Kansas City native soprano Danielle Barger is an emerging interpreter of opera and song alike. Danielle earned her Bachelor of Music degree in voice from the Juilliard School of Music. There she performed Geraldine in Samuel Barber's A Hand of Bridge, Nella in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Anna Hope in Virgil Thomson's The Mother of Us All, and the roles of La Gloria and Il Furore in the North American premier of Cavalli's La Doriclea. Danielle has worked with renowned artists Marilyn Horne, Jane Eaglen, Nico Castel, John Moriarty, Kathryn LaBouff, and Corradina Caporello. She received her Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory, where she sang under the baton of Stephen Lord, Joseph Mechavich, and Joseph Rescigno. While at NEC Danielle’s performances included title roles in Puccini's Suor Angelica and Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea. Danielle also sang the roles of Mozart and Donna Anna in the workshop of Steven Stucky and Jeremy Denk’s opera The Classical Style, which made its Carnegie Hall debut in December 2014. Recently, Danielle performed as the soprano soloist in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro William Boughton and has also performed with Providence Opera. Danielle performed the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience with Cimarron Opera in 2016 and returned to play the role of Josephone in HMS Pinafore. Danielle performed Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Lawrence Opera Theatre. Upcoming performances include the role of Pamina in Lawrence Opera Theatre‘s Die Zauberflöte as well as debuting with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City chorus in Eugene Onegin.
Danielle is a founding member of Kansas City based classical trio L’Air Vivant. L’Air Vivant performs concerts of varied repertoire for French horn, piano, and voice. L’Air Vivant explores the music for this unusual ensemble that ranges from classical to modern and anticipates commissioning and premiering new works.
Just as she was inspired at a young age to persue classical music, Ms. Barger has a passion for inspiring children to not only love listening to, but also performing this genre of music. As the music director for non profit theater companies, Danielle spent 5 years teaching and enriching children of all ages. She has worked with large and small groups, directing and teaching projects from casting through production. Danielle also filled this role for Cimarron Opera’s summer youth opera camp in 2016 and returned as assistant music director in 2017. She enjoyed leading rehearsals and conducting performances of their youth productions. Ms. Barger believes it is every performer‘s responsibility to inform, teach, and inspire the next generation to be passionate about music and artistic expression.