Danielle de Niese

Danielle de Niese

Soprano Danielle de Niese to perform in Festival Series

Internationally acclaimed soprano Danielle de Niese will be the next performer in the Festival Series, at 8 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 14) in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.

The program will feature works by Samuel Barber, Georges Bizet, Edvard Grieg, Francis Poulenc and Hugo Wolf, and pieces from Handel’s “Semele.”

De Niese’s career got off to a prodigious start with early operatic debuts at the Netherlands Opera, the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan and the Paris Opera. Her 2005 Glyndebourne Festival debut as Cleopatra in a David McVicar production of Handel’s “Giulio Cesare” brought true international acclaim. She recently signed an exclusive recording contract with Decca Records.

Assisting on the program will be pianist Ken Noda, musical assistant to James Levine at the Metropolitan Opera. Noda studied with Daniel Barenboim and has appeared as a soloist with the Berlin, Vienna, New York and Israel orchestras.

Tickets are $30, $25 and $18 in advance, and $33, $28 and $21 the day of the performance. For more information, call the Moore Center box office at or 2-8171. Hours are noon-6 p.m. weekdays.

February 9, 2009