Dara R.Born : Nassau, Bahamas


Voice, Piano


Classical, Musical Theater, Spirituals, Gospel, Popular

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Bahamian-born soprano, Dara has been gracing the concert and operatic stage for twenty years. Highlights of her career include 4 seasons with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, 2 seasons with Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Sarasota Opera. After singing the role of Medora in Verdi’s “Il Corsaro” her reviewer stated that Dara "recalled Leontyne Price in looks as well as her sensual sound, Dara was a poised presence, bringing out the melancholy yearning of her Act 1 Romanza with sensitivity.” The glowing reviews continued after she returned to Florida Grand Opera’s production of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte”, “Dara, a most spectacular First Lady. Her voice, beautifully placed and produced, soared over the ensemble with class and great style. Brava!” She began performing with the New York-Harlem Production’s tour of the Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”, a chapter in her career which has literally taken her around the globe. Her "Summertime" is described as being simply “sublime”.

Why I Work Well with Kids

I love working with kids because of the interesting perspective they bring into a lesson, kids often make me think differently. I believe that I work well with kids because I'm patient and understand that many musical concepts take time to perfect. I'm experienced with coming up with ideas that help students memorize and learn these concepts more easily. I am also happy to change the focus or redirect a lesson if it seems to be confusing or frustrating for a student in a particular moment. We will often revisit the lesson in the future after I've found a new way to present the lesson concept. I do this with my adult students as well. Each student is unique and therefore learn differently, so I do my best to understand where my students are and work with them from wherever that is.

Most Influential Bands / Musicians

Andre and Sandra Crouch, James Cleveland, Mozart, Chopin, Puccini, Verdi, HT Burleigh, Hale Smith, Margaret Bonds and Florence Price


Knitting, Tennis, Candy Making, Baking

Favorite Movies

You've Got Mail, Fighting Temptations, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Kingdom Come

Places Traveled

Austria, Germany, Japan, Italy, Sweden, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Spain


Chevy Chase MD, Kensington MD, Bethesda MD, DC- Upper NW, Lower NW, NE, Capitol Hill

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