Danielle de Niese: Going for the gold

She has a voice which will capture the attention of the audience, and she is a diva in her own right. For Danielle de Niese being an opera singer was a childhood dream, a dream which she has now made good of.

“I started singing when I was very young. My parents found that I was gifted and my mom helped me to develop my singing skills. Singing has now become a part of my life,” de Niese told In Magazine after concluding a tour to Sri Lanka where she performed in Colombo and Galle.

Opera singing is however not an easy task and Danielle de Niese says she underwent professional voice training to reach the top.

“Classical singing is not really difficult but it comes with training. It has been a long journey for me. For the few who make it to the top it takes a lot,” she said.

Danielle de Niese says she underwent voice training from the age of 8 to the age of 18 and the support she had from her family helped her ultimately achieve her goal.

Called “Opera’s coolest soprano” by the New York Times Magazine and “not just a superb performer, but a phenomenal one” by Opera News, de Niese has also been named the influential 2011 “Women on Top” by Marie Claire magazine while the Independent sums her up saying “With de Niese around, not much else matters.”

Born to parents of Sri Lankan and Dutch heritage, the American singer regularly appears on the world’s most prestigious opera and concert stages and has an exclusive recording contract with Decca.

For her debut solo album, Handel Arias, released in 2007, de Niese was named New Artist of the Year at the 2008 ECHO Awards, received the 2008 Orphee D’Or by the Academie Du Disque Lyrique, and was nominated for the 2009 Classical Brit Award for Female Artist of the Year. The Mozart Album followed in 2009 while Diva was released in July 2010 throughout the United Kingdom. Beauty of the Baroque, de Niese’s latest Decca release of favorite arias from the English, German, and Italian traditions, accompanied by The English Concert under Harry Bicket was released in summer 2011 in the UK and in early 2012 in the US.

In Sri Lanka, de Niese says she received a wonderful reception from the audience during her performances and was appreciative of the groundwork which went into organizing the concerts.

“There is a market for classical music in Sri Lanka. This was proven by the reaction I got from the audience during my concert. I would love to come and perform here again,” de Niese said.

As for her future plans, de Niese says she wants to use her music to help the underprivileged. (Courtesy The Sunday Leader)