About Daniela

Daniela MaguraSelect credits: La Traviata (Flora) with Northern Lights Music Festival; The Little Prince (The Fox) with Savannah Music Festival; Eugene Onegin (Olga), The Rake’s Progress (Ensemble), and Dido and Aeneas (The Sorceress) with Mannes Opera.
Education: Mannes School of Music at the New School (Master of Music, 2020; Bachelor of Music, 2018).



To Watch

Virtual Sing-In, Part 2

Week Two Master Class

Opera Invasion 1: Ballads on Balconies, Tour C

Opera Invasion 2: Opera Open Book

Opera Invasion 3: Miller Bell Tower Sing-a-long

Cocktails, Concerts & Conversation, Week 8

"Against the Tide" (Chautauqua Opera Song Cycle)

Week Eight Master Class

Opera Invasion 4: Grand Finale - A Musical Tour of the Institution Grounds  

Young Artist Interview

Daniela Magura 1Q: What is your hometown?
A: Born in Munich, Germany but raised mostly in Naples, Florida!

Q: What was the first opera you saw and how old were you?
A: I was 9 years old and I saw Mozart’s Don Giovanni in the Teatro Antico di Taormina. 

Q: What was the first opera in which you performed?
A:As a chorus member at twelve years old in Donizetti’s L'elisir d’amore. First role was Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte.

Q: Opera features some pretty iconic characters. Who is your favorite operatic character and why?
A: There are so many characters who I have felt a strong connection to, but the first one I deeply admired and always will is no other than the iconic Carmen. This character is so deeply centered in who she is; she plainly lives honestly. She is commanding, compelling, cold blooded at times and completely open hearted at others. She thinks for herself and does not apologize for it, and embraces her sexuality in an entirely fearless way. Her tragic story can be viewed in so many different ways, and sends a message about strong women in society; a message that is continuously discussed and is ever evolving, as is Carmen herself. 

Q: Who are your opera singing idols?
A:  Frederica von Stade, Janet Baker, Joyce Didonato, Elina Garanca, Mirella Freni, Isabel Leonard, Kiri te Kanawa! Too many to name!

Q: What do you love most about opera?
A: It encompasses every art form into one truly remarkable experience. I will never forget the first time I heard opera; it awoke something in my soul untouchable by anything else, and it has healed and shaped me in more ways than one throughout the years. I believe this to be one of its greatest effects. Its history is rich, and its power is everlasting. 

Q: Chautauquans love their ice-cream! What is your favorite flavor?
A: A creamy vanilla! Cookies and cream! Cookie dough! Yum to all!

Photo caption: Daniela Magura as Olga in Eugene Onegin with Mannes Opera.