Danielle de Niese and David Butt Philip join the London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Simon Rattle for Bernstein's Wonderful Town
Danielle de Niese and David Butt Philip join Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra for two semi-staged performances of Bernstein Wonderful Town on 16 and 21 December 2017. The performances are part of the LSO's celebrations marking Bernstein's centenary, and de Niese and Butt Philip take the roles of Eileen and Lonigan.
De Niese comes to this project fresh from her operatic debut in the southern hemisphere as Hanna Glawari Merry Widow with Opera Australia in Melbourne. She returns to Australia for further performances in Sydney, opening with a New Years’ Eve gala performance at the Sydney Opera House. Looking ahead, de Niese makes her role debut as Musetta La bohème at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as well as returning to Wiener Staatsoper for more performances of Don Pasquale.
Butt Philip has recently starred in the title role of Brett Dean's Hamlet for Glyndebourne on Tour, receiving outstanding reviews:
"It’s an exceptional, career-making achievement"
In the new year he returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as Narraboth in Salome, while further ahead he makes his company debut with Teatro Real as Robert Devereux in Sir David McVicar’s new production of Gloriana.
Danielle de Niese's sensational debut as Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow
Danielle de Niese made a sensational debut earlier this month as Hanna Glawari in a glamorous new production of The Merry Widow in Melbourne with Opera Australia to great critical acclaim:
“The night belonged, however, to returning Australian soprano Danielle de Niese as Hanna Glawari who exuded a telling joie de vivre from beginning till the final curtain. With a swag of international successes in major opera houses, de Niese looked brilliant throughout and displayed outstanding stagecraft skills which convincingly set the tone for the production’s flirtatious high spirits. De Niese’s famous show-stopping aria Vilja was poignantly sentimental and nostalgic.”
Performing Arts Hub, November 2017
“The role of Hanna is magnificently sung, acted and danced by soprano Danielle de Niese. She is perfect as the self-made woman of style and elegance. Her rich voice is perfect for this role and she sang the part with panache and confidence. Her onstage chemistry with Alexander Lewis (Danilo) was entirely convincing. It was easy to believe that they were attracted to each other, no matter that they stated otherwise. Lewis’s warm tenor voice was a perfect foil for de Niese and their duets were just a delight.”
Classic Melbourne, November 2017
“Melbourne-born soprano Danielle de Niese has built her reputation on a series of firsts: she was the youngest ever winner of Young Talent Time; she made her Los Angeles Opera debut at the age of 15; she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the late ‘90s at the age of 19. Her first professional appearance in Australia is in the title role of Franz Lehár’s 1905 operetta The Merry Widow, which at first glance seems an odd choice. Surely this frothy, intrinsically lightweight confection is no vehicle for a serious soprano returning triumphant to her home town.
About 20 minutes into the production, the penny drops and we realise that the role of Hanna Glawari is the perfect trojan horse for this singer’s considerable talents; what on the surface looks like an exercise in pure frivolity actually requires cut-glass vocal precision, killer dance moves and buckets of charm. She delivers in spades, and yet retains enough of a sense of mystery about her that a major – read “serious” – role is sure to follow. You can almost see Opera Australia priming her for greater things.”
Timeout, November 2017
“But every production of this show must have its star “Widow” and Danielle de Niese brings star power aplenty to this, her company debut and opera debut in Australia. That she returns to her home in Melbourne to premiere this show is a detail not lost on her many admirers and fans that flooded the State Theatre to be a part of this triumphant home-coming. She brings a wealth of experience from the major opera houses of Europe and America and a reputation for precision, athleticism and sex-appeal. Dubbed by the press as “the world’s coolest soprano” she is the complete package: a superb singer who dances; a high accomplished dancer who sings; a comedienne of great talent, a personality in every sense, and by no means least, a ravishing beauty whom designers must covet for her super-model looks and deportment. Her rendition of “Vilja” in the second act was exquisite as were all of her solos but she is a team player and her vocal strength in the ensembles spoke of a strong grounding in a wide and varied repertoire.”
Concerto Net, November 2017
“Melbourne-born, international soprano Danielle de Niese makes a wonderful widow, her youth and beauty adding a stirring undertone of urgency to Hanna’s quest to remarry and enjoy love again. De Niese is an accomplished dancer, and handles the choreography with effortless flair. While Murphy’s decision to have Hanna lead “The Grisette’s Song” robs the character of some dignity, it is nonetheless a fine showcase for de Niese’s talents. De Niese has a lush, voluptuous soprano, heard at its best in Murphy’s respectfully modest staging of “Vilia.”
Simon Parris, November 2017
“Often sung by sopranos in the twilight of their careers, Australian-American soprano Danielle de Niese's homecoming as Hanna comes amid the full flight of a successful international career. With a striking stage presence, she refreshes the role with alluring youth, both fragile and flirtatious. And her high kicks cut it with the Can-Can chorus line.”
Sydney Morning Herald, November 2017
“…the fine cast is led by Danielle de Niese. If having one of the world’s most acclaimed young sopranos in the title role isn’t enough, the fact that this marks the Melbourne-born star’s long awaited operatic debut on home soil makes this Widow positively dreamy.
…She’s effortlessly good, of course, but one hopes that De Niese will soon return in a role that reveals her full vocal arsenal.
De Niese’s widow puts the audience in a merry mood: her powerful, silky voice makes light work of Hanna’s showstoppers; she brings emotional depth to a rather two-dimensional character, most notably during the romantic ballad about Vilja, a woodland nymph, rendering its allegorical meaning poignantly clear; she’s a charming actor, ranging from flirtatious to crestfallen, and an impressive dancer too, waltzing gracefully and kicking as high as Act III’s professional chorus line.”
Limelight Magazine, November 2017
De Niese returns to this production in the New Year with a run of performances in Sydney opening on New Year’s Eve with a gala performance at the Sydney Opera House.
Danielle de Niese makes her Australian debut in title role of The Merry Widow
Danielle de Niese returns to her native Australia to make her debut and star as Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, in a glamorous new production by acclaimed choreographer and director Graeme Murphy.
The production, which marks her southern hemisphere operatic debut, plays in both Melbourne and Sydney, with performances in Sydney commencing with a New Year’s Eve gala performance at the Sydney Opera House.
The celebrated soprano, who has been recently nominated or Limelight’s Australian Artist of the Year, returns to London on 16 and 21 December to perform the role of Eileen Wonderful Town with Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra. On her return from Sydney she embarks on a tour of Asia with Festival Strings Lucerne in March, while audiences in London can see her together with Mark Simpson and the Navarra String Quartet on 27 April at the Southbank Centre's International Chamber Music Series at the newly renovated Queen Elizabeth Hall.
On the opera platform, she makes her role debut as Musetta La bohème at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as well as returning to Wiener Staatsoper for more performances of Don Pasquale.
Performances of The Merry Widow continue in Melbourne until 25 November and in Sydney until 3 February.
Danielle de Niese gives solo recital at Aldeburgh's Snape Proms
Danielle de Niese makes an appearance at the Snape Proms this month, performing in recital at the Snape Maltings on 15 August 2017. Joined by Matthew Fletcher on the piano, de Niese performs a wide range of repertoire displaying her versatility from Handel and Mozart to Gounod and Gershwin.
This season, de Niese has given recitals at the Barbican Centre and at the Birmingham Conservatoire and has performed in concert with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Classics in the Palace Square in St Petersburg and the Opening Night Gala Concert at the Festival Napa Valley. Her operatic highlights included her role and house debut as Donna Elvira Don Giovanni at Semperoper Dresden and her debut at Wiener Staatsoper as Norina Don Pasquale.
Following this recital, de Niese performs in concert at the Tivoli Festival with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Mozart arias such as "Bella mia fiamma", "Porgi amor", "Parto parto" and "Mi tradi quell’alma ingrata".
Danielle de Niese stars as Norina in Don Pasquale in debut at Wiener Staatsoper
Danielle de Niese makes her debut at Wiener Staatsoper this month, starring as Norina in Don Pasquale from 9 June 2017. Conducted by Speranza Scappucci and directed by Irina Brook, de Niese is joined by Michele Pertusi in the title role.
De Niese performed the role at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2013 to great critical acclaim:
"Star of the show, however, is undoubtedly Danielle de Niese, a soprano who belongs in the glamourpuss tradition of Marietta Piccolomini, Lina Cavalieri and Anna Moffo."
Telegraph, July 2013
Next season de Niese makes another eagerly anticipated debut, this time as Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow in Melbourne and Sydney with Opera Australia. The performances also mark her debut with the company and her first ever operatic appearance in the Southern Hemisphere.
Performances of Don Pasquale run until 16 June.
Danielle de Niese debuts as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at Semperoper Dresden
Danielle de Niese makes her debut in the role of Donna Elvira at Semperoper Dresden on 20 March 2017, performing under the baton of Omer Meir Wellber. She is joined by Christoph Pohl in the title role, Evan Hughes as Leporello, Maria Bengtsson as Donna Anna and Edgars Montvidas as Don Ottavio.
Closely associated with the Mozart lyrical repertoire, the role of Donna Elvira marks yet another exciting debut after her hugely acclaimed Ravel double bill of L’heure espagnole and L’enfant et les sortilèges at Glyndebourne Festival in 2015, and the world premiere of Bel Canto at Lyric Opera of Chicago last season.
"Soprano Danielle de Niese does truly heroic work as Roxane Coss, a role that requires great vocal and dramatic range."
KDHX Community Media
“Niese's voice has changed since she made her spectacular Glyndebourne debut a decade ago as Handel's Cleopatra, gaining duskier colours lower down. Although less might sometimes be more with her predictably saucy Concepción, as the Child she is totally transformed into a petulant, pudgy schoolboy. Giving a very physical performance and delivering the brief monologue to heart-stopping effect, she makes the evening her own.”
Later this season de Niese sings the role of Norina Don Pasquale in her company debut with Wiener Staatsoper, and makes appears at the Napa Valley Festival in California, Aldeburgh Music’s Snape Maltings Proms series and the Tivoli Festival, Copenhagen. Further ahead she makes her role and company debut with Opera Australia as Hanna Galwari in The Merry Widow in Melbourne and Sydney, as well as returning to the Wiener Staatsoper and Royal Opera House. Her many concert appearances also include The Bernstein Centenary with the LSO and Sir Simon Rattle.
Intermusica artists star in the Southbank Centre's 2017/18 Classical Season
Intermusica artists star in the Southbank Centre's 2017/18 classical season, which was announced on 26 January 2017.
Highlights of the new season include Marin Alsop conducting Bernstein Mass with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Kian Soltani performing in memory of Jacqueline du Pré with Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. The Intermusica co-promoted International Chamber Music Series features James Ehnes leading Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time, Danielle de Niese performing with the Navarra String Quartet and Colin Currie marking the re-opening of the Queen Elizabeth Hall with a world premiere of a new work by Harrison Birtwistle. Boris Giltburg and George Li give solo recitals as part of the long-running International Piano Series, Nicholas Collon conducts Aurora Orchestra in the finale of Pierre-Laurent Aimard's Ligeti in Wonderland festival, and Kian Soltani makes a second appearance alongside Brett Dean for a performance of Schubert Trout Quintet.
28 October 2017
Kian Soltani & West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, cond. Daniel Barenboim / Strauss Don Quixote
14 November 2017
James Ehnes, Steven Osborne, Alban Gerhardt & Jean Johnson / Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time
28 February 2018
Boris Giltburg / Brahms, Shostakovich & Rachmaninov
20 March 2018
George Li / Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Chopin & Liszt
6 & 7 April 2018
Marin Alsop & the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain / Bernstein Mass
19 April 2018
Colin Currie & Nicholas Hodges / Morton Feldman, Stockhausen & Harrison Birtwistle
27 April 2018
Danielle de Niese & Navarra String Quartet / Albert Roussel, Schubert & Ernest Chausson
13 May 2018
Nicholas Collon & Aurora Orchestra / Ligeti
For more information and to book tickets, visit the Southbank Centre website.
Danielle de Niese stars in a behind-the-scenes look at Glyndebourne with the BBC
Danielle de Niese features in a new BBC documentary going behind the scenes at Glyndebourne Festival Opera on 18 December 2016. Danielle de Niese: The Birth of an Opera examines Glyndebourne's production of ll barbiere di Siviglia, in which de Niese starred as Rosina. The programme delves into the development of De Niese’s preparation for the role, as well as revealing the processes behind the creation of the production itself. The full performance of Il barbiere di Siviglia then follows, marking 200 years since its premiere in 1816.
The performance, which also transferred to the Albert Hall stage for the BBC Proms 2016, featured a cast that includes Taylor Stayton as Count Almaviva, Björn Bürger as Figaro and Alessandro Corbelli as Bartolo, as well as Intermusica artists Christophoros Stamboglis as Basilio and Huw Montague Rendall as Fiorello.
De Niese received great praise for her performance as Rosina:
"Danielle de Niese tackled the role with precision and expressive warmth, including in her solidly effective lower register, [...] de Niese’s skills both as a confident bel canto vocalist and as an imaginative, focused actress brought her consistent success throughout the evening."
“Danielle de Niese employed her wide range of vocal and theatrical skills to offer a Rosina of tremendous personality and panache"
"Danielle de Niese showed off a fine, plummy lower register that showed great promise for more lyric roles to come. Her coloratura remains as meticulous as ever [...] She was at her best in the lesson scene, displaying a fine legato and scrupulous musical phrasing."
"It was a terrific performance that included both gently caressed phrases and real virtuosity […] Niese’s “Una voce poco fa” was a thing of beauty, her voice able to open out wonderfully, and with a fully formed lower register. She seemed positively to relish the roulades and disjunct intervals the role affords, and her comedic timing was delicious. Her pitching, too was spot-on – this was a major assumption of Rosina."
Seen and Heard International
Danielle de Niese: The Birth of an Opera airs at 7pm, followed by an airing of Il barbiere di Siviglia at 8pm. Both programmes will be available on the BBC iPlayer following Sunday's airing.
Danielle de Niese performs a recital at the Barbican Centre
Danielle de Niese returns to the Barbican Centre on 29 October 2016 for a recital with Julius Drake. The duo perform a programme that features Grieg’s song cycle Haugtussa alongside music by Dowland, Bizet and Wolf.
A frequent recitalist, de Niese received great praise for her performances alongside Drake last season at the Teatro de la Zarzuela and Mogens Dahl Concert Hall in Copenhagen:
"De Niese, meanwhile, exudes sweetness and sensitivity never free of expressiveness [...] and conveys passion wherever he goes. She sings a variety of musical styles as to a versatile and outspoken interpreter who is also, as evidence points to in her operatic performances, a great actress always ready to engage the audience."
Danielle de Niese: recital and masterclass with the Ravinia Festival in Chicago
Following her acclaimed success as Roxane Coss in Jimmy Lopez’s Bel Canto, Danielle de Niese returns to Chicago to make her recital debut at the Ravinia Summer Festival 4 August 2016, followed by a masterclass on 6 August. Accompanied by pianist and Director of the Festival conservatoire, Steans Music Institute, Kevin Murphy, the recital will include songs by Dowland, Mozart, Grieg, Poulenc and Bizet.
A frequent and successful international recitalist, de Niese recently received great praise for her performances with pianist Julius Drake at the Teatro de la Zarzuela and Mogens Dahl Concert Hall in Copenhagen "De Niese, meanwhile, exudes sweetness and sensitivity never free of expressiveness...and conveys passion wherever he goes. She sings a variety of musical styles as to a versatile and outspoken interpreter who is also, as evidence points to in her operatic performances, a great actress always ready to engage the audience."
Following her performances in Chicago, De Niese makes her debut at the Edinburgh International Festival performing an all-Handel programme alongside the Dudenin Consort at the Queen’s Hall.
Danielle de Niese, Christophoros Stamboglis and Huw Montague Rendall perform Il barbiere di Siviglia at the BBC Proms
Danielle de Niese, Christophoros Stamboglis and Huw Montague Rendall join the cast of Glyndebourne Festival Opera's Il barbiere di Siviglia as the production transfers to the BBC Proms 2016 on 25 July 2016 in the Festival’s annual visit to the Proms.
Conducted by Enrique Mazzola and directed by Annabel Arden, De Niese leads the cast as Rosina, alongside Christophoros Stamboglis, who made his Glyndebourne festival debut as Basilio, and Jerwood Young Artist Huw Montague Rendal making his Proms debut as Fiorello.
De Niese returns to the Proms after her double bill at the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and Proms in the Park in 2015. Following her performance as Rosina, De Niese makes her debut at the Edinburgh International Festival in August and then performs a recital and masterclass at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago.
Stamboglis, a veteran of buffo roles, has recently appeared as Bartolo Le nozze di Figaro at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Teatro Real and Grand Théâtre de Genève and the title role of Don Pasquale in Rennes. Next season he performs Oroe Semiramide Bayerische Staatsoper. Future engagements include the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and a return to the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Huw Montague Rendall, a 2016 Jerwood Young Artist, has recently completed his training at the Royal College of Music. Following his summer at Glyndebourne he joins the prestigious International Opera Studio in Zürich. Click here to read about his experiences as a Jerwood Artist during the Glyndebourne season.
Danielle de Niese makes role debut as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Danielle de Niese returns to Glyndebourne Festival Opera this month to make her role debut as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, opening on 22 May 2016
Conducted by Enrique Mazzola and directed by Annabel Arden, De Niese leads the cast which includes Intermusica artists Christophoros Stamboglis, who makes his festival debut as Basilio, and Jerwood Artist Huw Montague Rendall as Fiorello. The production transfers to the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms 2016 on 25 July.
De Niese returns to Glyndebourne after great success with her performances at the festival in 2015, when she performed in a Ravel double bill as Concepción in L’heure espagnole and the Child in L’enfant et les sortilèges:
“At the centre of both dramas was Danielle de Niese, who showed remarkable versatility in taking on both the errant Concepción in L’Heure and the tantrum-afflicted protagonist of L’Enfant. Her acting was a constant source of stage energy and joie de vivre, her French declamation was idiomatic and full of rhythmic élan, and she sang her one, exquisite little aria, ‘Toi, le Coeur de la rose’, to moving effect.”
Opera, September 2015
Rosina is de Niese's first Rossini role, and next season she makes another important role debut as Donna Elvira at Semperoper Dresden. Other highlights include her debuts at the Ravinia and Edinburgh Festivals as well as Wiener Staatsoper.
Stamboglis, a veteran of buffo roles, has recently appeared as Bartolo Le nozze di Figaro at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Teatro Real and Grand Théâtre de Genève and the title role of Don Pasquale in Rennes. Future engagements include Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Bayerische Staatsoper.
Huw Montague Rendall is a 2016 Jerwood artist. Following his summer at Glyndebourne he will join the International Opera Studio in Zurich.
Following the opening on 22 May performances continue throughout May, June and July before closing with the exclusive performance at the BBC Proms on 22 July.
Danielle de Niese sings alongside Julius Drake in Madrid & Copenhagen
Joining reputable English pianist and song recital accompanist Julius Drake, Danielle de Niese sings a mixed programme including Dowland, Mozart, Grieg and Poulenc for recitals and radio broadcasts in Madrid and Copenhagen April 2016.
De Niese and Drake will first travel to Madrid, where they will perform the recital at Teatro de la Zarzuela on 4 April 2016. Following this they will take the programme to Mogens Dahl Koncertsal in Copenhagen for a performance on 6 April. De Niese and Drake are no strangers as a recital partnership, having performed together in previous recitals at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, Concertgebouw and Oxford Lieder.
De Niese joins Drake following her recent performance in Agrippina at Theater an der Wien. She will then return to her home at Glyndebourne later this month to begin rehearsals for Rosina Il Barbiere di Siviglia, which will open on 22 May.
Danielle de Niese & Patricia Bardon star in Agrippina in Vienna
Danielle de Niese and Patricia Bardon star in Theater an der Wien's new production of Handel's Agrippina, directed by Robert Carsen, on 18 March 2016.
De Niese sings Poppea, while Bardon is in the title role of Agrippina. They perform alongside Jake Arditti and Filippo Mineccia. The Balthasar Neumann Ensemble provide musical accompaniment, conducted by German violinist, stage director and musical director Thomas Hengelbrock.
De Niese reprises the role following her debut in a recent production of Agrippina at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. She joins Theater an der Wien following a successful run with the Lyric Opera in Chicago, performing the role of American diva Roxane Coss in Bel Canto, a new commission based on Ann Patchett’s novel of the same name. Classical Voice America praised her as “A fine actress, de Niese sang the enormous role superbly”, whilst she was also highlighted for her “requisite vocal and physical beauty” STL Today. After Agrippina, De Niese returns to her hometown of Lewes to take on the role of Rosina in Glyndebourne’s new production of Il barbiere di Siviglia this summer.
Bardon returns to the Theater an der Wien after her widely hailed appearance as Zenobia in Radamisto in 2013 under René Jacobs. Widely acclaimed for her interpretations of baroque roles, she has also recently sung the title role in Porpora’s Germanico in Germania for the Innsbruck Festival, as well as Cornelia in Handel’s Giulio Cesare at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Glyndebourne, and the Metropolitan Opera.
Agrippina premieres on 18 March and runs through to April.
Intermusica artists nominated for Olivier & International Opera Awards
Intermusica artists have been nominated for awards at the Olivier Awards and the International Opera Awards, recognising exceptional achievement in opera over the last year. Dame Felicity Palmer has been nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, while Mark Wigglesworth and his work at English National Opera have been nominated at both the Oliviers and the International Opera Awards. Danielle de Niese, Gregory Kunde, Brett Dean and Simon Halsey have all been recognized at the International Opera Awards.
Mark Wigglesworth has been shortlisted for an International Opera Award in the Conductor category. This nomination comes during Mark Wigglesworth’s first season as Music Director at English National Opera, during which time his conducting has been hailed by the critics as “masterly" (Daily Telegraph) and “sublime” (Times). English National Opera has also been nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Opera at the Olivier Awards for its productions of The Force of Destiny and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, which were conducted by Wigglesworth.
Palmer has been nominated for her performance as the Countess in Tchaikovsky The Queen of Spades at English National Opera, which was greeted with universal critical acclaim:
“The outstanding performance of the evening… comes from Felicity Palmer, whose portrayal of the older Countess is an extraordinary tour de force of compelling stage presence”
“Felicity Palmer is peerless as a Countess whose battleaxe demeanour crumbles to reveal the heartbreakingly lonely girl still inside.”
"[Palmer's] spellbinding Gréty aria in the bedroom scene is the best-sung I've heard, little short of miraculous..."
“The American director starred (only that word will do) Felicity Palmer as the countess… in remarkable vocal shape and proved spellbinding in her delivery of the Grétry aria – another time-stopping moment.”
Danielle de Niese, who premiered Bel Canto at Lyric Opera of Chicago which is on the shortlist for Best New Work, is nominated for the Readers’ Award at the International Opera Awards, the only vote open to the public – cast your vote here.
Gregory Kunde is nominated for Best Male Singer – after title roles this season in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, he will make his Royal Opera House debut in July this year as Manrico Il trovatore.
ABC’s recording of Brett Dean’s opera Bliss has been nominated for Complete Opera CD. Dean’s work was premiered at Sydney Opera House in 2010, and was well-received by the critics:
“The work holds the attention to the end, sustained by Dean's wonderful score. To his well-known skills as an orchestral composer, Dean has added an under-utilised empathy for the voice. The sung lines drive the musical and dramatic pace, underscored by beautifully detailed instrumental textures, wrought with an innate feeling for the expressive power of instrumental timbre, watched over by counterpoint and fine motivic workmanship.”
Sydney Morning Herald
The Barbican’s production of Jonathan Dove The Monster in the Maze, which featured a chorus directed by Simon Halsey, has also been nominated in the category of Accessibility.
Danielle de Niese & Jacques Imbrailo in world premiere of Bel Canto at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Daneille de Niese leads the world premiere of Jimmy Lopez’s Bel Canto at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on 7 December 2015 alongside Jacques Imbrailo, conducted by Sir Andrew Davies.
Based on the novel by Ann Patchett and inspired by a real-life event, De Niese performs the role of American diva Roxane Coss. Coss travels to Peru to sing at the vice president's home for a visiting Japanese mogul, only for an international crisis to explode when terrorists storm the mansion and take everyone hostage. Isolated for months, unlikely alliances form between captors and captives as fear and anger mingle uneasily with desire and even love.
Alongside De Niese and Imbrailo are J’nai Bridges as Carmen, Jeongcheol Cha as Hosokawa, Andrew Stenson as Gen and Anthony Roth Costanzo as Cesar in this new production by Kevin Newbury with a libretto by Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz. Renée Fleming curated this project for Lyric Opera.
De Niese began the 2015/16 season with a double header at the BBC Proms, singing at the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall opposite Jonas Kaufmann, broadcast worldwide, and at Proms in the Park in Hyde Park. Her operatic engagements include a return to Theater an der Wien to sing Poppea in Robert Carsen’s new production of Handel Agrippina, and Rosina in the new production of Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Glyndeboure Festival and BBC Proms.
Highlights for Imrailo this season include Pelléas Pelléas et Mélisande at Opernhaus Zürich and the title role of Don Giovanni at Cadogan Hall.
Performances of Bel Canto continue until 17 January.
Danielle de Niese joins Bryn Terfel for birthday gala at Royal Albert Hall
Danielle de Niese joins Bryn Terfel and special guests on 20 October 2015 for a special one-off gala concert celebrating the Welsh bass-baritone's 50th birthday. “Bryn Terfel at 50” features stars such as Sting, soprano Rebecca Evans, trumpeter Alison Balsom, West End star Daniel Evans, tenor Aleksandr Antonenko and celebrated accompanist Malcolm Martineau. Orchestral accompaniment is provided by Sinfonia Cymru, conducted by Gareth Jones.
De Niese takes to the stage to join Bryn Terfel in 'Quanto amore' from L’Elisir d’Amore, having first performed together at The Metropolitan Opera as Figaro and Barbarina when De Niese was only 19, her Metropolitan debut.
"A homecoming": Marin Alsop & Danielle de Niese at the Last Night of the Proms
Marin Alsop and Danielle de Niese joined Jonas Kaufmann, Benjamin Grosvener and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and choir for a hugely successful Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.
Alsop, conducting her second Last Night, led the orchestra in an eclectic programme that included the specially-commissioned Arise, Athena! by Eleanor Alberga, Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2 in F major with Benjamin Grosvener, R. Strauss Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, and Rule Britannia with Jonas Kaufmann, who also sang arias by Puccini and Parry Jerusalem. De Niese sang Delibes Les filles de Cadix and led audiences around the UK in a sing-along medley of hits from The Sound of Music.
The evening was warmly received by audiences and critics alike:
“[Alsop’s] return felt like a homecoming: few conductors would be so much at ease in a programme ranging from Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel to Arvo Pärt to The Sound of Music… Upping the already high opera-star glamour count, soprano Danielle de Niese flirted with the gallery in Delibes’s Les Filles de Cadix”
“Later came the jollifications of the second half, controlled by conductor Marin Alsop with just the right blend of relaxed good humour and brisk authority. Her contribution to the programming was evident in the James P Johnson, Gershwin and jazz numbers (in which Benjamin Grosvenor showed an unexpected talent for stride piano). Danielle de Niese wowed us with some sultry Delibes and led a singalong of favourites from The Sound of Music.”
“From the very first number it was clear exactly why she had been asked back for a second turn on the Last Night podium. The James P. Johnson Victory Stride set the tone perfectly, a bold, jazzy number with irresistible rhythms and plenty of breaks for the orchestra’s soloists (all proving remarkably adept to this idiom).”
"and then onto the final soloist of the evening, Danielle de Niese. Her stage presence is extraordinary, captivating"
“Fresh from Hyde Park, Danielle de Niese was playful and flirtatious in Delibes’s Les filles de Cadix… and to celebrate 50 years since The Sound of Music was released we were invited to a sing-along... De Niese, taking the part of Maria, was having a ball.”
“Having conducted with distinction, [Alsop] made an eloquent plea for equality in the music world and in music education in schools. Let’s hope there’s progress on both.”
In the traditional conductor's speech, Alsop highlighted the positive impact of music and also called for more equality in classical music. Click here to read the speech in full.
Last Night of the Proms 2015 with Marin Alsop and Danielle de Niese
Marin Alsop conducts a spectacular Last Night of the BBC Proms on Saturday 12 September 2015 starring Danielle de Niese. Alsop's return follows the tremendous success of her Last Night of the Proms debut in 2013.
De Niese travels straight to the Royal Albert Hall after singing at Proms in the Park in Hyde Park - a historic Last Night of the Proms double header - and performs alongside tenor Jonas Kaufmann and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, with the BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Symphony Orchestra. She sings Delibes' Les Filles de Cadix and leads audiences around the UK in a singalong medley from The Sound of Music.
The programme includes Last Night favourites alongside the world premiere of BBC commission Arise, Athena! by Eleanor Alberga, Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2 in F major and R. Strauss Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche.
In an interview with the Observer last weekend, Alsop described the Last Night as: "a magical experience – the greatest classical music party I’ve ever attended." Watch Marin Alsop’s speech at the Last Night of the Proms 2013 here.
To see the full programme for the Last Night, click here
Danielle de Niese joins Intermusica for worldwide representation
Danielle de Niese, one of the world's most celebrated opera singers and star of the 2015 Last Night at the Proms, has joined Intermusica for worldwide representation.
"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."
New York Times
“One of the most sought-after singers on the planet.”
BBC Radio 3
The Australian-born American singer has been hailed “opera’s coolest soprano” by New York Times Magazine and “not just a superb performer, but a phenomenal one” by Opera News. A multi-faceted artist, de Niese has gained wide recognition for her superb stagecraft, assured singing and her ability to communicate on every level. She regularly appears on the world’s most prestigious opera and concert stages and is a prolific recording artist, TV personality and philanthropist. Her discography includes Handel Arias, The Mozart Album, Diva and Beauty of the Baroque. De Niese is an ECHO Klassik Award winner, a recipient of Orphee D'Or by the Academie Du Disque Lyrique and a Classical Brit Award for Female Artist of the Year nominee.
Following her Glyndebourne Festival return in the Ravel Double Bill, which won her unanimous critical acclaim, de Niese will star later this week in a historical double header for the BBC Proms singing at both Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall opposite Jonas Kaufmann, broadcast worldwide, and at Proms in the Park in Hyde Park alongside The Jacksons, Alison Balsom and Russell Watson. The unique event will be filmed and documented by the BBC.
Further operatic engagements this season include Roxane Coss in the world premiere of Jimmy López’s Bel Canto at Lyric Opera of Chicago conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, a return to Theater an der Wien to sing Poppea in Robert Carsen’s new production of Handel Agrippina, under Thomas Hengelbrock and a European recital tour alongside Omer Meir Wellber.
Intermusica represents Danielle de Niese for all classical concerts, opera, recitals, classical tours and all associated classical commercial sound and vision recordings.