Dara Hobbs, Soprano
Senta, The Flying Dutchman
Dramatic Soprano Dara Hobbs was born in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, USA and earned Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she was named a winner of the University Concerto Competition and selected for membership in the Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Kappa Lambda national honor societies.
A regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Competition and the recipient of numerous other prizes, Ms. Hobbs began her professional stage experience in the choruses of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Diego Opera, as a member of Chicago Opera Theater’s Debut Artists Series, and as an Apprentice Artist and subsequently as a Studio Artist with Sarasota Opera. Subsequently she received a Metropolitan Opera Competition scholarship to the 2005 American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria and also studied at the 2006 Vocal Arts Symposium in Spoleto, Italy.
Ms. Hobbs was a full time soloist at Theater Krefeld-Mönchengladbach in Germany from 2007 to 2012, and has also performed at the Leipzig Opera, Staatsoper Hannover, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Theater Gera, Opera Kiel, on German radio and at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon, Portugal and covered the lead role in English National Opera’s production of Aida.
Her operatic experience includes the title roles in Tosca, Aida, Ariadne auf Naxos, Tristan and Isolde, Suor Angelica and The Bartered Bride as well as Brünnhilde (Ring in Einem Abend) Lisa (Pique Dame), Elisabeth (Don Carlo), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Countess Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress), and the Mother and the Witch (Hansel and Gretel).
Her concert and oratorio engagements include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Missa Solemnis, Brahms’ Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Paulus, Liszt’s Cristus and Vivaldi’s Gloria. Other performances include Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and numerous solo recitals.
Her work as a freelance artist began with Isolde at Stadttheater Minden in Fall 2012. Her engagements in 2013 include: Sieglinde (Die Walküre) at Opera Frankfurt, Suor Angelica at Theater Krefeld-Mönchengladbach, Isolde at the Bonn Opera, Soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Düsseldorf, Ortlinde (Die Walküre) at the Bayreuther Festspiele and Isolde in concert at Castle Neuschwanstein in Bavaria.