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Aussie opera superstar Danielle de Niese in Melbourne premiere of The Merry Widow

October 7, 2017 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Melbourne-born international opera star Danielle de Niese will make a triumphant return to her home town to perform in her first opera in Australia.

Lehár’s charming operetta The Merry Widow provides ample doses of fun and frivolity and Danielle de Niese is the perfect star to bring this production to life. With spirited choreography and direction from Graeme Murphy, former director of Sydney Dance Company, Lehár’s charming operetta will be filled with unforgettable dance.

De Niese boasts a story that you couldn’t make up. Of Sri Lankan descent, she grew up in Melbourne before moving to LA at the age of 11, where she became the host of television show ‘L.A Kids’, and won an Emmy for at age 16.

Making her professional operatic debut at the age of 15 with the Los Angeles Opera, she became the youngest singer ever to participate in the Young Artists Studio at the Metropolitan Opera.

Married to Gus Christie, chairman of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, de Niese, Christie and their son now reside at Glyndebourne opera house.

“We’re tremendously excited to have Danielle de Niese making her opera debut in Melbourne,” said Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini.

“This will be an unmissable opera production filled with incredible tunes, unforgettable dance and a captivating lead.”

“I wanted Graeme to direct because I wanted it to feel like a dance musical. It is an operetta with a great Gatsby feel to it. It needs to move – yes it’ll be funny but it’ll be beautiful with wonderful singers and actors who you really need for this piece to be done well. It’s thrilling that this new production involves such wonderful performers and big stars.

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