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Danielle Pastin

Praised by Opera News as having “a lovely demeanor and irresistible creamy timbre”, American soprano Danielle Pastin continues to gain critical acclaim for her engagements across the country. Ms. Pastin made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Masha in The Queen of Spades in 2011. Her other Metropolitan Opera engagements include Frasquita in Carmen, and covering the roles of Javotte in Massenet’s Manon, and Samaritana in Francesca di Rimini. 

Most recently, Ms. Pastin performed the role of Liu in Nashville Opera’s production of Turandot. Upcoming engagements include a return to Pittsburgh Opera as Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte; Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus with Opera Naples; Mimì in La bohème with Syracuse Opera; Desdemona in Otello with Dayton Opera; and Hanna in The Merry Widow with Pensacola Opera.

During Ms. Pastin’s Santa Fe Opera debut, she stepped in as Mimì in La bohème with only a few hours’ notice, subsequently receiving the Judith Raskin Memorial Award for Singers. Following this, she performed the role at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and with Manitoba Opera and Arizona Opera.

Ms. Pastin has been frequently featured in the world premieres of various productions including her European debut as Gazardiel in Markus Fagerudd’s Free Will with the Savonlinna Opera Festival, the role of Masha in Ben Moore’s opera Enemies, A Love Story at Palm Beach Opera, and the role of Lucinda in Henry Mollicone’s Gabriel’s Daughter at Central City Opera. She was also featured as the heroine Rosasharn in the East Coast premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath at Pittsburgh Opera.

Other recent performance highlights include the roles of Desdemona in Otello, Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, and Contessa Almavia in Le Nozze di Figaro with Pittsburgh Opera; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Nedda in Pagliacci with Austin Opera; Violetta in La traviata, and the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro with Syracuse Opera; productions of Carmen as Micaëla with Fresno Grand Opera, Northern Lights Music Festival, and Finger Lakes Opera, and as Frasquita with Dallas Opera; and Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Annapolis Opera.

Recital and concert performances include her Pittsburgh Symphony debut singing Juliet in Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet; and as the soprano soloist with the Eric Philharmonic

Orchestra in Verdi’s Requiem, and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915.  Ms. Pastin has been a resident artist at Pittsburgh Opera and the Intermezzo Opera Festival Training Program, and an apprentice artist at the Santa Fe Opera and at Central City Opera in Colorado.

She is the 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.