Daniela Bruera was born in Cagliari, where she studied music at the P. da Palestrina Conservatory. She then moved to Milan, attending the singing courses at the "G. Verdi" Conservatory. In 1990 she won the As.Li.Co. Competition, which gave her the chance to debut in Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans, a work subsequently revisited in Naples with the Orchestra Sinfonica della Rai led by Alberto Zedda.
Daniela Bruera began her successful career taking part in a tour of Die Zauberflöte to the North of Italy, in Händel’s Trionfo del Tempo e della Verità and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in Milan, as well as in the first modern performance of Cimarosa’s L'amor rende sagace, with the staging of Enzo Dara (recorded for Bongiovanni).
For the celebrations of Rossini’s bicentenary, she travelled to Korea and Japan to perform in Petite Messe Solennelle and Il signor Bruschino, under the baton of Alberto Zedda. She then had several successful debuts in some of the most important Italian theatres (Sassari, Cagliari, Bergamo, Cremona, Torino, Ravenna, Como, Milan): in the roles of Giulia (La scala di seta), Rita (La Rita), Lucy (The Telephone by Menotti), Lisette (La Rondine), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Elisetta (Il matrimonio segreto), Clarice (La Locandiera di Auletta) and Iole (L'ercole amante by Cavalli). She also sang in Gluck’s Armide for the 1996/7 season opening of the Teatro alla Scala, under the baton of Riccardo Muti.
Daniela Bruera has subsequently travelled to Germany, where she specialised under the guidance of Anna Reynolds. In the 1998/9 season she sang in the Opera Bonn Ensemble performing, among others, the roles of Woglinde (Das Rheingold), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Maria (West Side Story), Nannetta (Falstaff).From 1999 until 2002 she was engaged at the Staatsoper in Berlin, where she has debuted the roles of Carolina (Il matrimonio segreto), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Nannetta (Falstaff), Musetta (Bohème), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), as well as the role of Despina in a new production of Così fan tutte under the baton of Daniel Baremboim.
She has made her debut at Wexford Opera Festival in a new production of Mirandolina (title-role), and toured throughout Germany in L’elisir d’amore Adina. After the successful appearance in the roles of Musetta in La Bohème, Estrella in Alfonso und Estrella and Anna in Marschner’s Hans Heiling in Cagliari, Daniela Bruera revisited the role of Mirandolina at the Teatro Rossini in Lugo, sang in the title role of Zaide at the Festival Mozart in La Coruna, and as Madama Cortese in Il viaggio a Reims at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova.
Among her recent engagements were interpretations of Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) at the Teatro Comunale in Ferrara and Modena, Gilda (Rigoletto) at the Teatro Regio in Parma, in Lucca and Hong Kong, Musetta (Boheme) at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and Violetta (La Traviata) in Lisbon and Tokyo, Nannetta (Falstaff) in Jesi and Fermo, Eudoxie (La Juive) at La Fenice in Venice and Stuttgart, Norina (Don Pasquale) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Teatro Regio Torino, Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) at the Teatro Regio in Parma, Rosina (Barbiere di Siviglia, Paisiello) Lausanne, Adina (Elisir d'Amore) Tours, Norina (Don Pasquale) in Bielefeld, at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and at the Teatro Regio Torino, Gretchen/Una Poenitentium (Szene aus Goethes Faust) at Teatro Regio Parma, Armida (Haydn's Armida) Tours.