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Danielle DiStefano


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.

Ms. Danielle 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 Tabarro.

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.

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.

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, Ontario.

Ms. DiStefano is a board member and Concert Coordinator for the Erwin H. Johnson Memorial Fund, Inc., and is

Vice-chair of Celebrate National Opera Week in Western New York and Ontario.

She created 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.”

Manga (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.)

The 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.

This exhibit and work has won Opera Volunteers International’s Project of Special Merit Award.

“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!

Contact her for venues in Western New York, Ontario Canada, and surrounding areas. [email protected]