Highlights of her last concert season included a tour of Charpentier’s La Couronne de Fleurs and La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers, Handel’s Messiah with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and Bach’s Magnificat with the American Bach Soloists. In the coming season Danielle will appear with the Boston Early Music Festival, Pacific MusicWorks, and Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra, and she will sing the role of Ariodante with San Francisco’s Black Box Baroque in March.
Danielle Sampson is an avid performer of baroque, classical, and contemporary music. She is known for her “youthful and light timbre” (Classical Voice North America) and “a compassionate calm and a warm, glowing tone” (Boston Globe).
In 2016, Danielle appeared with the Stanford Chorale for Mozart's C Minor Mass, Black Box Baroque as Ruggiero in Handel's Alcina, and the bay area's Amaranth Quartet for a performance of new and old works for string quartet and voice, as well as contemporary pieces arranged by Danielle and members of the quartet. In June Danielle performed in the Berkeley Early Music Festival with Nash Baroque Ensemble, Liaison Baroque Ensemble, and Jarring Sounds. Most recently she performed in the St. Matthew Passion with the California Bach Choir, Bach's Magnificat with the Northwest Baroque Masterworks, and a concert of Old and New Spain with Pacific MusicWorks.
Danielle has appeared with Pacific MusicWorks, the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, the California Bach Society, Early Music Vancouver, the Boston Early Music Festival, the American Bach Soloists, the Stanford Chorale, San Francisco Bach Choir, Black Box Baroque, St. Martin's Chamber Choir, Amaranth Quartet, the Guerrilla Composers Guild, Prodigal Opera Productions, and the Alabama Symphony. She is a founding member of the duo Jarring Sounds with guitarist/theorbist/lutenist Adam Cockerham, and they released a self titled album in 2012 of music by Guédron, Boësset, Bataille, Monteverdi, Purcell, Britten, and Goss. Danielle also appears on a 2015 recording of Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the Stanford Chorale and the Lawrence String Quartet.
In the summer of 2015 Danielle sang the part of the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Early Music Vancouver, who Vancouver Classical Music called “a delight, interacting with the witches in a manner born.” She performed the role of Melanto in Monteverdi’s Ulisse for the 2015 Boston Early Music Festival, which was “charmingly portrayed” (Boston Globe).
In 2014 Danielle performed the soprano chorales in Boston Early Music Festival’s production of Johann Sebastiani’s Matthew Passion, in which she "displayed great range, from a meaty middle to subtle pianos in the high register..." (Classical Voice North America). In March she performed a tour of Charpentier’s La Couronne de Fleurs and La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers, Handel’s Messiah with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and Bach’s Magnificat with the American Bach Soloists.
Danielle earned her BM at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, and her MM at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Danielle currently resides in Seattle.
Photographer: Madeleine Robertson