Danielle de Niese


The internationally celebrated Australian-born American soprano sang her first Musetta in June at London’s Royal Opera House, where she previously starred as Galatea/Acis and Galatea (DVD). She has earned acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera as Despina, Euridice, Ariel/The Enchanted Island, Susanna, and de Niese’s signature role, Cleopatra/Giulio Cesare. Cleopatra, the vehicle of her European debut in Amsterdam, brought her stardom at Glyndebourne (DVD), where she has returned as Monteverdi’s Poppea, Donizetti’s Adina and Norina (DVD), Concepción/L’heure espagnole, the Child/L’enfant et les sortilèges, and Rosina/The Barber of Seville. Her stage successes encompass Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni (Dresden); Cavalli’s Calisto (Munich); Norina/Don Pasquale (Vienna); Partenope (San Francisco); Susanna and Despina (Dutch National Opera, DVD); Anne Trulove/The Rake’s Progress (Turin); and the title role/The Merry Widow (Sydney). She returns to Brussels in December to star in Don Pasquale. Her numerous prestigious orchestral engagements include opening the new Philharmonie de Paris; BBC’s “Last Night of the Proms”; performances with the major orchestras of New York, Cleveland, San Francisco; and her London Symphony debut with Sir Simon Rattle in Bernstein’s Wonderful Town. De Niese’s many acclaimed recordings include four solo discs for Decca Records. Her many honors include an Emmy Award, the ECHO Award and France’s Orphée D’Or.

Previously at Lyric: Musetta/ La boheme (2018|19); Roxane Coss/Bel Canto (world premiere, 2015/16); Susanna/The Marriage of Figaro (2009/10); Cleopatra/Giulio Cesare (2007/08).

Last updated: October 16, 2018
Photo: Chris Dunlop/ Decca