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Danielle de Niese’s “sweet, gleaming soprano,” “phenomenal musicality” and “sharply comic, yet utterly moving acting,” combined with an entrancing physical presence, have launched her into a spectacular career. She has been called “Opera’s coolest soprano” by the New York Times Magazine and “not just a superb performer, but a phenomenal one” by Opera News. Marie Claire magazine has named de Niese to their influential list of “Women on Top” while the Independent sums her up saying “With de Niese around, not much else matters.” The Australian-born American singer who “looks like a pop diva but sings like a real one” (St. Louis Post Dispatch) regularly appears on the world’s most prestigious opera and concert stages and has an has an extensive selection of recordings on the Decca label. For her 2007 debut solo album, Handel Arias, de Niese was named New Artist of the Year at the ECHO Awards, received the 2008 Orphee D'Or by the Academie Du Disque Lyrique, and was nominated for the 2009 Classical Brit Award for Female Artist of the Year.  The Mozart Album followed

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Danielle de Niese’s “sweet, gleaming soprano,” “phenomenal musicality” and “sharply comic, yet utterly moving acting,” combined with an entrancing physical presence, have launched her into a spectacular career. She has been called “Opera’s coolest soprano” by the New York Times Magazine and “not just a superb performer, but a phenomenal one” by Opera News. Marie Claire magazine has named de Niese to their influential list of “Women on Top” while the Independent sums her up saying “With de Niese around, not much else matters.”

The Australian-born American singer who “looks like a pop diva but sings like a real one” (St. Louis Post Dispatch) regularly appears on the world’s most prestigious opera and concert stages and has an has an extensive selection of recordings on the Decca label. For her 2007 debut solo album, Handel Arias, de Niese was named New Artist of the Year at the ECHO Awards, received the 2008 Orphee D'Or by the Academie Du Disque Lyrique, and was nominated for the 2009 Classical Brit Award for Female Artist of the Year.  The Mozart Album followed in 2009 while Diva was released in July 2010 throughout the United Kingdom.  Beauty of the Baroque, de Niese’s latest Decca release, accompanied by The English Concert under Harry Bicket, was hailed as “a revelation” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “a charming recital that shows (de Niese) at her best” (The Telegraph).

Through her recordings, live performance, and television exposure, de Niese has gained wide recognition as a highly respected but popular classical artist, who combines effortless grace with the ability to communicate on every level. She is as comfortable on the small screen as she is on stage with no fewer than four BBC TV projects in the pipeline.  She appeared on ITV1’s recent Popstar to Operastar series, and she is also the subject of her own TV documentary, Diva Diaries, which appeared on BBC4 television. In the United States, she has been featured on the nationally syndicated program Better TV.

In the 2013-14 season, Ms. de Niese will return to The Metropolitan Opera to reprise the role of Despina in Cosi fan tutte, which marks music director James Levine’s return to the company and will be shown in movie theatres worldwide as part of the Met’s HD Broadcast series in 2014. Ms. de Niese also reprises Ariel in The Enchanted Island, a role she created for the Metropolitan Opera’s ground-breaking 2011 world premiere production. Other operatic engagements include debuts in Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu in the role of Poppea in Agrippina, and at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich where she will sing the title role in La Calisto.

Highlights of her 2012-13 season included an impromptu performance of her Cleopatra in David McVicar’s production of Giulio Cesare at The Metropolitan Opera. Ms. de Niese also appeared with the London Philharmonic and the Prague Philharmonia, and made her London recital debut for Temple Song Foundation at Middle Temple in London with Julius Drake, her German operatic debut as Susanna in a production of Le nozze de Figaro at Hamburg State Opera, as well as the role of Norina in a the sold out new production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale at Glyndebourne Festival Opera this summer conducted by Enrique Mazzola.

Ms. de Niese’s career got off to a prestigious start when, at age eighteen, she became the youngest singer ever to enter the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. A year later she made her Met debut as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro in Jonathan Miller's acclaimed new production with James Levine. Soon after came important operatic debuts with the Netherlands Opera, the Saito Kinen Festival, and the Paris Opera, but it was her portrayal of Cleopatra in a David McVicar production of Handel's Giulio Cesare for her 2005 Glyndebourne Festival debut that brought her true international acclaim. The New York Times hailed De Niese’s performance, writing, “Her singing is utterly delectable and completely assured…Sheer ‘joie de vivre’ and mastery come spilling across, to the eyes as well as the ears.”

Ms. de Niese has enjoyed continued successes on the stages of the Paris Opera, Zurich Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Netherlands Opera, Teatro Real, San Francisco Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago, among others. She has sung with conductors including Sir Charles Mackerras, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Nicola Luisotti, Sir Andrew Davis, William Christie, Christophe Rousset, Marc Minkowski and Emmanuelle Haïm. Orchestral engagements have included appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.  Important recent opera engagements include the title role in L'incoronazione di Poppea with Madrid’s Teatro Real, the title role in Semele at the Theâtre des Champs Elysees, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with the San Francisco Opera, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte at the Metropolitan Opera, the title role in Rodelinda under the legendary Nicholas Harnoncourt at Vienna’s Theatre an der Wien and her first performances as Adina in L’Elisir d’amore at the Glyndebourne Festival.

Born to parents of Sri Lankan and Dutch heritage, Danielle de Niese grew up in Los Angeles. The soprano has been captivating audiences since childhood, when she was a fixture of Los Angeles local television hosting a weekly arts showcase for teenagers, for which she won an Emmy award at the age of 16. In addition to her accomplished musical abilities, Ms. de Niese passionately pursues philanthropic causes including working closely with HRH Prince Charles and his Foundation for Children and the Arts to spearhead new opera projects for underprivileged children as well as participating as a patron alongside Dame Judi Dench for Future Talent which gives financial support and guidance to underprivileged young musicians. Ms. de Niese is also a patron of Meads Music Festival in her local region of East Sussex, an Artist Member of the Mannes Board of Govenors alongside Frederica von Stade, Murray Perahia, Richard Goode, Julius Rudel, and Gordon Getty, and the Sunera Foundation and Sri Lanka Trauma Foundation providing mental and physical rehabilitation to physically handicapped, or mentally traumatised children post-Tsunami and the Civil War.

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Reviews

"One of the most sought-after singers on the planet."

BBC Radio

"Her singing is utterly delectable and completely assured…Sheer ‘joie de vivre’ and mastery come spilling across, to the eyes as well as the ears."

The New York Times

"A performer of charismatic good looks and stage presence, she won the audience equally by her singing of the Egyptian queen’s varied sequence of arias."

Opera News

"With de Niese around, not much else matters. She's a natural stage animal, relishing movement besides sound and socking out the glitter of the coquettish heroine's coloratura, the higher and more brilliant the better. At first, Adina totes a rifle and sharpens knives; later, clad in wedding meringue, her heart opens – and she throws a terrific tantrum, too. De Niese made her intelligent, honest, ultimately compassionate."

The Independent

"Opera's coolest soprano."

The New York Times

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