Danielle Walker, soprano
Danielle Walker returns to Sarasota Opera for the 2014 Winter Festival Season to sing the role of Hélène in the rarely seen Jérusalem. Recent Sarasota Opera appearances have included Giulietta di Kelbar in Verdi's Un giorno di regno, Micaela in Carmen, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. Recently she made her Carnegie Hall debut singing Haydn’s Paukenmesse with the New England Symphony as well as her Opera Orchestra of New York debut in Carnegie as Mlle. Jouvenot in Adriana Lecouvreur.
Ms. Walker was member of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist program at Los Angeles Opera where she sang the role of The Girl in the American première of Schreker‘s Die Gezeichneten, conducted by James Conlon. Additional roles with Los Angeles Opera have included covering Freia in Das Rheingold, Ortlinde in Die Walküre, Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, and singing Suor Dolcina in Suor Angelica as well as performing in concert under Placido Domingo. She also sang on the Gustavo Dudamel Fellow Concerts with the LA Philharmonic.
Ms. Walker’s professional engagements have included the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Opera Festival of Lucca, Mahler’s Symphony #2 with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony #9 with the Central Ohio Symphony and Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras with the Pasadena Pops. She is a featured soprano on the Hal Leonard companion CD recording of the Menotti Aria Anthology.
The Virginia native received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the College Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati where she sang Mimi in La bohème, Mme de Tourvel in Susa’s Dangerous Liaisons, Greta in Drattel’s The Festival of Regrets, and the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Vesperae solemnes.