Danielle Calder

Danielle completed her music degree at the VCA where she was the winner of the Sleath Lowrey Rotary Scholarship. She was also awarded the 2005 Dame Joan Hammond Greenroom Award. More recently Danielle was a member of the Victorian Opera Developing Artists’ Programme where she had the opportunity to cover major operatic roles and perform a solo recital in The Salon at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

For Melbourne Opera, Danielle has sung Mimi in La Boheme, Margeurite in Faust, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, the title role in Tosca, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte.


Earlier this year, Danielle performed the role of Sylviane in The Merry Widow for Opera Australia and the soprano solo in Verdi’s Requiem with UWA Choral Society in Perth.


In 2010, Danielle played the role of the Governess in The Turn of the Screw for Victorian Opera and also appeared as Giannetta in their 2008 production of The Elixir of Love.


In 2006/2007, Danielle toured regional Australia with OzOpera’s Carmen, performing the roles of Micaela and Frasquita. She also toured nationally with The Pirates of Penzance for Opera Australia, where she had the opportunity to perform the roles of Mabel and Edith.


In 2005, Danielle played Judith in a concert version of Bartok’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and the role of Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia with Lyric Opera of Melbourne.


In 2004, Danielle returned to Australia from the UK where she was based for over 3 years. During this time she studied in London and Italy, and toured England with Opera North UK in productions of Idomeneo and The Damnation of Faust.


In addition to her work on the operatic stage, Danielle enjoys performing on the concert platform. Highlights include the soprano soloist in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Handel’s Messiah for Gloriana Chamber Choir.