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.
Daryl Freedman will make her Metropolitan Opera debut as Schwertleite in Die Walküre and joins the roster of the San Francisco Opera covering Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana in the 2018-2019 season. Ms. Freedman will return to The Cleveland Orchestra for staged performances of Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, as well as to the Santa Fe Symphony and Boise Philharmonic for Messiah. She also makes her role/house debut as Amneris in Aida 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. Additionally, she debuted at Théâtre du Capitole as Schwertleite in Die Walküre and 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 Messiah as well as a return to the Santa Fe Symphony for Messiah.
As 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.
Her Wagnerian role debut as Mary in Der fliegende Holländer was with Sarasota Opera, where she returned as Amelfa in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Le coq d’or, Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, and covered Azucena in Il trovatore. As an Apprentice Artists at Santa Fe Opera, she covered the roles of Herodias in Salome, Fraulein Krone in The Impresario, and Death in Le Rossignol. She also debuted at Carnegie Hall singing Handel's Messiah with the Cecilia Chorus of New York.
Additional engagements include Zotico in Cavalli's Eliogabalo with Gotham Chamber Opera, Mozart’s Requiem with the Florida Orchestra, Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro with the Merola Opera Program, Ascalax in Telemann's Orpheus with New York City Opera, and both Federica in Luisa Miller and Third Lady in The Magic Flute with Chautauqua Opera. She has covered Ruth in the world premiere production of Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters at both Gotham Chamber Opera and Opera Company of Philadelphia, performed Alan Smith's Vignettes: Covered Wagon Woman and covered Baba the Turk in The Rake's Progress with Music Academy of the West, and has sung with Central City Opera and the Caramoor Festival.