Bucknell Spotlight: Daniele Gold

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If it were a competition, Daniele Gold’s vocal skills would without a doubt win first place (just as her last name implies).  With an affinity for music and a love for singing, Daniele has taken the Bucknell music scene by storm.  Daniele has been singing with the Bucknell Opera Company since her first year on campus, and she also sings with Bucknell’s all female a cappella group, The Silhouettes.  Whether it be performing classical opera or belting out a rendition of Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend,” Daniele’s rich voice and captivating presence make her a standout performer who is absolutely unforgettable. Dressed in a military jacket, skinny jeans, ankle boots, and a grey t-shirt, Daniele casually and confidently strolls over to me in 7th St. Café for our interview.  With her dark brown hair tied up in a ponytail, Daniele smiles brightly as she sits down to chat. After a few minutes of catching up, I first ask Daniele to recall when she fell in love with music. “I’ve been singing ever since I could speak,” she said. “I’m from a very musical family, so I always ended up around the piano.  I began taking voice lessons in 7th grade and started singing more and more from there.”

At Bucknell, Daniele is a recipient of the highly selective Arts Merit Scholarship.  “I auditioned for the Arts Merit program and was offered a position in the Opera Company.  It was definitely an adjustment and pretty challenging at first since I’d only sung a few opera songs and had only gone to one or two operas.  I sung more classical music before coming to Bucknell.”  When I asked her more about the Opera Company, Daniele described her rigorous practice routine.  “The Opera Company is pretty intensive; we have to learn all the music on our own then eventually practice it together. During my sophomore year, I once calculated how much time I rehearse per week.  It came to about 30 hours per week that I spent working on the music,” she recalls.

DSCN0160   In addition to the intense practice routine, Daniele discusses other challenges of maintaining the Opera Company lifestyle.  “It’s difficult to balance my other responsibilities and commitments on top of practicing for the Company…9:00 a.m. Saturday practices are not always fun or ideal!  I love all the things I do here, so I want to make sure that I perform my best without sacrificing anything.  Also, many pieces we perform are artistically challenging; you just have to get them.  I listen to recordings and practice as much as I can; I do whatever it takes.” However, what Daniele enjoys the most about the Opera Company is the challenge of performing.  “I love being able to push myself. I know my hard work has really paid off whenever I perform and it all comes together.”

A dedicated musician and student, Daniele is a Vocal Performance major and Neuroscience minor.  She is pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree, with the hopes of one day working in the opera world.  “I’ve interned at arts organizations for the past two summers and loved them; both were such great experiences.  I’d love to work in the Performing Arts field and still take voice lessons,” she said.

Before the real world hits, though, Daniele will sing in her last solo recital this Sunday in the Rooke Recital Hall.  Her Senior Recital starts at 4:00 p.m. and is completely free to students and members of the community.  “I’ll be singing opera in English, Italian, French, and German.  Also, senior Devon Gorman will be accompanying me on the flute for some songs. I’m performing material that I’ve been working on for the past year and a half, so any support is much appreciated!” she exclaims.

So make sure you carve an hour out of your Sunday afternoon to watch and listen to Miss Gold’s final solo performance on the Rooke Recital Hall stage.  Don’t miss out on the chance to see this incredibly sweet, talented, and devoted Bucknellian do her thing…you’ll thank me later!  As for Daniele, I know she’ll achieve much success post-Bucknell and will do nothing less than “go for the gold” since it is in her nature to shine. Rock on, sister!

Don’t Stop the Beat,

Jen Lassen