Praised by Opera News for her "striking dark timbre" and "expansive, sumptuous" performances, mezzo-soprano Daryl Freedman is a recent graduate of the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.
During the 2018-2019 season Daryl will return to The Cleveland Orchestra for staged performances of Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos, cover Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana at the San Francisco Opera, return to the Santa Fe Symphony and Boise Philharmonic for The Messiah, debut with the Lexington Philharmonic in the Verdi Requiem, and make her role/house debut as Amneris in Aïda with Opera Idaho.
Last season, Ms. Freedman debuted with the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst as Lapák in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen for staged performances in Cleveland, the Musikverein in Vienna, and in Luxembourg. She also returned to Washington National Opera to sing her first performances of Eboli in Don Carlo. Symphonic engagements included debuts with the National Symphony Orchestra in Bernstein’s Songfest and the Boise Philharmonic as the alto soloist in The Messiah as well as a return to the Santa Fe Symphony for The Messiah. Additionally, she debuted at Théâtre du Capitole as Schwertleite in Die Walküre.
While a young artist at Washington National Opera, Ms. Freedman sang the role of Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking, Marcellina in the Emerging Artists performance of The Marriage of Figaro, Gertrude in Hansel and Gretel, Queen Lili'uokalani in the world premiere of Better Gods, and Rossweisse in Francesca Zambello’s production of Der Ring des Nibelungen.
She returned to Sarasota Opera to sing Amelfa in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Le coq d’or and was an Apprentice Artist at Santa Fe Opera, where she covered the role of Herodias in Salome. She appeared at Carnegie Hall debut singing Handel's Messiah with the Cecilia Chorus of New York and her Wagnerian role debut as Mary in Der fliegende Holländer with Sarasota Opera, where she also covered Azucena in Il trovatore. She was also seen at Santa Fe Opera as a first-year apprentice covering the roles of Fraulein Krone in The Impresario and Death in Le Rossignol.