Lisa Daltirus - Aida
With a radiant voice of beauty, power, nuance and musicality, and a demanding stage presence, Lisa Daltirus is poised for a major career in Opera and Concert. The 2002-2003 season marked her professional operatic début in the title role of Tosca with the New York Grand Opera of which the New York Times reported: "Imperious, her eyes ablaze, the very image of Tosca...she exuded an intangible electricity, that charge that comes across to the audience when something is really happening onstage.”
Miss Daltirus is enjoying a busy 2006-2007 season. After returning to the Boston Lyric Opera in a Gala Concert, she was heard as Bess in Porgy and Bess with the Michigan Opera Theater, followed by the role of Serena in the same opus in Philadelphia, and makes her role debut as Mimi in La Boheme with the Opera Company of North Carolina. She returns to Europe as Nedda in I pagliacci in Nancy and concludes the season as Aida at the Cincinnati Opera. Future engagements include four roles for the Seattle Opera, including Leonora in Il trovatore, Aida, Tosca, and Madame Lidoine in Les Dialogues des Carmelites, Ballo in Maschera for Palm Beach Opera, Silla in Margaret Garner for her New York City Opera debut, Bess at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Aida in Portland.
Miss Daltirus opened the 2005-2006 season with her first Leonora in Il trovatore in Hartford, Connecticut, returned to Philadelphia for Margaret Garner, made her Palm Beach Opera and Minnesota Opera débuts as Tosca, and returns to the Michigan Opera Theatre as Aida. Future engagements include her return to the Boston Lyric Opera as Aida, Bess in Detroit, Serena in Porgy and Bess in Philadelphia, Nedda in I pagliacci in Nancy, France, Aida at the Cincinnati Opera, and three roles for the Seattle Opera including, Aida, Tosca, and Madame Lidoine in Les dialogues des Carmélites.
Engagements in the 2004-2005 season for Miss Daltirus included Aida for the Connecticut Opera, followed by her Amsterdam début as Lia in Debussy’s L’enfant prodigue under the baton of Valery Gergiev at the Concertgebouw, Rosalinde in Fledermaus in Thessaloniki, Greece, and her Opera Company of Philadelphia début in the title role of Aida. She continued the season as Tosca for her Michigan Opera Theatre and Carolina Opera débuts, and closed the season as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Of Miss Daltirus’ début as Tosca at Opera Delaware, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported “Dazzling Discovery at Opera Delaware ...the voice heard in the title role was reminiscent of - Leontyne Price.” The monthly Opera News echoed the praise: “...plainly a star in the making...Leontyne Price is a clear (and welcome) model vocally...Her full, liquid sound illuminated line after line with musical polish and detail and soared impressively on high B-flats and C’s.”
The 2003-2004 season included Miss Daltirus’ return to Opera Delaware in the title role in Aida, her début at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, with the Boston Lyric Opera as Tosca, and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at the Aspen Music Festival under the baton of David Zinman.
Miss Daltirus has been featured by the Bel Canto Lyric Opera of Philadelphia in roles and scenes including Amelia in Un ballo in maschera, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, and Leonora in La forza del destino. She has been featured with the Philadelphia Chamber Chorus in a concert Porgy & Bess, has sung the role of Marguerite in Faust and the title roles of Tosca, Aida and Ameliaal Ballo in Menotti's version with the Trinity Opera Theater of Philadelphia. Maine Grand Opera featured her in its inaugural gala which led to an unscheduled “Afternoon of Song” recital, due to the overwhelming audience response. Miss Daltirus made her Carnegie Hall début with New York Grand Opera singing the title role of Aida in the "Triumphal Scene". Miss Daltirus made a last minute Avery Fisher Hall début at the Richard Tucker Foundation Gala stepping in for an indisposed Aprile Millo to sing the "Triumphal Scene" from Aida. “Their solution was to pluck from the audience Lisa Daltirus...she acquitted herself very well. In fact it would have been wonderful to hear more of her. Maybe next year.” The New York Times.
An active soloist with orchestra, Miss Daltirus débuted Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. She returned to the Philadelphia Chamber Chorus to perform two versions of Dona Nobis Pacem by Vaughn-Williams and Fanshawe (from African Sanctus). She has been heard in Mozart’s Requiem with the Mainline Ecumenical Choir and Symphony. Her recent performance of Poulenc’s Gloria with the Wichita Symphony led to an invitation to perform Samuel Barber's Knoxville Summer of 1915 with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Other repertoire for Miss Daltirus includes Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Vesperae Solemnes; Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, Fauré’s Requiem; Mahler’s 8th Symphony and the Chichester Psalms. Lisa is a favorite of Peter Nero and the Philly Pops Orchestra and was recently featured in "PoPera" which also marked her début at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. She has been featured in Nero’s arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner in D-flat on several occasions and highlights from Porgy & Bess on "Blue Chip Broadway." Miss Daltirus has received awards and recognition from the NJ State Opera Vocal competition, the Joy of Singing competition, The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, The Liederkranz International Vocal Competition and the New York Vocal Artists Competition. Miss Daltirus is also a grantee of the Singer's Development Fund in NYC and the William Matthews Sullivan Foundation.