Danielle de Niese

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Danielle de Niese (born 11 April 1979) is a lyric soprano. After success as a young child in singing competitions in Australia, she moved to the United States where she developed an operatic career. From 2005 she came to widespread public attention with her performances as Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare at Glyndebourne, England. On 19 December 2009 she married Gus Christie, the chairman of the associated Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and subsequently the couple resided at Glyndebourne. Danielle de Niese was born in Melbourne, Australia, after her parents, Chris and Beverly, had migrated from Sri Lanka to Australia as teenagers — she is of Sri Lankan Burgher heritage. In 1988, at the age of 9, she became the youngest winner of the Australian TV talent competition, Young Talent Time, singing a Whitney Houston medley, for which the prize was A$ 5,000 and a Yamaha baby grand piano, which she still owns. In 1990, her family moved to Los Angeles, where she became a regular guest host of the TV programme L.A. Kids for which she won an Emmy Award at the age of 16. De Niese made her professional operatic debut at the age of 15 with the Los Angeles Opera.
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