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Cast Biographies for Die Walküre—Act I

Danielle Davis

Danielle Davis, Soprano (Sieglinde)

Soprano Danielle Davis (Sieglinde) has sung in notable venues internationally and worked with such namely artists as Peter Mark, Jeanine Altmeyer, Ricky Ian Gordon, Linda Watson, and Elizabeth Hagedorn. She appeared as a Guest Artist at the Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival and with The Metropolitan Opera Guild’s “Masterly Singers Series”, as well as in Austria with the AIMS Festival Orchestra. Some of Ms. Davis’ best-known roles are Tosca and Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterly), Turandot and Chrysothemis (Elektra), Giorghetta (Il Tabarro), Suor Angelica, and Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte). Ms. Davis has also been a dancer for many years. You can watch video of her at:

John Packard

John Packard, Heldentenor (Siegmund)

Opera Magazine wrote that Heldentenor John Packard (Siegmund), has “a seamless voice, with character and gleaming upper register.” Mr. Packard created the role of Joseph deRocher for San Francisco Opera’s world premiere of Jake Heggie’s highly acclaimed “Dead Man Walking.” Among the opera companies where Mr Packard has performed are Hawaii Opera Theater, Shreveport Opera, and Teatro Lirico d’Europa. Mr. Packard is the recipient of a Robert Jacobson grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation. You can watch video of him at:

Ben Wager

Ben Wager, Bass (Hunding)

Bass Ben Wager (Hunding) is a 2009 graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. He was also member of the prestigious Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera. Some of the opera companies where Mr. Wager has performed are Opera Philadelphia, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Minnesota Opera here in the US. Among his international appearances are Den Norske Opera in Oslo, and Deutsche Oper Berlin. Mr. Wager has also been active on the concert stage, performing with orchestras including the Oratorio Society of New York, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Mozarteum of Salzburg. You can watch video of him at:

Yoonhak Baek

Yoonhak Baek, Conductor

Conductor and pianist Yoonhak Baek was graduated from both the Curtis Institute of Music (AD), and Temple University (MM). He holds a bachelor degree of Electrical Engineering from Seoul National University. Maestro Baek is professor at Yeungnam University and Artistic Director for ConcertOPERA, Philadelphia (COPA). Among his operatic credits are Opera Delaware, Opera Memphis, and Curtis Opera Theater. His orchestral conducting includes appearances with the Korean Broadcast System Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, Suwon Philharmonic, Daegu Symphony Orchestra, and Bucheon Philharmonic.



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