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 Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Choralis, Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, Nashville Symphony, National Philharmonic Chorale & Orchestra, 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 rising star made an exciting stage debut this 2014-2015 season as Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen in a return to The Metropolitan Opera. She also debuted the role of Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre and returned to the North Carolina Master Chorale for Dvořák's Stabat Mater and the National Philharmonic for both Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mozart’s Requiem and Exsultate, Jubilate. She looks forward to singing the role of Sergente in the modern-day world premier of Cavalli's Veremonda, L'Ammazone de Aragona at the 2015 Spoleto Festival USA. Her debut album, Canciones españolas, was recently released on the MSR Classics label and is already being hailed as a triumph and an exquisite interpretation of Spanish gems.
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 Wagner’s Parsifal, the soprano in the quartet of lovers in the Baroque pastiche, The Enchanted Island, and most recently to perform in Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten.
The 2013-14 season Danielle Talamantes celebrated her Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall debut as the soprano soloist in Bob Chilcott’s Requiem, a performance the composer himself conducted; she performed the same work just two weeks later with Choralis at the annual Chorus America Convention. In addition, she performed the soprano lead in a world premiere production of Janice Hamer’s Lost Childhood with the National Philharmonic in Washington D.C., Elijah with the Blacksburg Master Chorale, and Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the City Choir of Washington.
Recent opera engagements include the roles of Mimì in Puccini’s La bohème with Capital City Symphony Papagena in Die Zauberflöte with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel with Opera on the James. Other performed roles include Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Micäela in Carmen, Alexandra in Regina, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia.
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.