Danielle de Niese - Australian Chamber Orchestra

Danielle de Niese

7 - 25 June 2012


MOZART Symphony K196/121, “La finta giardiniera”
VINE The Tree of Man (text by Patrick White)
MEALE Cantilena Pacifica
MOZART Exsultate jubilate
SCHUBERT (arr. Tognetti) Death and the Maiden
SCHUBERT (arr. Tognetti) String Quartet No.14, “Death and the Maiden”


Richard Tognetti Artistic Director and Lead Violin
Danielle de Niese Soprano

Danielle de Niese was born in Melbourne and won Young Talent Time aged 9, then moved to Los Angeles, won an Emmy and made her debut with the LA Opera aged 15. She has blossomed into one of the hottest properties in opera, enrapturing audiences in roles like Cleopatra, Euridice and Susanna at Glyndebourne, the Metropolitan Opera and on screen.

To celebrate her professional debut in her home country, De Niese sings a specially commissioned Australian work, which also marks the centenary of Australia’s Nobel laureate Patrick White. She also shines in Mozart's joyous Exsultate jubilate, matched with a flourish by a symphony from one of Mozart's early operas. "De Niese has a voice made for Mozart: bright, beautiful, agile and creamy." National Public Radio

Schubert's haunting song, Death and the Maiden, is at the heart of Schubert’s famous and dramatic quartet.

The Australian

"De Niese has been performing Mozart's Exsultate, jubilate since her teens but her interpretation retains all the freshness and vitality of new discovery...The highlight of this outstanding concert, however, was Australian composer Richard Meale's elegiac Cantilena Pacifica. Soaring above the ACO's delicate pianissimo accompaniment, Tognetti's violin solo etched out the work's tragic trajectory." 

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"...[Danielle de Niese's] tone was rounded, her pitching exact, and the coloratura runs perfectly in place. The concluding Alleluia allowed her natural ebullience an especially effective outlet."

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Limelight Magazine

"The inspired symmetry of three pairs of works – by Mozart, Schubert and two Australian composers – has made the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s national tour with Melbourne-born soprano Danielle de Niese the trump card in Tognetti’s 2012 season so far."

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Arts Hub

"...a truly magnificent concert. Rating: 5 stars out of 5."


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Herald Sun

"De Niese proved a musically intelligent and captivating performer."

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