Ms. Danielle DiStefano, soprano, attended SUNY Fredonia for Vocal Performance. She made her operatic debut at sixteen in Puccini's Suor Angelica with Opera Sacra, and has performed with Nickel City Opera in Rigoletto, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Il Trovatore, and Il Tabarro.
She has also performed with the Cadenza Opera Workshop singing leads for semi-staged selected opera scenes from La Traviata as Violetta, Le nozze di Figaro as Susanna and the Countess, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, La Bohéme as Mimi and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, as well as Micaëla from Carmen, and Leonora from Il Trovatore.
She made her orchestral soloist debut with the Four Seasons Chamber Orchestra in May 2011.
Ms. DiStefano is a board member and concert coordinator for the Erwin H. Johnson Memorial, Fund, Inc., and is vice-chair of Celebrate National Opera Week in Western New York and Ontario. She created and designed the logo and website for Celebrate National Opera Week in Western New York and Ontario and curates and maintains the website she designed for the Buffalo & Western New York Vocal Alert, a community service highlighting all operatic and classical vocal music performances in the area.
As a constant advocate of classical and operatic music education, she created the EHJ Memorial Fund’s outreach program Singing it Forward, writing and performing educational presentations on opera history and music science for school children and teens. As a published author, her articles have been featured in OperaBuffs of WNY and Opera Volunteer International’s newsletters.
In April 2016, Ms. DiStefano was awarded the Opera Volunteers International’s prestigious Partner in Excellence Award for her outstanding dedication to opera and classical music in the community.
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