Soprano Daria Somers most recently performed the roles of Mimì in La bohème and the title role in Tosca with Pacific Opera Project, and Violetta in La traviata with Heartland Opera Theatre. Earlier in 2014, she portrayed the title role in Madama Butterfly with High Desert Opera, the Mother in James Darrah’s staging of Händel’s L'allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato as a guest artist at UCLA, and Giunone in Pacific Opera Project’s La Calisto. In 2013, she was featured as Micaëla in Carmen with the Southern Illinois Music Festival and was lauded for her emotional portrayal and “incredibly moving and lyrical singing” of La Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro with Pacific Opera Project. Previous roles with Pacific Opera Project include acclaimed turns as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. She has been performing with Los Angeles Opera's Outreach program since 2008 and can frequently be seen bringing opera to people all over Los Angeles County.
Ms. Somers made her operatic debut in 2006 with the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica. Other performances include the title role of Madama Butterfly with Montana Lyric Opera and Nevada Opera Theatre, La Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro and Gilda in Rigoletto with Center Stage Opera, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Operafestival di Roma in Italy, and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with Las Vegas’ Red Rock Opera. As a young artist at the Crested Butte Music Festival, she covered the role of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and was featured as the Bergère and the White Cat in L’enfant et les sortilèges, as well as in public scene and aria performances.
Concert engagements have included Schoenberg’s arrangement of Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra at the L.A. County Museum of Art, as well as Mimì in Act I of La bohème with the Valley Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Somers has received an encouragement award from the Metropolitan National Council’s Los Angeles District Auditions, as well as the Young Musicians Foundation’s prestigious Swerdlow Family Scholarship in both 2007 and 2008. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater from the University of California, Los Angeles where she was in the inaugural class of the Ray Bolger Musical Theater Program. After graduation, she studied classical acting at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England and advanced Italian language and classical singing at Istituto Europeo in Florence, Italy.