Praised by Opera News as having “one of the most sheerly beautiful voices on the scene today,” American soprano Danielle Pastin continues to earn critical acclaim for her engagements across the country. Pastin made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Masha in The Queen of Spades in 2011, and recently performed as Nedda in their production of Pagliacci. She was also featured as Frasquita in the Met’s production of Carmen in 2012 and 2013.
In the 2017-18 season, Pastin has been the featured soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with The Dayton Opera and also with Distinguished Concerts International New York in Barcelona; performed the lead role of Leila in Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers in her debut with Toledo Opera; and reprised the role of Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with Pittsburgh Opera. Future engagements include Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Reno Chamber Orchestra; the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Maine; Masha in Enemies, A Love Story with Kentucky Opera; and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Palm Beach Opera.
Pastin’s recent engagements have included the world premiere of Robert Paterson’s Three Way with both Nashville Opera and the Brooklyn Academy of Music; as well as Turandot (Liu) with Nashville Opera and Virginia Opera; Madama Butterfly (Cio-Cio San) with Northern Lights Music Festival; Cosi fan Tutte (Fiordiligi) and La traviata (Violetta) with Pittsburgh Opera; Die Fledermaus (Rosalinda) with Opera Naples; La bohème (Mimì) with Syracuse Opera; Otello (Desdemona) with Dayton Opera; and The Merry Widow (Hanna) with Pensacola Opera. She was also recently the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra.
An experienced performer of contemporary opera roles, Pastin has performed in the world premieres of Ben Moore’s Enemies, A Love Story (Masha) with Palm Beach Opera, Henry Mollicone’s Gabriel’s Daughter (Lucinda) with Central City Opera, and Markus Fagerudd’s Free Will (Gazardiel) with the Savonlinna Opera Festival. Other performance credits include the East Coast premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath (Rosasharn), Otello (Desdemona), The Rape of Lucretia (Female Chorus), Cosi fan Tutte (Fiordiligi), and Le Nozze di Figaro (Contessa Almaviva) with Pittsburgh Opera; La bohème (Mimì) at London’s Royal Albert Hall, and with Santa Fe Opera, Manitoba Opera, Nashville Opera, and Arizona Opera; Don Giovanni (Donna Anna) and Pagliacci (Nedda) with Austin Opera; I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Giulietta) with Annapolis Opera; Otello (Desdemona), La bohème (Mimi), La traviata (Violetta), and Le nozze di Figaro (Countess) with Syracuse Opera; and productions of Carmen (Micaëla) with Fresno Grand Opera, Northern Lights Music Festival, Finger Lakes Opera, and as Frasquita with Dallas Opera.
Pastin is a recipient of a Sullivan Foundation Award, second place winner of The Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, and a winner of the Opera Index Vocal Competition. She resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, visitwww.daniellepastin.com.