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Danielle de Niese & Festival Strings Lucerne | February 2018 Spain

Opera Soprano Danielle de Niese is more than just the most magnetic presence in modern classical music, or the woman described by the New York Times magazine as “opera’s coolest soprano.” She’s also the performer who’s shredding the classical rulebook with her unique combination of artistic credibility and exotic 21st century allure.

Not many lyric opera sopranos who have thrilled audiences worldwide from the Metropolitan Opera to Covent Garden have also performed on stage with LL Cool J, or sung in a Ridley Scott movie. Nor have they won an Emmy Award as a TV host at 16. Danielle de Niese, born in Melbourne, Australia to Sri Lankan parents (her father with Dutch roots, her mother part-Scottish), has been on her unstoppable path since the age of eight. She’s an irresistible fireball with her own beguiling way of approaching her art. There really isn’t anyone quite like her.

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It was surprisingly been thirty-five years since Glyndebourne last offered a new production of Rosini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. A likeable, virtuoso piece, it was delivered by de Niese with complete technical aplomb. De Niese’s skills both as a confident bel canto vocalist and as an imaginative, focused actress brought her consistent success throughout the evening.

By George Hall

Opera News Magazine, New York, August 2016

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Danielle’s opera singer career has included countless starring roles, in such productions as The Marriage of Figaro (in which she made her first appearance at the Met as Barbarina at a mere 19), Così fan tutte, Orpheus and Eurydice and Acis and Galatea, L’Elisir d’amore, Don Pasquale. Danielle has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and many others, on the world-famous opera stages of Paris, Naples, Madrid, Zurich, Berlin, San Francisco, Chicago, Tokyo, Sydney, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and far beyond.

She’s been a recording star since she made her studio debut with Decca/Universal Records releasing Handel Arias in 2007, most recently her fourth studio album Beauty of the Baroque. As 2013 came to an end, she was captivating a select Mayfair audience with a recital at the Arts Club’s classical festival before starring as Poppea in Handel’s Agrippina at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. That reunited her with producer David McVicar, in whose award-winnng production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare she catapulted to world fame at Glyndebourne in 2005.

Programme

Program

C.P.E. Bach: Sinfonie (für Baron van Swieten) Nr. 3 Wq 182/3, 11‘ (Streicher und Continuo)

Aria block I

C.W. Gluck: “Non sperar, non lusingarti” aus der Oper “Le Cinesi” Wq. 18 (1754) (Str. und Continuo)

C.W. Gluck: “O del mio dolce ardor” aus der Oper “Paride ed Elena” Wq. 39 (Str., Continuo und 1 Oboe)

J. Haydn: Arie “Che imbroglio è questo”, Arie der Sandrina aus “L’Infedeltà delusa” Hob. XXVIII:5 (1773) (Str., 2Ob., 2Hr.)

W.A. Mozart: Sinfonia D-Dur ossia: Ouvertüre zu La Finta Giardiniera und Finale (Allegro) KV 196/KV 121 (Str., 2Ob., 2Hr.), 9’

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A. Salieri: Sinfonia Re maggiore ”Veneziana”, 9’

Arien block II:

W.A. Mozart “A Berenice – Sol nascente” KV 70

W.A. Mozart “Per Pietà, bell’idol mio” KV 78

W.A. Mozart “A questo seno deh vieni” KV 374

W.A. Mozart: Sinfonie Nr. 29 A-Dur KV 201, 22’

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