Recently described by Opera News as "poetically compelling," "delectably stylish" and "technically refined," soprano Talya Lieberman is equally at home with operatic, art song, and musical theater repertoire. Starting in September 2016 she assumed the soprano position in the Opernstudio at Komische Oper Berlin, where she can be seen this season in over 65 performances, including 4 premieres.

This summer she made her Cincinnati Opera debut in the world premiere of Gregory Spears’ Fellow Travelers, after which she participated in Edith Wiens’ Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Germany.  This spring she made her Opera Columbus debut as Musetta in La Bohème and performed the title role in Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she graduated with an Artist Diploma in May 2016.  She returned to Cincinnati this fall after completing a summer as a Filene Young Artist with Wolf Trap Opera, where her ability to “make a point with the merest flick of a finger” (Washington Post) shined in a highly lauded run as Susanna in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro.  She also appeared in concert with Steven Blier at Wolf Trap in a program celebrating the Broadway legacy of the Rodgers family (The Rodgers Family - A Century of Musicals).  

Last spring she made her recital debut with the San Francisco Opera Center as part of their Schwabacher Debut Recital series, and was the recipient of the Lys Symonette Award for Outstanding Dramatic Performance in the Kurt Weill Foundation's 2015 Lotte Lenya Competition.  Praised by the judges for her intense stage presence, risk-taking, and superb vocalism, she took home 3rd prize this year's Lotte Lenya Competition.

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2014 highlights include performing Gretel in concert with the Cincinnati Symphony and in full production at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, as well as winning first prize in the Irma M. Cooper Vocal Competition (Opera Columbus).  In the summer of 2014 she sang the title role in Handel’s Semele as part of the Schwabacher Concert Series with the Merola Opera Program in a performance that “made a particularly deep impression… [Lieberman’s] depiction of Semele’s vanity under the spell of Juno’s magic mirror involved the rapid-fire delivery of one comic turn after another, all delightfully coupled with her command of coloratura fireworks” (San Francisco Examiner).  In 2013, she won first prize at the Alida Vane International Voice Competition (2013) in Latvia, where she studied on a Fulbright scholarship for the 2012/2013 school year.  

Talya is a convert from the orchestra pit and started singing after receiving her master’s degree in trumpet performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts under the tutelage of Judith Saxton.  She completed her B.A. at Duke University with highest distinction in linguistics (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude).  She is a two-time winner of full tuition and stipend—winning the Russell-Seybold and Italo Tajo Awards, respectively—at the Opera Scholarship Competition of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Bill McGraw. 

Talya lived a few lives before coming to opera full-time; she worked on sleep apnea research as a research coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, served as program coordinator for the El Sistema inspired program Play On, Philly!, and had a short stint as a singer-songwriter.  She is an avid student of contact improvisation and various forms of meditation.  She loves reading the New Yorker, writing sonnets, serving as editor-in-residence for friends and family, teaching anything that she is passionate about, and being an aunt to four incredibly magical children.


Photographer: Anna Wu