“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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Previous events

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.

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.