Dazzling Danielle performs tomorrow !

Published : 9:10 am  February 9, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (309) reads | 


I am so excited about this show because I have made a particularly popular programme of music that people either already know, or will fall in love with and want to hear again! 

 

214324 Danielle De Niese the Australian-born, American singer with roots in Sri Lanka  who regularly appears on the world’s most prestigious opera and concert stages, has finally arrived in Sri Lanka! The much awaited performance organised by The Colombo Cultural Hub Trust in collaboration with Dilmah takes place on the 10th of February 2018.  Celebrating Sri Lanka’s 70 years of Independence this sensational concert is expected to draw massive crowds. This beautiful Diva answers some questions for the Daily Mirror Life.

 

 

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Q: I guess you have very pleasant memories of your last visit to Sri Lanka. What was the most memorable incident you could recall of your previous visit and what are your thoughts on coming back again to perform?


I had the most amazing trip to Sri Lanka, it was the first time I ever visited the country of my parents birth and it was just so moving to come here with my family. There were so many beautiful moments on our trip, but I have to say the most memorable was the premiere of the arrangement I had specially commissioned of Danny Boy to sing for my parents as a surprise! I also remember weeping while singing it and looking over to see many people in the audience, and especially my parents, weeping too… I am so thrilled to return.


Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your performance this time around, and what we can expect at the show?


I am so excited about this show because I have made a particularly popular programme of music that people either already know, or will fall in love with and want to hear again! The first part of the programme will have some beautiful Mozart as well as gorgeous French arias and songs from the Romantic period. I will also be performing Carmen. The second part is a big return to all of my musical theatre roots with some of the songs that my mother taught me. Famous songs like Somewhere over the Rainbow, I dreamed a dream (from Les Miserables), Edith Piaf’s famous song La Vie en Rose, the famous Spanish song Granada, and the wonderful uplifting song, You’ll never Walk Alone (from Carousel).


Q: You were very successful from a very young age in all sorts of performing arts, including television, dance and pop singing. How did you decide on opera as your career? 


By the age of 8 I was already singing and dancing and my parents had wisely thought it would be a good idea if I had some professional vocal training, but there was no one who would take on an 8 year old. After a lot of searching,  my mother found a singing teacher named Amanda Colliver who was singing with the Victorian State Opera and she asked Amanda whether she would consider training me. Amanda said yes, and from those first lessons I was hooked- and the rest is history. My mother came to every single voice lesson I ever did from that moment at the age of 8 until 18.


Q: What do you recall as your earliest ambition?


My earliest ambition was definitely to be a famous opera singer!


 

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Q: Who do you look up to as your mentor?


I have people like Dame Kiri TeKanawa whom I idolised from a young age, and who I came to end up studying with in 2008 and to this day. Conductors like William Christie who I worked with a lot and who has been a great champion for me guiding me through my first French baroque music, my Glyndebourne debut as Cleopatra, and even my debut Album, Handel Arias, with Decca Records… but the real mentor in my life is my mother who is the biggest role model to me in every single sense, even to this day. She taught me the difference between singing and interpreting; between being a singer and being an artiste. She knows my voice and knows me better than anyone else. I look up to her in every way, and hope to be as good a mother to my son, as she is to me.

 

At the BMICH on the 10th of February BOX PLAN IS AT THE LIONEL WENDT. 


Q: What would you say is the greatest achievement of your life so far?


I am very fortunate to have many achievements to reflect on, but my greatest by far is my wonderful son, Bacchus. I know it’s a cliché to say it, but it is really true! I have felt proud of many things I have accomplished, but to feel pride in your child is something truly special.


Q: Ambition, drive or talent: which do you think matters more to be successful?


Definitely drive is the most important. Drive means being self-motivated, hungry to continue on the journey, being patient and wanting to persevere in spite of the obstacles.


Q: You were born in Australia, grew up in America, studied in Europe, and you have deep roots in Sri Lanka. Where do you feel most connected to and why?


I feel connected to many different places as a result of my very mixed heritage and upbringing. I have just come from Australia, my birth place, where the entire country welcomed me with open arms. America is where I got the excellent training and the support and open attitude which really shaped me from those early years into the artist and person I am today. Sri Lankan culture is my whole sense of family, of closeness, my sense of humour, my happiness and gratitude for my life, my spirit of kindness— all this comes from this wonderful country that gave my parents life- the parents who are my inspiration and influence and who shaped me.


CITY-DM-24Q: Your marriage to Gus Christie, heir to the world-famous opera house in Sussex, England is considered a fairy tale straight out of an opera come alive. What does it feel like to be lady of the manor at famous Glyndebourne? 


It is wonderful to know that you are with the person you love— and you cannot choose whom you love- that means taking on every thing that comes with it, and in the case of my husband, it is this beautiful legacy his family gave him. Glyndebourne is a family operation- a labour of love, rooted in a love story of John Christie building an opera house in his back yard (if you can call it that!) so that his wife could perform there— some people call it the Taj Mahal of England because the founding was so steeped in love. It is wonderful that our love story is now a part of Glyndebourne’s long history.


This 70th Anniversary concert is being presented by the Colombo Cultural Hub Trust in Association with DILMAH and QATAR Airlines with Platinum Sponsor DIMO and Gold Sponsors COLOMBO JEWELLERY STORES, FIRST CAPITAL, EAST INDIA HOLDINGS and COFFEE BEAN. Silver Sponsor SRILANKAN and HOSPITALITY PARTNERS COLOMBO HILTON and JETWING HOTELS. PRINT MEDIA PARTNERS THE WIJEYA GROUP, CREATIVE PARTNERS PUBLICIS and TRAVEL PARTNER JETWING TRAVELS.

 

TICKETS RESERVED 7500/-, 5000/-, 3000/-, 2000/- AND 
BALCONY 1500/-. UNRESERVED UPPER BALCONY 750/-