-acclaimed debut album, Canciones españolas released she got right to work on 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. Both albums are available on the MSR Classics record label.

Last season, Talamantes performed the role of Anna in Nabucco and Frasquita in Carmen with The Metropolitan Opera; performed the soprano solo in Händel’s Messiah and Brahms’ Requiem with National Philharmonic; Mozart’s Requiem with Phoenix Symphony Orchestra; Verdi’s Requiem with the Choral Artists of Sarasota; and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with Manchester Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, she was a featured soloist with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Close Encounters with Music Festival.

Other recent engagements include the soprano solo in Haydn’s Creation with Cathedral Choral Society; Händel’s Messiah at Phoenix Symphony and National Philharmonic; Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Mozart’s Requiem and Exsultate Jubilate at the National Philharmonic; Haydn’s Creation with the Choral Artists of Sarasota; as the soprano soloist in Bob Chilcott’s Requiem at Alice Tully Hall; the soprano lead in a world première production of Janice Hamer’s Lost Childhood with the National Philharmonic; Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the City Choir of Washington; Dvořák’s Stabat Mater at North Carolina Master Chorale; and turns as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Mimì in La bohéme, Violetta in La traviata 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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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.

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.