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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

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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.

The 2014 – 2015 season will see Ms. de Niese star in the title role of Christopher Alden’s new production of Partenope at San Francisco Opera. She will also be seen at the Metropolitan Opera as Valencienne in a new production of Lehar’s sparking operetta The Merry Widow directed by Tony-Award winning Broadway director/choreographer Susan Stroman and conducted by Fabio Luisi. Ms de Niese will also star as Susanna in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro at the Met directed by Richard Eyre and conducted by Edo de Waart, a role she will also reprise at the Staatsoper Hamburg later in the season. Audiences at the Glyndebourne festival will enjoy Ms. de Niese starring in Laurent Pelly’s Ravel double bill, taking on both lead roles: the adulterous femme-fatale Concepción in L’heure espagnole and the androgynous young boy in L’enfant et les Sortilèges. Additional engagements include concert appearances in Paris with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, a return to Ireland with the RTE National Orchestra, a recital for the Shriver Hall Concert Series with pianist Cameron Stowe, as well as a premiere recording of La Colombe, an unknown opera by Gounod, with Sir Mark Elder on the Opera Rara label.

In the 2013-14 season, Ms. de Niese returned to The Metropolitan Opera to reprise the role of Despina in Cosi fan tutte, which marked music director James Levine’s return to the company and was shown in movie theatres worldwide as part of the Met’s HD Broadcast series in 2014. Ms. de Niese also reprised Ariel in The Enchanted Island, a role she created for the Metropolitan Opera’s ground-breaking 2011 world premiere production. In addition to her critically acclaimed performance of Norina in a new production of Don Pasquale at Glyndebourne Festival with Alessandro Corbelli under the baton of Enrique Mazzola and released on DVD, she also made debuts at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu in the role of Poppea in Agrippina, and at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich where sang the title role in La Calisto with Ivor Bolton.

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.” As a result of her success in this role, she later stepped in for an impromptu performance of Cleopatra in David McVicar’s production of Giulio Cesare at The Metropolitan Opera.

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, Hamburg State Opera, 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, the London Philharmonic, the Prague Philharmonia, 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 as Ambassador for HRH Prince Charles’s 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 an Artist Member of the Mannes Board of Govenors alongside Frederica von Stade, Murray Perahia, Richard Goode, Julius Rudel, and Gordon Getty,  In July, Ms de Niese was named an official Ambassador Voice for the International Rescue Committee, founded by Albert Einstein, to raise awareness of the needs of refugees and other people who have been displaced by conflict, religious persecution or political oppression around the world. As an IRC Voice, Danielle traveled to Tanzania in September to visit the organization’s child protection programs. She performed at the countries last remaining refugee camp as well as for the Tanzanian government and started a red flag campaign with Tanzania’s First Lady to combat and end child labor.

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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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