Danielle Woerner: Singer
Photo by Michael Gold
"One of the shining lights of New York's musical life"
— New York Post
Praised for her charismatic and beautiful performances onstage, and
her recordings that capture the essence of music of our time, Danielle
enjoys a varied career as a soprano soloist
that spans an impressively broad repertoire.
It includes classical and operatic music from the middle ages through
the 21st century; jazz, folk and world music; musical theater and
cabaret. Her many New York City performances have been in venues
ranging from La MaMa to Lincoln Center, including a recital debut at
Merkin Concert Hall that was praised by
The New York Times
appearances at Carnegie (Weill) and CAMI Halls. She has been heard
over National Public Radio, WAMC's Northeast Public Radio Network,
WMHT-WRHV, and all of New York City's classical, public and university
In staged works, Danielle has sung principal roles in operas and
musical theater productions (Rigoletto, Carmen, Die Zauberfloete, Dido
& Aeneas, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Gianni Schicchi, The Impresario,
The Gypsy Baron, The Most Happy Fella, Follies, Into the Woods
and more) with the Amato, Brooklyn Lyric
and Delaware Valley Opera Companies, NYCA, the Gilbert & Sullivan
Musical Theatre Company, and the Rhinebeck and Shandaken Theatrical
Societies. The singer-actress received high marks for her realization
of the role of student Sharon Graham in Terrence McNally's play
based on Maria Callas's master classes at Juilliard, in a
May 2001 run of the Tony Award-winning play at Poughkeepsie's
"A VERSATILE SOPRANO" [ headline ]
"Danielle Woerner has the kind of voice that sends
shivers down your spine with its trueness and variety.
She's equally at home in opera, Gilbert and Sullivan, and concerts."
— Times Herald-Record, Middletown, NY.
While she sang Verdi’s Lady MacBeth in Master Class
, she turned to
more modern musical fare when she created the two leading female roles
in Barbara Benary’s gamelan opera,
which premiered in New York in 1994; took part in Pauline Oliveros’s
commissioned by the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival (2000); and
provided the vocals in
musical score for Shakespeare’s King Lear
at the Asolo
Performing Arts Center in Sarasota, FL.
Danielle's work with living composers is a special calling. Several
have written pieces expressly for her. She has given first
performances of music by John Cage, Arsenio Girón, Philip Glass, Edith Gutierrez,
Daron Hagen, Stefania de Kenessey, Otto Luening, Barry O'Neal, Robert
Starer, Enrique Ubieta, and many others,
including Beethoven's contemporary, Ferdinando Paer.
During her highly successful fall 2000 semester as Artist in Residence
at Ulster County Community College in Stone Ridge, NY, Danielle gave a
concert, "Voices of the Valley," that featured music of living Hudson
Valley composers Robert Baksa, James Fitzwilliam, Aurora Northland,
Richard Olsen, Peter Schickele, Alan Shulman and Robert Starer.
Composer/pianists Schickele, Northland and Fitzwilliam accompanied her
in their own pieces. That program, also performed on a new-music
series at the Pleshakov Music Center in Hudson, NY, has been recorded
in the studio for a
new Voices of the Valley CD
on Albany Records (Troy 877, released
|"WOERNER FILLS ARIAS WITH EMOTION" [ headline ]|
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"Treated her capacity audience to excerpts from operatic standards with
all the aplomb of a staged performance...
[and] drew from the arias all the joy and pain that Monteverdi and
– Times Herald-Record, Middletown, NY.
Early in her career, Danielle participated in several recordings by
the NYC chamber chorus The Canby Singers (Telarc and RCA), and later
in Leonard Bernstein’s live recording of the Mahler 3rd Symphony with
the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall.
She is the voice of Margaret Reed, a principal role, on the 2003
original studio cast album of
Forlorn Hope: The Donner Party Musical,
by composer/lyricist Michael Bitterman.
In 1999, her first
full-length solo CD was issued on the Parnassus Records label (PACD
She Walks in Beauty: Soprano Danielle
Sings Chamber Music and Songs of Otto Luening and Robert Starer
The disk features
supporting performances by pianists Robert Starer (his only
commercially available recording as a performer) and Sylvia Buccelli,
flutists Patricia Spencer and Marcia Gates, clarinetist Jean Kopperud,
cellist Susan Seligman, and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String
Collaborations with Manhattan-based chamber groups have brought
Danielle together with The Risorgimento Project (specializing in music
of the Italian salon tradition), the Laurentian String Quartet, and
new-music ensembles the Da Capo Chamber Players, Composers
Concordance, Gamelan Son of Lion, and North-South-Consonance. In
opera and oratorio/orchestra appearances, she's worked with conductors
including Harold Farberman, Randall Craig Fleischer, Luis
Garcia-Renart, Barbara Pickhardt, Harold Rosenbaum, Martin
Rutishauser, Johannes Somary and Ignace Strasfogel.
Standing ovations greeted concerts throughout Spain in July 2007, where she
was featured as soloist on tour with Rosenbaum.
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"A fresh, agile voice of ingratiating sweetness; artful singing,
intelligent and idiomatic in several repertoires."
— The New York Times (formal recital debut)
In the Hudson Valley, she's heard in return solo
engagements with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Woodstock Chamber
Orchestra, Ars Choralis, Camerata Chorale/Ulster Choral Society, SUNY
New Paltz College-Community Chorus, Taghkanic Chorale and other
ensembles. She has appeared on concert series including Maverick
Concerts (Woodstock), the Grand Montgomery Chamber Music Series
(Montgomery), the Hudson Valley BachFest (Cornwall), Lunch 'n' Listen
(Poughkeepsie), Saugerties Pro Musica, and Concerts on the Hill
(Hopewell). In October 2004, she and pianist-composer James
Fitzwilliam gave a recital called “For Your Ears Only: Music for the
Heart and Hearth,” on the inaugural season of the Trail Mix Music
Festival in Olivebridge, NY; they frequently perform together on
Hudson Valley recital series. The following summer, Danielle gave two
celebrated performances at the Maverick Concert Hall of Heitor
Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasilieras No.5, in its arrangement for
soprano and eight cellos. It was among the many performances she's
given that are consistently included in
critics' year-end roundups of the year's best musical events in the
Far from being all seriousness, Danielle enjoys doing comedy with the
likes of performance poet-musicians Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles
As one of the co-creator/performers of
A Sixties Cabaret,
she joins other cabaret, pop and rock musicians in an
entertaining, enlightening look at a revolutionary decade.
She writes her own songs, some of which mine a humorous vein. And she
enjoyed playing three gongs at a time (sometimes while singing
Balinese songs too) when she was part of the Balinese gong kebyar
gamelan Giri Mekar, an Indonesian percussion orchestra founded by
Steve Reich & Musicians drummer Garry Kvistad. “I miss the gamelan,”
says Danielle, who had to give it up when evenings got too busy with
rehearsals and teaching. “It was my musical meditation, sitting there
inside my little cage of gongs. And I didn’t have to be perfect—just
SOLOIST and professional ensemble
member for performances in opera, oratorio, and with orchestra
CONCERT PROGRAMS --
Just a sampling of the options!
"For Your Ears Only: Music for the Heart and Hearth," a classical recital
James Fitzwilliam, of
songs written for intimate
circumstances: living rooms, salons, cabaret. Wonderful for a
small-to-medium-sized recital hall, school, or a Hauskonzert in your own
"A Sixties Cabaret" --
revisit the music of this decade of creativity and change, with vocalists
Woerner, Jennie Litt, pianist David Alpher, percussionist Larry Balestra,
and additional singers and instrumentalists, up to 7 performers. Not just
the "greatest hits" predictably played on sixties-nostalgia radio
channels, this show mines lots of little-known gems, as well as the best
of the classics, interspersed with sparkling patter.
HEAVENLY VOCALS for your
weddings, parties, special events:
Danielle will sing classical, jazz, popular or folk music with any
combination of instruments your heart and pocketbook desire: string
quartet, guitar, flute, harp, jazz combo, the organist at your wedding
location. She'll organize the music for your event and contract
players and additional singers. Theme programs are a specialty.
Would you like a...
Medieval or Renaissance feast with music on period instruments
Flower Child flashback
All-French, Italian, or German musical theme
Your Idea Here (We'll custom-create a musical program to suit).
SING-ALONG PARTIES: Danielle will lead
the music for a
gathering of your song-loving friends in your own home. Pre-planning
with you, coupled with a spontaneous approach at the party, allow the
music to flow with the mood of the evening.
Click here to contact
Danielle about availability and rates