Biography

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Soprano Danielle Davis is noted for her “high pure notes” that she “delivers with power and sustainability” (Memos from Maddalena), and has recently joined the studio of Andrea DelGiudice. In July of 2021, Danielle was seen in concert on the newly opened Little Island at Pier 55, at St. Clement’s Theatre, and in a Fourth of July Celebration in BayShore, NY.  In June of 2021, Davis was awarded 3rd place in The American Prize in Vocal Performance—women in opera, 2021—The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards. 

During the pandemic, Davis found creative ways to continue sharing her voice. She gave a short Facebook Live Christmas Eve concert, and was included in a performance entitled “An Enchanted Christmas” by OperaTune Productions. And all virtually, she sang in an American Spirituals concert with The Opera Collective, was part of a choral group that performed a piece composed by Ida Angland to celebrate the unveiling of a monument in Central Park celebrating women and the 100 year anniversary of the 19th amendment, and collaborated with contemporary composer, Philip Salter, to perform two of his works that were released on Gateway Classical Music Society’s website. In July of 2020 Davis presented a Facebook Live video for Born this Way: A Celebration of Queer Arts that received high praise, got over 7.5k views, and was shared by fans internationally. The concert consisted of opera arias and art songs interwoven to tell a story of a woman growing up and looking toward a better tomorrow.

She made her debut with Gateway Classical Music Society in November 2019, performing scenes from Le nozze di Figaro and Tosca under the baton of Ida Angland. In early 2019, Danielle was a participant of the Who’s Afraid of Verismo (+Strauss)? workshop with Elizabeth Blacke-Biggs, Michael Recchiuti, Lauren Flanigan, and Dietlinde Turban Maazel. Prior to this she participated in the Loyola Dramatic Voice Symposium, where she worked closely with Greer Grimsley and Luretta Bybee. She appeared as Sieglinde in Wagner’s “Die Walküre” with ConcertOpera Philadelphia under the baton of Yoonhak Baek in February and August of 2018. Davis also covered the role of Mary Queen of Scots for a NY concert, Celebrating Thea Musgrave at 90, in May 2018. In July 2017 she performed the title role in Puccini’s “Suor Angelica” under the stage direction of LA Opera’s Peabody Southwell and baton of The Metropolitan Opera’s Thomas Bagwell, opposite The Metropolitan Opera’s Tamara Mumford for the Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival.

Under the instruction of Val Underwood, she’s given acclaimed performances at Carnegie Hall – where she was hailed as a stand out who sings “with authority and good dynamic control” (Voce di Meche), Lincoln Center, and in Hawai’i and Austria.  Credits include: Sieglinde (Die Walküre), Mary (Mary Queen of Scots | Thea Musgrave), Tosca, Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterly), Turandot, Chysothemis (Elektra), Giorghetta (Il Tabarro), Suor Angelica, and Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte). Davis has sung in notable venues internationally and worked with such acclaimed artists as Roger Malouf, Peter Mark, Jeanine Altmeyer, Ricky Ian Gordon, Linda Watson, and Elizabeth Hagedorn. She appeared as a Guest Artist at the Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival and with The Metropolitan Opera Guild’s “Masterly Singers Series”, as well as in Austria with the AIMS Festival Orchestra. She has been awarded 1st place, finalist, and semi-finalist titles in various competitions, such as the Elizabeth Connell Prize and the McCammon Voice Competition, throughout the United States and Europe.

Davis received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music, where she held numerous recitals and sang The National Anthem for the Queens College Commencement Ceremony. She has performed solos in Vivaldi’s Magnificat, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Verdi’s Requiem. She has also appeared in numerous musical theatre productions, and as the lead in an original drama (“Spat: Motel Scenes”). She graduated from the Nassau BOCES Cultural Arts Center as a voice major and dance minor in 2004. Davis has 16 years of dance experience (ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, hip-hop, modern), including 5 years of competitive dancing, and studying with such teachers as Marshall Davis Jr.

Danielle strives to build community through the arts. She collaborates with esteemed Chinese dancer, Wendi Weng, in a duo they call Lucidity. She recently resigned from her position as the Artistic Director of Opera Night, Long Island, where she produced sought after concerts across Long Island for 5 years. Davis has also managed masterclass series for Peter Mark on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Her first delve into the administrative side of opera was as the Admissions Director and Assistant to the Artistic Director at the Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival. Danielle makes an effort to keep opera alive and well by bringing the art form to unconventional audiences through New York, making appearances at places like art galleries, coffee houses, and even open mic nights.