Recently described by Opera News as "radiant," "poetically compelling," "delectably stylish" and "technically refined," soprano Talya Lieberman is equally at home with operatic, art song, operetta and musical theater repertoire. Starting in September 2016 she assumed the soprano position in the Opernstudio at Komische Oper Berlin, where was seen in over 120 performances over 2 seasons, including 6 premieres and spanning 5 countries. She continues on this season at KOB, reprising her roles in Fiddler on the Roof and Die Perlen der Cleopatra (both directed by Barrie Kosky), and adding the role of Dorothy in Pierangelo Valtinoni's new operatic version of the Wizard of Oz. Among other highlights from last year's season included Fire/Princess/Nightingale in Ravel's L'enfant et les Sortilèges, the lead role in the premiere of Paul Abraham's operetta Märchen im Grand Hotel, and Zerlina in Herbert Fritsch's production of Don Giovanni.
In the summer of 2016 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. The Spring prior, 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 had returned to Cincinnati after completing the summer of 2015 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).
In Spring 2015 she made her recital debut with the San Francisco Opera Center as part of their Schwabacher Debut Recital series. Praised by judges for her intense stage presence, risk-taking, superb vocalism, and outstanding dramatic performances, she was a 2-time winner in the 2015 and 2016 crossover opera/musical theater Lotte Lenya Competition (Kurt Weill Foundation).
2014 highlights included 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 poems, serving as editor-in-residence for friends and family, teaching anything that she is passionate about, and being an aunt to four magical children.