Argentina: Daniela Mack
Mezzo-soprano - born 1982
Daniela Mack was born in Buenos Aires and studied at Louisiana State University. She studies now with Cesar Ulloa. In the 2012/2013 season, Daniela Mack made her debut at the English National Opera as Sesto Julius Caesar. Other debuts include Nancy Albert Herring at Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse and Madrigal Singer Manon Lescaut at Washington National Opera.This year she debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Falla’s La vida breve under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and at the Cincinnati Festival in Mozart’s Requiem under James Conlon.
Recent engagements include Nancy Albert Herring under James Conlon at Los Angeles Opera, Isabella L’Italiana in Algeri at Opéra National de Bordeaux and Florentine Opera, Angelina La Cenerentola at Opera Colorado and Madison Opera, Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia at Pittsburgh Opera, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro at the Verbier Festival and at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Idamante Idomeneo at San Francisco Opera and Tamiri Il re pastore at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Recent concert performances included Handel’s Messiah with the Calgary and Edmonton Philharmonics and Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Future engagements include Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia for San Francisco Opera in November.
Daniela enjoys reading and salsa dancing.
- Winner of Concert Four
Où suis-je?…O ma lyre immortelle (Sapho) Gounod
Sapho was ﬁrst performed in 1851, and this is the best-known aria in the work. The poet Sapho has won a competition on Mount Olympus for poetic recitation. She returns to Lesbos, where her lover Phaon betrays her. Sapho sings these ﬁnal verses to her lyre, bidding it farewell before she throws herself to her death in the sea.
Ah qual gelido orror…Il padre adorato (Idomeneo) Mozart
Idomeneo, King of Crete, has vowed to the god Neptune that he will sacrifice the first living creature he meets if only Neptune would save him from perishing at sea. He sees Idamante, and, realising he is his long-lost son, orders that he must never speak to him again. Not knowing that Idomeneo is trying to get out of his vow and devastated by this rejection, Idamante sings of the pain inflicted by his beloved father.
Nacqui all'affanno…Non più mesta (La Cenerentola) Rossini
Cinderella sums up the events of the fairy-tale and tells how she has won good fortune. She tells her family to dry their disappointed tears, and share in her happiness with her new-found prince. In the cabaletta she declares that she will no longer sit sadly beside the hearth.
O wüsst ich doch den Weg zurück (Op 63 No 8) – Brahms
Meine Liebe ist grün (Op 63 No 5) – Brahms
Havanaise - Pauline Viardot-Garcia
Plainte d'amour (No 3) - Pauline Viardot-Garcia/Chopin
Pampamapa (No 6) - Guastavino
Amici, in ogni evento…Pensa alla patria (L'Italiana in Algeri) - Rossini
Isabella is an Italian woman who has been captured with her companions by Mustafa, the Bey of Algiers, who wants to marry her. Isabella agrees on condition that he will join her ‘Pappataci’, men who agree to let women do as they please. She urges the other Italians on with patriotic fervour in this bravura aria.
Verdi prati (Alcina) – Handel
The hero Ruggiero is on an enchanted island, pursued by the sorceress, Alcina. After a lot of magical transformations, with the wrong people falling in love, Ruggiero is given a magic ring which shows the island in its true light. The beautiful green meadows, leafy woods and babbling brooks will soon be transformed into a bleak desert. He realizes that his obsession with Alcina, as well as the beautiful surroundings, are mere illusion.
Qu'entends-je?…Amour, viens rendre à mon âme (Orphée et Eurydice) – Gluck
Orpheus has lost Eurydice, who has descended into Hades. He determines to go there and rescue her, and calls on Love to strengthen his soul.