Ms. Danielle DiStefano comes highly recommended as a classically trained, professional vocalist. Her ability in singing operatic, sacred, musical theater, jazz, ballads, Italian street songs and Bollywood has brought rave reviews and many encore performances from her audiences as one of Western New York's finest vocal performers.
DiStefano, soprano, attended SUNY Fredonia for Vocal Performance.
She made her operatic debut at sixteen in Puccini's Suor Angelica with
Opera Sacra, and has performed with Nickel City Opera in Rigoletto,
Amahl and the Night Visitors, Il Trovatore, and Il
She has performed with the Cadenza Opera Workshop singing eight leads for
semi-staged selected opera scenes including La Traviata as
Violetta, and La Bohème as Mimì.
Danielle has participated in
several Masterclasses and an Operavision Academy program, working with
legendary maestro Sir Richard Bonynge and iconic soprano Aprile Millo in both
Canada and Italy.
Recent local appearances include Celebrate National Opera Day in Buffalo, NY
(2015, 2016, 2017), the Vetere Studio’s “Opera Spectacular,” and “Sogni D’Italia” in Niagara Falls,
As a resident artist of Opera Niagara, she covered the Contessa in their Le Nozze di Figaro, and sang the Dama in
Opera Niagara’s Macbeth. She
is also their supertitlist and resident music historian.
Ms. DiStefano is a board member and
Concert Coordinator for the Erwin H. Johnson Memorial Fund, Inc., and is
of Celebrate National Opera Week in Western New York and Ontario.
and designed the logo and website for Celebrate National Opera Week in WNY and
Ontario and collaborataes with the performing musical organizations and musicians to coordinate and promote their events during Opera Week every year.
Ms. DiStefano also maintains with monthly updates, the website she designed for the Buffalo
& WNY Vocal Alert, a community service dedicated
to enhancing public awareness of the numerous exceptional vocal concerts and
performances offered for all to enjoy.
As a visual artist, her second all age opera coloring book, Manga and Mozart, has debuted, with an exhibit at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, “Danielle
DiStefano and the Art of Opera.”
(Japanese drawing style) meets Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and more.
Featuring hand drawn historically accurate opera costumes in historical settings, worn by whimsical Manga versions of the opera’s characters. Interesting facts about each opera
are included on separate pages, with borders that also depict the style and
fashion of that time-period.)
book and exhibit were inspired as part of National Opera Week, and are used as
outreach for schools and senior resident homes. The coloring books are being distributed to opera houses
and concert halls throughout the country and is available on Amazon.
exhibit and work has won Opera Volunteers International’s Project of Special
“Manga & Mozart” is now available on Amazon for all to enjoy.
As a published author, her articles have been featured in OperaBuffs of WNY, Modern Singer magazine and Opera Volunteer International’s newsletters. She has
recently been asked to assist Opera Volunteers International in writing a
manual for opera boards, musical organizations and advocacy groups to expand on
or host their own regional Opera Week celebrations.
A dedicated and constant advocate of classical and operatic music education, Ms. DiStefano has created the EHJ Memorial Fund’s popular outreach program Singing it Forward,
writing and teaching educational presentations on opera history and music science
for school children, teens, and seniors. She offers six classes
with topics ranging from “The Olympics of Singing” to “Give My Regards to
Broadway.” (A new series will be available in late 2018.)
In April 2016, Ms. DiStefano was recognized and awarded the Opera Volunteers International’s
prestigious Partner in Excellence Award for her outstanding dedication and
advocacy for opera and classical music in the community… becoming one of seven
recipients in the world to do so that year.
Ms. DiStefano is honored and excited to continue sharing her love of music… be
it in the opera house, lecture hall, school auditorium or as community service.
She will bring elegance and savvy to your venue!