“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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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!

Jul5

The US Army Chorus and Charlotessville Municipal Band

Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center, Charlottesville, VA

The US Army Chorus and the Charlottesville Municipal Band with yours truly as special guest vocalist. The concert is free and open to the public and will take place at the Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center in Charlottesville.

Jul2

Independence Day Americana Recital

Cove Presbyterian Church, 5531 Covesville Lane, Covesville, VA

Featuring Danielle Talamantes, soprano, Kerry Wilkerson bass-baritone, and Henry Dehlinger, piano; come celebrate our Nation's Independence with an afternoon of all-American song! No tickets required, a $15 donation will be received at the door.

Jun25

Marzelline in Beethoven's Fidelio

Princeton Festival Opera - McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, NJ

Ludwig van Beethoven had long wanted to write operas. He wrote only one — but what an opera it is! Fidelio matches a stirring tale of conjugal love, personal heroism, and the overthrow of tyranny with some of the most glorious and moving music ever composed for the stage. The work’s emotional charge and uplifting subject matter will sweep you away.

Jun18

Marzelline in Beethoven's Fidelio

Princeton Festival Opera - McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, NJ

Ludwig van Beethoven had long wanted to write operas. He wrote only one — but what an opera it is! Fidelio matches a stirring tale of conjugal love, personal heroism, and the overthrow of tyranny with some of the most glorious and moving music ever composed for the stage. The work’s emotional charge and uplifting subject matter will sweep you away.

Jun10

Close Encounters with Music GALA: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington

GALA: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman--Celebrating 100 years of Women's Suffrage. 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. Another segment of the musical quilt is Patricia Leonard's "Remember the Ladies" from her opera My Dearest Friend, based on the correspondence between Abigail Adams and U.S. President John Adams.

May17

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society - Gamut Bach Ensemble

Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia, PA

A unique collaboration between young, exceptional, modern musicians and a historically informed Bach specialist, the Gamut Bach Ensemble prides itself on stylistically sensitive, earnest, and insightful Bach performances. Having impressed both our chamber music and early music audiences in each of the last two seasons, the Ensemble, directed by Koji Otsuki, presents an evening of Bach cantatas in the luminous Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square.

Koji Otsuki, director; Danielle Talamantes, soprano; Lauren Eberwein, mezzo-soprano; Thomas Meglioranza, baritone; Mary Lynch, oboe; Kuok-Wai Lio, organ; Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin; David McCarroll, violin; Shizuka Inoue, viola; Paul Wiancko, cello; Kurt Muroki, double bass

May14

Oratorio Society of Virginia-A Celebration of Great Choruses

University of Virginia Old Cabell Hall, Charlottesville

On Mother’s Day, May 14, the Oratorio Society will contine its 50th Anniversary celebration with A Celebration of Great Choruses. The concert will feature many of the best-known choruses from our fifty-year history. The program includes excerpts from Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s Mass in B minor, Haydn’s The Creation, Brahms’ Requiem, and Mozart’s Solemn Vespers. T

May13

"Ode to Joy" Beethoven's 9th Symphony

George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Fairfax

The Fairfax Symphony, fabulous soloists and the Fairfax Choral Society and Music & Arts Chorus presents Beethoven's glorious final symphony celebrates the bonds that unite humankind and has been described as his “great vision of the future.”

May7

Cathedral Brass presents Heaven & Earth

Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St NE, Vienna

Featuring original arrangements for brass, percussion, piano, soprano, and choir; come get your jazz groove on! No tickets required, a free-will offering will be accepted at the door.

Apr30

Title role in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah

Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson Center, Roanoke, VA, Roanoke, VA

Opera Roanoke will conclude their 41st season of great musical theater in Virginia’s Blue Ridge with the local premiere of what many consider the greatest American opera of the 20th century: Carlisle Floyd’s award-winning drama, Susannah. Based on a story from the Biblical Apocrypha, Susannah is a compelling drama whose issues resonate across cultural, social, political and religious lines. Set in the Appalachian mountains, Susannah’s music reflects its locale, and Floyd’s score is a masterpiece of dramatic power and lyrical beauty. MET Opera conductor, and Opera Roanoke Principal Guest Conductor Steven White leads the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and an outstanding cast, under the stage direction of Artistic Director, Scott Williamson.

Apr28

Title role in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah

Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson Center, Roanoke, VA

Opera Roanoke will conclude their 41st season of great musical theater in Virginia’s Blue Ridge with the local premiere of what many consider the greatest American opera of the 20th century: Carlisle Floyd’s award-winning drama, Susannah. Based on a story from the Biblical Apocrypha, Susannah is a compelling drama whose issues resonate across cultural, social, political and religious lines. Set in the Appalachian mountains, Susannah’s music reflects its locale, and Floyd’s score is a masterpiece of dramatic power and lyrical beauty. MET Opera conductor, and Opera Roanoke Principal Guest Conductor Steven White leads the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and an outstanding cast, under the stage direction of Artistic Director, Scott Williamson.

Apr23

Gloria Musicae - Verdi Requiem

Sarasota Opera House, Sarasota, FL

Throughout the work, Verdi uses vigorous rhythms, sublime melodies, and dramatic contrasts—much as he did in his operas—to express the powerful emotions engendered by the text. The terrifying (and instantly recognizable) Dies irae that introduces the traditional sequence of the Latin funeral rite is repeated throughout.

At the time of its premiere, the Requiem was criticized by some as being too operatic in style for the religious subject matter. According to Gundula Kreuzer, "Most critics did perceive a schism between the religious text (with all its musical implications) and Verdi's setting." Some viewed it negatively as "an opera in ecclesiastical robes," or alternatively, as a religious work, but one in "dubious musical costume." While the majority of critics agreed that the music was "dramatic," some felt that such treatment of the text was appropriate, or at least permissible. As to the music qua music, the critical consensus agreed that the work displayed "fluent invention, beautiful sound effects and charming vocal writing."