With a radiant voice of beauty, power, nuance, and musicality, as well as a demanding stage presence, soprano LISA DALTIRUS (Serena) is poised for a major career worldwide. In her professional operatic debut as Tosca, The New York Times said, “imperious, her eyes ablaze, the very image of Tosca...she exuded an intangible electricity, that charge that comes across to the audience when something is really happening onstage.” Of a subsequent Tosca performance, Opera News reported, “plainly a star in the making...Leontyne Price is a clear (and welcome) model, vocally.... Her full, liquid sound illuminated line after line with musical polish and detail and soared impressively on high B-flats and Cs.”
Upcoming, she returns to the Seattle Opera as Desdemona in Otello and Leonora in Il trovatore, performs Tosca for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Serena in Porgy and Bess at the Washington National Opera, and Bess in Porgy and Bess on tour in London, Edinburgh, and Cardiff with the Cape Town Opera. Engagements during the past two seasons include her New York City Opera debut as Cilla in Margaret Garner, the title roles of Tosca and Aida for the Seattle Opera, Aida for the Portland Opera, Bess in Porgy and Bess at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Tosca for the Connecticut Opera and Arizona Opera.
In the 2006/07 season, she performed Bess in Porgy and Bess with the Michigan Opera Theater, followed by the role of Serena in the same opus in Philadelphia, and her role debut as Mimi in La bohème with the Opera Company of North Carolina. She returned to Europe as Nedda in I Pagliacci, and closed her season in critically acclaimed performances as Aida at the Cincinnati Opera. Daltirus opened the 2005/06 season with her first Leonora in Il trovatore in Hartford, Connecticut, returned to Philadelphia for Margaret Garner, made her Palm Beach Opera and Minnesota Opera debuts as Tosca, and returned to the Michigan Opera Theatre as Aida, followed by repeat performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Engagements in the 2004/05 season included Aida for the Connecticut Opera, followed by her Amsterdam debut as Lia in Debussy’s L’Enfant prodigue under the baton of Valery Gergiev at the Concertgebouw, and her Opera Company of Philadelphia debut in the title role of Aida. She continued the season as Tosca for her Michigan Opera Theatre and Carolina Opera debuts, and closed the season as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The 2003/04 season included her debut at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana.
Daltirus made both her critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut and her Avery Fisher Hall debut singing the title role of Aida in the “Triumphal Scene.” In addition, she recently debuted in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, in Mozart’s Requiem with the Mainline Ecumenical Choir and Symphony, in Poulenc’s Gloria with the Wichita Symphony, and in Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and returned to the Philadelphia Chamber Chorus to perform two versions of Dona Nobis Pacem, by Vaughan Williams and Fanshawe (from African Sanctus), and a concert performance of Porgy and Bess.