An Evening of Song – Danielle Talamantes and Kerry Wilkerson
Artist in Residence Performance
Event Types: Music
Oct 13, 2022 7:00 PM — Oct 13, 2022 8:30 PM
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Join us for an evening of song featuring internationally-renown artists Danielle Talamantes (soprano) and Kerry Wilkerson (bass-baritone). Danielle and Kerry will be spending the week of October 10-14 at the Fine Arts Center as Artists-in-Residence with the FAC Voice Studio. They will perform a program of music that is sure to delight the audience!
“It’s not often that an operagoer is fortunate enough to witness the birth of a star!,” noted of Soprano Danielle Talamantes’ recent turn as Violetta in "La Traviata" with Hawaii Opera Theatre. Last season she made her Washington National Opera début as Maria Hernández in Kamal Sankaram’s "Rise" as part of their production Written in Stone, returned to her signature role as Mimì in Puccini’s "La Bohème" with Jacksonville Symphony and three world premiers: "Mosaic for Earth" by composer Dwight Bigler at her Alma Mater, Virginia Tech, the rhapsody written for Talamantes and orchestra based on T.S. Eliot’s iconic poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" with the National Philharmonic, and the stunning choral cantata "Kohelet" with the Washington Master Chorale and Santa Clara Master Chorale; the latter two works by acclaimed composer Henry Dehlinger. The conclusion of the season was with the Fairfax Symphony in the Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and a debut as guest soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic.
A resonant singer with unique evenness in register, bass-baritone Kerry Wilkerson has been described by the Washington Post as an ‘exuberant’ performer having the “amber tone of a lyric baritone with the imposing weight demanded by Handel’s low-lying writing”. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in June 2017 to rave reviews as baritone soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Sancta Civitas.
Mr. Wilkerson has performed as bass-baritone soloist in Opera Roanoke’s gala concert, Handel’s Messiah with National Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic and La Jolla Symphony, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs with American University, Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with Spokane Symphony, Kodály’s Te Deum with Oregon Music Festival, Bach’s Mass in B minor with The City Choir of Washington, and much more.