" Fenena was sung by Danielle Rohr with gorgeous timbre and immense radiance."
The American mezzo-soprano began the 2019-20 season with her role debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at the Mozart Festival in Schwetzingen, Germany. Critics have regarded her Elvira as "definitively demanding and dynamic" -Mannheimer Morgen 2019, and as "a powerful woman with an enthralling vocal presence" -Die Rheinpfalz 2019. This season she will go on to sing Petra in the world premier of Eichberg's Wolf unter Wölfen, and Fenena in Verdi's Nabucco with Theater Koblenz, where she made her debut last fall in the title role of Rossini's La Cenerentola. Also to great acclaim, she portrayed Kitty Oppenheimer in John Adam's Doctor Atomic, praised for "demonstrating an enormous condition and powerful interpretation of the character" -Rhein Zeitung 2019, and for her "bright, sensitive, guided mezzo-soprano" -Die Deutsche Buhne 2019. This spring, she returned to her home state (Kansas, USA) appearing as the alto soloist in the Messiah Festival of the Arts. Other recent roles include Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Ottavia in L'incoronazione di Poppea, and Eunice in A Streetcar Named Desire, along with sacred works including Mozart's Requiem and Coronation Mass.
Internationally, Rohr has been a featured soloist in the Moonlight Festival with the revered Philharmonie Baden-Baden in Switzerland. Throughout Mexico she sang in a series of Händel concerts, Concierto Barrocco. At Teatro de los Héroes in Chihuahua, Mexico and Teatro Ramón Lopez Velarde in Zacatecas, Mexico, she was seen as Dorabella in Così fan tutte. With the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik in Innsbruck, Austria, she sang Second Witch in Dido and Aeneas.
Rohr performed various roles as a young artist, including Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Heartland Opera Theater, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Opera in the Ozarks, and Dorabella in Così fan tutte with the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar. She completed her studies with academic honors at Wichita State University (M.M.) and William Jewell College (B.S.). Rohr was a consecutive NATS Regional Finalist, winning both 3rd and 4th prizes, a Cesti Internationaler Wettbewerb semi-finalist, a WSU Concerto Aria finalist, and a Koch Cultural Trust grant recipient. She has worked with esteemed professionals including Joyce DiDonato, Håkan Hagegård, Martin Katz, and Alan Held, and she currently studies with W. Stephen Smith.