Daryl Freedman

— Mezzo-Soprano

“If the first cast was solid, the customary “Young Artist” performance towards the end of the run was, in some ways, even better, and it was to the credit of the ladies… She [Melody Moore] was supported by one of the WNO Young Artist Program étoiles, Daryl Freedman as Eboli. Still learning to wield her sizeable voice, Freedman crafted a human Eboli with glorious low notes and two solid arias.”
Harry Rose, Parterre, March 25, 2018 - Princess Eboli in 'Don Carlo' at Washington National Opera

"With her unfettered, steely mezzo, resilient from bottom to top, Daryl has a real flair for opera's quirky roles. Daryl recently gained her operatic laurels when she tackled the incredibly difficult lead role of a new chamber opera "Better Gods" at Washington National Opera. As queen Lili'uokalani, Hawaii's last reigning monarch, she gave a convincing and confident vocal and dramatic portrayal that would have tired many more experienced singers, with its dissonant score and interspersed with Hawaiian folksong. She has just appeared as a Valkyrie at in Washington operas Ring and Wagner seems to beckon for this big, confident versatile voice. In the meantime, she continues her training as a Domingo-Cafritz young artist in Washington."
Opera Now, May 2016 - Written in the Stars: Ten young American singers intent on taking the opera world by storm

"On the basis of two hearings, Marcellina in Figaro and Ortrud in last night’s “Ortrud! Wo bist du?” from Lohengrin, I have become a major fan of Philadelphia native, mezzo-soprano, Daryl Freedman. Her strong, slightly harsh, distinctive voice and somewhat imperious presence seems tailor made for both roles, as different as they may be in character."
San Francisco Classical Voice - Merola Grand Finale

"As the Queen, Mezzo-Soprano Daryl Freedman commands royalty and presence on the stage in both her voice and prowess. Her mighty range soars from a delicate upper register to a deep and soulful low sound."
BroadwayWorld - Queen Lili'uokalani in Luna Pearl Woolf's 'Better Gods' at Washington National Opera


Praised by Opera News for her "striking dark timbre" and "expansive, sumptuous" performances, mezzo-soprano Daryl Freedman is a recent graduate of the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.

Daryl Freedman begins the 2018-2019 season covering Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana at the San Francisco Opera. She will return to The Cleveland Orchestra for staged performances of Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos and to the Santa Fe Symphony and Boise Philharmonic for The Messiah. She was also make her debuts with the Lexington Philharmonic in the Verdi Requiem as well . . .

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