Daryl Freedman, Mezzo-Soprano
Praised by Opera News for her “striking dark timbre” and “expansive, sumptuous” performances, mezzo-soprano Daryl Freedman begins the 21/22 season with her role/house debut at Virginia Opera in Das Rheingold (Fricka). Additional engagements include a role/house debut at The Atlanta Opera in the title role of Julius Caesar, returns to The Metropolitan Opera for The Magic Flute (Third Lady) and the new McVicar production of Don Carlos (Princess Eboli/rehearsal cover), and a return to Washington National Opera for the world premiere of Sankaram’s Rise (Powerful Woman/Adelaide Johnson). In the summer of 2022, she will debut at the Salzburger Festspiele in a new Christoph Loy production of Suor Angelica (Suor Dolcina) conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. On the concert stage, she debuts with the Erie Philharmonic in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, and returns to the Fairfax Symphony for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
Recent engagements include a debut with Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra for Das Lied von der Erde, Santuzza cover in Cavalleria rusticana in a new Robert Carsen production at the Dutch National Opera, and a role/house debut at Opera San José in Il trovatore (Azucena). Additional contracted productions of Il trovatore at Madison Opera and Portland Opera were postponed due to the pandemic, as well as engagements with the Cleveland Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Malmö Live Konserthus. She debuted with The Metropolitan Opera in Die Walküre (Schwertleite), returned to The Cleveland Orchestra for staged performances of Ariadne auf Naxos (Dryad), covered in Cavalleria rusticana (Santuzza) at San Francisco Opera, debuted in Die Walküre (Schwertleite) at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse and debuted in Aida (Amneris) with Opera Idaho. On the concert stage, she debuted with the National Symphony Orchestra in Bernstein’s Songfest, and at Quad City Symphony Orchestra and Fairfax Symphony in Verdi’s Requiem.
Darryl is a graduate of the Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera, where she was seen in Don Carlo (Princess Eboli), Hansel and Gretel (Gertrude), Better Gods (Lili’uokalani), Der Ring des Nibelungen (Rossweisse), Dead Man Walking (Jade Boucher) and Le nozze di Figaro (Marcellina).
She made her Wagnerian role debut in Der fliegende Holländer (Mary) with Sarasota Opera, where she returned in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Le coq d’or (Amelfa), and Lucia di Lammermoor (Alisa). As an Apprentice Artist at The Santa Fe Opera, she covered in Salome (Herodias), The Impresario (Fraulein Krone) and Le Rossignol (Death). She also debuted at Carnegie Hall, singing Handel’s Messiah with the Cecilia Chorus of New York. Additional engagements include Cavalli’s Eliogabalo (Zotico) with Gotham Chamber Opera, Mozart’s Requiem with the Florida Orchestra, Le nozze di Figaro (Marcellina) with the Merola Opera Program, Telemann’s Orpheus (Ascalax) with New York City Opera, and Luisa Miller (Federica) and The Magic Flute (Third Lady) with Chautauqua Opera.