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Daniela Fally was born in Lower Austria and finished her degree in opera studies at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts with distinction (class of Helena Lazarska, lied and oratorio with Edith Mathis). Prior to this she completed courses in theatre studies, musical comedy and acting, with a final diploma in the performing arts (likewise with distinction). For her exceptional achievements during her vocal studies she was awarded the “Würdigungs Preis” (Award of Distinction) of the University of Music and the Performing Arts.
Daniela Fally has trodden the boards since she was nineteen years of age, at first in straight theatre, later in musical comedy and eventually in opera. In June 2006 she was awarded the Eberhard Waechter Medal for Singing for her interpretation of Adele (Die Fledermaus).
In 2006 Daniela Fally celebrated her internationally acclaimed debut at the Vienna State Opera in the role of Fiakermilli in Arabella by Richard Strauss conducted by Franz Welser Möst (available on DVD). Subsequently she became a member of the ensemble at the Vienna State Opera, where she has performed such roles as Zerbinetta (Ariadne), Sophie (Rosenkavalier), Oscar (Ballo in maschera), Rosina (Barbiere di Siviglia), the Italian singer (Capriccio) and Adele (Fledermaus). Prior to this she was under contract at the Volksoper Vienna for four years (2005-2009), which gave her the opportunity to develop a vast and versatile repertoire.
Guest engagements have taken Daniela Fally to many other houses, including the Salzburg Festival (opening of the first ball of the Salzburg festival in 2012, Blonde 2013), the Bregenz Festival, the Munich Opera Festival (Zerbinetta in 2011 and 2013), the Bavarian State Opera Munich (Adele, Zerbinetta), the Hamburg State Opera (Fiakermilli, Marie/Fille du Régiment in 2012 and 2013, Zerbinetta), the Semperoper in Dresden (Blonde, Sophie, conducted by Christian Thielemann in 2012 and 2013), the Zurich Opera House (Adele), the opera houses of Düsseldorf (Adele), Liège (Zerbinetta), Strasbourg (Blonde, Sophie) and Cologne (Zerbinetta), the Seefestspiele Mörbisch (Adele, available on DVD) and the Klagenfurt Stadttheater at the beginning of her career.
She has sung in concerts and recitals at the Lucerne Festival and several times at the Vienna Musikverein, also at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin (AIDS gala, available on CD), the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Stefaniensaal in Graz, the Salzburg Arena, the Grosser Kongresssal in Innsbruck, the Hamburg Musikhalle, the Prinzregententheater in Munich, the Theater Bonn and in Switzerland, Japan, China and Dubai.
Daniela Fally has worked with renowned conductors, including Adam Fischer, Asher Fisch, Leopold Hager, Julia Jones, Philippe Jordan, Simone Young, Ulf Schirmer, Peter Schneider, Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Bertrand de Billy, Christoph Eschenbach, Franz Welser-Möst, and Christian Thielemann.
Besides her extensive repertoire as a Lied recitalist and concert singer, her most important roles in opera include Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Marie (La fille du régiment), Norina (Don Pasquale), Olympia (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Fiakermilli (Arabella), Oscar (Ballo in maschera), Titania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and the role she was born to play, Adele (Die Fledermaus).
Recent highlights include her debuts at the Lyric Opera Chicago (Adele), at the Opéra Bastille in Paris and at the Semperoper Dresden (Zerbinetta), at the Salzburg Easter Festival under the baton of Christian Thielemann and Adele at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan where she was reinvited to sing Zerbinetta. At the Vienna State Opera she performed for example the title roles of Marie in La Fille du Régiment as well as Amina in La Sonnambula alongside Juan Diego Florez, Olympia with Piotr Beczala in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and Zerbinetta, also on tour in Tokyo. On 25 May 2021 Daniela Fally was awarded the title of “Kammersängerin” in Vienna. In October 2021 she was appointed Professor of voice at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna. Future projects include Fiakermilli at the Semperoper Dresden and numerous concerts e.g. in Vienna, Wiesbaden and Grafenegg.