Former Madrigal singer plays the big stages

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By Highlander reporter Michelle Martinkov

Gently edited for clarity and space.
March 13, 2019

Long before Highlander Class of ’94 alumna Danielle Talamanteswas a Madrigal chorus member she was singing her heart out. In fact Talamantes can’t recall a time that she wasn’tsinging, “I have been singing for as long as I can remember; I started singing in my local church and soon after with the Madrigals.”

Since her days at McLean, Talamantes’ singing career has been in a continuous upward trajectory, performing in such esteemed venues as The Kennedy Center and revered Carnegie Hall. More recently, and closer to home, she soloed with The City Choir of Washington, under the direction of Robert Shafer, at McLean’s (VA) Saint Luke’s Catholic Church. The concert, The Glory of France, celebrated the great choral tradition of French music. Talamantes commented, “I have known Bob (Shafer) since high school so when he asked me to perform the solo soprano – with the 120 voice chorus – there was no way I could say ‘no’.” 

Talamantes’ very full touring schedule will soon land her in Hawaii for a month to perform Verdi’s La Traviata.  In addition to performing – and competing in singing competitions -- Talamantes also finds time to teach a variety of voice students. She offered, “I have a studio in my house and have been teaching there for 16 years; I enjoy teaching as much as I enjoy performing. And vice versa. Both, at times, can be exhausting but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love my life.”

Talamantes volunteered, “One of the great experiences of performing is being able to communicate, and interact with an audience through singing and music, even audiences that speak a different language.  When I sing, at least for a time, I’m able to escape some of the bad stuff, and associated stress, going on in the world today. I’d like to think the audience does as well.”

Zain Shariff