Mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack, whose instrument has been praised as “rich-voiced” (The New York Times) with a “dark radiance” (New York Magazine), has become known throughout the opera world for her “caramel timbre, flickering vibrato, and crisp articulation” (Opernwelt) as she “hurls fast notes like a Teresa Berganza or a Frederica von Stade” (San Francisco Chronicle).
Following last season’s major debuts at the Royal Opera House, the Metropolitan Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and the New York Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under Alan Gilbert, Ms. Mack kicks off 2017/18 with the titular role in the world premiere of Elizabeth Cree at Opera Philadelphia – an opera filled with “dreamy, seductive arias about butchery and woe,” (New York Magazine). She then pivots from the modern to the Baroque, singing Bradamante in Alcina at Washington National Opera, following a universally acclaimed performance of the opera at Santa Fe this past summer.
In the new year, Ms. Mack will be reprising her role as Jacqueline Kennedy in JFK, a role she created, at Opéra de Montréal. She’ll then be making her Seattle Opera debut as Beatrice opposite her real-life husband Alek Shrader’s Benedict in Beatrice and Benedict. Continuing her tour of powerful roles, Ms. Mack returns to Opera Philadelphia for Carmen in the spring, before heading to Santa Fe Opera in the summer to sing the lead role in The Italian Girl in Algiers.
In previous seasons, Ms. Mack has returned to the San Francisco Opera to reprise her performances as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia and created the role of Jacqueline Kennedy in the world premiere of David T. Little and Royce Vavrek’s JFK at the Fort Worth Opera. She also made her Arizona Opera debut in the title role of Carmen and was seen in recital with tenor Alek Shrader at the Tucson Desert Song Festival, and before that has been seen at San Francisco Opera as Rosmira in Handel’s Partenope in a production by Christopher Alden, as well as Rosina. In the summer of 2014, she made important role and company debut: the title role in Carmen at Santa Fe Opera in a new production by Stephen Lawless. She also debuted at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as the Kitchen Boy in David McVicar’s production of Rusalka conducted by Andrew Davis and returned to Madison Opera as Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking. She has been seen at the English National Opera in a new production of Julius Caesar as Sesto under Christian Curnyn, the first time the opera was produced at the ENO since the legendary 1979 production. She also debuted at Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse and Los Angeles Opera as Nancy in Albert Herring, Washington National Opera as the Madrigal Singer in Manon Lescaut, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Verbier Festival as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Opéra National de Bordeaux as Angelina in L’italiana in Algeri, and Opera Colorado in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s famous production of La Cenerentola directed by Grischa Asagaroff.
In concert, 2015-16 saw Ms. Mack debut with three orchestras under Charles Dutoit: Orchestra de la Suisse Romande in Ravel’s L’heure espagnole and L’enfant et les sortilèges, Boston Symphony Orchestra in L’heure espagnole, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat. She also debuted with the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk in Rossini’s Giovanna d’Arco under James Gaffigan and performed Vivaldi’s Judith triumphans with Boston Baroque. Ms. Mack has also been heard with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Manuel de Falla’s La vida breve under the baton of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Washington Chorus in Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, Hong Kong Philharmonic in Ravel’s Shéhérazade, and with the Sydney Symphony in Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne and Falla’s Siete canciones populares españolas. She also made her Cincinnati May Festival debut in Mozart’s Requiem under James Conlon and in an all-star gala at the Opera Theater of San Antonio.
Daniela Mack is an alumna of the Adler Fellowship Program at San Francisco Opera where she has appeared as Idamante in Idomeneo Siebel in Faust and Lucienne in Die tote Stadt for her house debut. She performed the title role of La Cenerentola as a member of the Merola Opera Program and made her West Coast recital debut as part of San Francisco Opera’s Schwabacher Debut Recital Series. Ms. Mack was recently a finalist in the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.