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Danielle Talamantes

“It’s not often that a fortunate opera-goer witnesses the birth of a star!” notes a San Francisco review of soprano Danielle Talamantes’ recent role debut as Violetta in La traviata. UK’s Gramophone Magazine is equally effusive in its praises, “Talamantes shines radiantly,” and “Talamantes is superb.”

This 2015-2016 season, Talamantes sings the soprano solo in Haydn’s Creation with the Cathedral Choral Society, the Easton Choral Society, and Sarasota-based Gloria Musicae; Händel’s Messiah with the Phoenix Symphony and National Philharmonic Orchestra; Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the National Philharmonic Orchestra; Carmina Burana with the New Dominion Chorale; featured Soprano Soloist in the Opening Gala for the Manchester Music Festival; Violetta in La traviata at Cedar Rapids Opera and Finger Lakes Opera, Adina in L’elisir d’amore at Gulf Shore Opera, and Mimí in La bohéme at St. Petersburg Opera. Talamantes looks forward to returning toThe Metropolitan Opera in 2016-17 to perform in two productions.

This rising star made an exciting 2015 stage début as Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen in a return to The Metropolitan Opera, as well as a return to the National Philharmonic for both Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mozart’s Requiem and Exsultate Jubilate, which she also performed with the City Choir of Washington. Other recent engagements include a turn as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at Cedar Rapids Opera, a “Canciones Españolas” concert at The Cosmos Club in Washington, DC, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater at North Carolina Master Chorale, and a début at Spoleto Festival USA as Sergente in Veremonda.

Talamantes 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 the following several seasons as a member of the roster. She made her official debut in Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten in 2015. Additional highlights from recent seasons also include a début at Alice Tulley Hall as the soprano soloist in Bob Chilcott’s Requiem, the soprano lead in a world première production of Janice Hamer’s Lost Childhood with the National Philharmonic in Washington D.C., Elijah with the Blacksburg Master Chorale, Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the City Choir of Washington, and a début of the role of Mimì in Puccini’s La bohème with Capital City Symphony.

An accomplished recitalist, Danielle Talamantes has been a featured soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony, National Philharmonic Chorale & Orchestra, United States Army Band and Chorus, Oratorio Society of Virginia, Nashville Symphony, Choralis, and Baltimore Choral Arts Society. A native of Northern Virginia, Talamantes made her Carnegie Hall début in a sold-out solo recital in 2007, and was the Soprano in Residence for the Summer 2012 at the Marlboro Music Festival in Marlboro, Vermont.

Ms. Talamantes records on the MSR Classics label. Her debut album, Canciones españolas, was released by MSR Classics in 2014 and instantly hailed by critics as "ravishing, sensuous and discreetly dramatic," "a disc to savour," and "easily one of the best recordings of the year." Her new album, Ellington: Heaven and Earth, features brand new arrangements of Duke Ellington standards that were written especially for her. She lives both in New York City and Washington, DC with her husband, Kerry Wilkerson, renowned baritone and enlisted conductor of The United States Army Chorus.

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