AIMS Alumna 2005 - Dramatic Soprano
Dramatic Soprano Dara Hobbs was born in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, USA and earned Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she was selected for membership in the Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Kappa Lambda national honor societies.
A regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Competition, Ms. Hobbs began her professional stage experience in the choruses of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Diego Opera, as a member of Chicago Opera Theater’s Debut Artists Series, and as an Apprentice Artist and subsequently as a Studio Artist with Sarasota Opera. Subsequently she received a Metropolitan Opera Competition scholarship to the 2005 American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria and also studied at the 2006 Vocal Arts Symposium in Spoleto, Italy.
Ms. Hobbs has performed at some of Germany’s leading opera houses, including the Bayreuther Festspiele, Opera Frankfurt, Aalto‐Musiktheater Essen, Opera Leipzig, Staatsoper Hannover, Theater Chemnitz, Deutsche Oper am Rhein and Theater Bonn. Her engagements outside Germany include performances in the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal and the United States.
Her engagements include performances as Brünnhilde (Die Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung), Isolde (Tristan and Isolde), Senta (Der Fliegende Holländer), Sieglinde (Die Walküre), Salome (Salome), Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos), Lisa (Pique Dame), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Aida (Aida), Tosca (Tosca), Angelica (Suor Angelica) und Elisabeth (Don Carlo).
Her concert and oratorio engagements include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Missa Solemnis, Brahms’ Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Paulus, Liszt’s Cristus and Vivaldi’s Gloria. Other performances include Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and numerous solo recitals.
She has worked with conductors such as Kirill Petrenko, Valery Gergiev, Marek Janowski, Sebastian Weigle, Lawrence Foster, Stefan Blunier, Howard Arman, Karen Kamensek, Victor DeRenzi and Frank Beerman.