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© Philipp Jelenska

Daniela Fally

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Praised for her vocal abilities („Her coloratura satiny and clean, Daniela Fally is a calmly sunny, blessedly unperky Zerbinetta (…)” /THE NEW YORK TIMES) as well as for her acting skills and physical flexibility („she paired a wonderful coloratura solo with amazingly effortless full splits – without going even slightly off key“/Herald Tribune) and for her comic talent („An all-around comic spitfire dashing off high-notes with plenty of deceptive ease“/Chicago Daily Herald) the native Austrian opera singer Daniela Fally has established herself as one of the leading coloratura sopranos of her generation.


The born Viennese is the perfect combination of a singing actress or an acting singer. She was a dancer, an actress, a journalist and a musical theatre performer before she became an opera singer, and her goal for opera was always to combine the various genre skills to make opera as exciting, real and touching as possible.


For 14 years she has been singing at the Vienna State Opera (for 10 years as a member of the soloist ensemble) and she has been constantly invited as a guest artist to many of the most renowned opera houses worldwide. She has appeared repeatedly at La Scala Milan, the Semperoper Dresden, the Lyric Opera Chicago, the Bavarian State Opera Munich, at the Opéra National in Paris (Bastille), the Salzburg Summer and Easter Festival and the Bregenz and Mörbisch Festival, the opera festival Munich, the International „Maifestspiele Wiesbaden“, the State Opera Hamburg, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Theater an der Wien, the Kammeroper Wien, the Volksoper Wien, in Zürich, Düsseldorf, Strasbourg, Toulon, Darmstadt, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Liège, Liepaja and many other opera houses. Her engagements also took her to Japan, Dubai, China, Kazakhstan and Russia.


Daniela Fally is also very much at home on the concert stage and collaborated with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Concentus Musicus Vienna, with various Ensembles of the Vienna Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, the BR-Orchestra, the RSO Vienna, the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, the Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Johann Strauss Orchester, the Symphony Nova Scotia (Canada) and many other fine orchestras.


She performed more than 20 concerts and recitals at the Vienna Musikverein, more than ten at the Konzerthaus in Vienna; furthermore she appeared at the Lucerne Festival, the Musikverein Graz and Klagenfurt, the Arena Salzburg, the Hamburg Musikhalle, the Kongress Innsbruck to name but a few of her concert engagements. For seven years she has been invited repeatedly to the Grafenegg Music Festival.


Mrs. Fally recorded with Unitel, Deutsche Grammophon, ORF Edition, Orfeo and PBS.


Among her stage partners were Elina Garanca, Piotr Beczala, Roberto Alagna, Juan Diego Florez, Jonas Kaufmann, Neil Shicoff, Ludovic Tézier, Vittorio Grigolo, Angela Gheorgiu, Anna Netrebko and many other wonderful singers.


She collaborated closely with Christian Thielemann and her mentor Franz Welser-Möst, furthermore with Simone Young, Adam Fischer, Cornelius Meister, Jesús López Cobos, Leopold Hager, Ulf Schirmer, Asher Fisch, Kirill Petrenko, Kent Nagano, Fabio Luisi, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Evelino Pidò, Frédéric Chaslin, Marco Armiliato, Philippe Jordan, Peter Schneider, Bertrand de Billy, Christoph Eschenbach, Andrès Orozco-Estrada, Guillermo García Calvo, Julia Jones, Speranza Scapucci, among many others.


In the 24 years of her stage career she sang more than 750 performances (concerts not included) in 60 different roles in 64 different productions at 60 different opera houses and festivals. Until now she opened 46 new productions internationally.


Her repertoire includes opera, operetta and musical roles covering all styles and centuries, including „Old Music“ and the contemporary stage works of today, as well as numerous Lieder, symphonies, over 15 oratorios and even chansons and pop songs.


At the Vienna State Opera alone she sang more than 200 performances in 26 different roles, at the Vienna Volksoper more than 130 performances in 21 different roles.


She was part of the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concert 2018 performing in the famous intermission program, broadcast to 92 countries, watched by over 50 million viewers worldwide.


Mrs. Fally studied with Prof. Helena Lazarska (Opera) and Prof. Edith Mathis (Lied and Oratorio), she studied musical theatre performance at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and also journalism, music and theater science and publicity and communication science at the University Vienna, and finished her studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with distinction. She was awarded the „Würdigungspreis“ (Prize of Honor) of the University of Music and Performing Arts for her extraordinary achievements during her studies.


Soon after having started her career she was awarded the „Eberhard-Waechter-Medaille“ (an Austrian medal of honor for extraordinary achievements in performing a particular role on stage) for her interpretation of Adele in „Die Fledermaus“ at the Viennese opera houses, a role that until now she has sung around 100 times in 10 different productions all around the world, including Vienna, Milan and Chicago. She is also famous for her interpretation of Zerbinetta in „Ariadne auf Naxos“ (around 80 performances in 14 different productions), recently (2019) at the Semperoper Dresden under the baton of Christian Thielemann as well as with Franz Welser-Möst at the Cleveland Orchestra and at La Scala Milan.


January 2021 – For the most recent biography please contact Annette Kroll