Lyric Opera of Chicago

Danielle de Niese

Danielle de NieseSoprano Danielle de Niese has triumphed at Lyric as Cleopatra/Giulio Cesare (2007-08) and Susanna/Le nozze di Figaro (2009-10). Of her company debut, the Chicago Tribune declared her “strikingly beautiful to look at and to listen to…De Niese was such a magnetic presence…that you couldn’t take your eyes off her if you tried.” Earlier this season she created the role of Ariel in the Baroque pastiche opera The Enchanted Island (including HD transmission) at the Metropolitan Opera. Other recent engagements include Susanna in San Francisco, Despina/Così fan tutte at the Met, the title role/Handel’s Rodelinda in Vienna, and her first Adina/L’elisir d’amore at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. De Niese has also appeared with great success at Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Opéra National de Paris, Netherlands Opera, Opernhaus Zurich, Madrid’s Teatro Real, and Japan’s Saito Kinen Festival. Born in Australia, de Niese moved with her family to Los Angeles to further her dance and music studies. At 16 she won an Emmy as guest host of the television show L.A. Kids. Her operatic career began at 18 as the youngest singer ever to enter the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. A year later she made her house debut as Barbarina/Le nozze di Figaro (new production with Renée Fleming, Bryn Terfel, and Cecilia Bartoli). The 2005 Glyndebourne season marked de Niese’s breakthrough to international stardom, as Cleopatra/Giulio Cesare in the premiere of David McVicar’s production. De Niese debuted as a Decca exclusive artist with “Handel Arias,” which won the 2008 Echo Award's New Artist of the Year and the Académie du Disque Lyrique’s “Orphée d'Or.”Her much-lauded second recording “The Mozart Album” (2009) was followed by “Diva” (2010) and “Beauty of the Baroque,” an album of favorite arias from the English, German, and Italian traditions, accompanied by The English Concert under Harry Bicket (2011).