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26 May - 09 June 2021

POSTPONED: Danielle de Niese

with Matthew Fletcher

Next event:
This event is postponed until the 2022 Bergen International Festival. 

​Opera’s coolest soprano.  

Few lyric opera sopranos who have thrilled audiences worldwide from the Metropolitan Opera to Covent Garden have also performed on stage with LL Cool J, or sung in a Ridley Scott movie. 

There isn't anyone quite like Danielle de Niese. She was born in Melbourne, Australia to Sri Lankan parents with Dutch and Scottish roots. At the age of nine, she won a talent show in her home country. By her mid-teens, she had moved to USA, won an Emmy as a TV presenter and made her debut at the Los Angeles Opera. She is now firmly established as a magnetic presence in modern classical music, with a unique combination of artistic credibility, superb stage craft and communication skills.  

The press does not hold back when describing Danielle de Niese: The New York Times has called her 'opera's coolest soprano' and the BBC named her 'the most sought-after singer on the planet'.  

With pianist Matthew Fletcher, the soprano will perform twice in the medieval Håkonshallen. The programme begins with music by Mozart, Händel, Puccini and others. After the interval, she will perform songs from the golden age of musicals, including George Gershwin's Summertime from Porgy & Bess.  

During the festival, Danielle de Niese will also give a masterclass to students of the University of Bergen's Grieg Academy.  

'A diva for the 21st century' 


This event has been postponed and will not take place during the 2021 Festival as previously announced. By launching performances and artists as they are confirmed, the Festival would like to draw attention to the work our wonderful artists do, though the pandemic may cause numerous changes to the final festival programme.

Updated details for the event will be announced in connection with the programme release for the 2022 Bergen International Festival.

Matthew Fletcher (photo: Paula Barker). Image at top of Danielle de Niese (photo: Chris Dunlop)



​1 h 30 min, incl. interval


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    • Danielle de Niese soprano
    • Matthew Fletcher piano

Music by

    • Gounod
    • Händel         
    • Bizet
    • Mozart             
    • Puccini               
    • Gershwin                 
    • Whiting                   
    • Porter                     
    • Herbert                       
    • Lehár                         
    • Lara


    ​       Charles Gounod (1818–93)
    • The Jewel Song (Ah! Je ris de me voir fra Faust)
    •        Georg Friederich Händel (1685–1759)
    • Lascia ch'io pianga from Rinaldo
    •        Georges Bizet (1838–75)
    • Chanson d’avril, WD 75
    • Adieux de l’hôtesse arabe, WD 72
    •        Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–91)
    • Ah, fuggi il traditor from Don Giovanni 
    • Mi tradì quell'alma ingrata from Don Giovanni
    •        Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924)
    • O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi
    • Interval
    •        George Gershwin (1898–1937)
    • Summertime from Porgy and Bess 
    • Let’s call the whole thing off from Shall we dance
    •        Richard Whiting (1891–1938)
    • Too marvelous for words
    •        Cole Porter (1891–1964)
    • I get a kick out of you from Anything goes 
    • I hate men from Kiss me Kate
    •        George Gershwin (1898–1937)
    • I got rhythm from Girl crazy
    •        Victor Herbert (1859–1924)
    • Art is calling for me from The Enchantress
    •        Franz Lehár (1870–1948)
    • Meine Lippen sie küssen so heiβ from Giuditta
    •        Augustín Lara (1897–1970)
    • Granada

Supported by

​The Savings Bank Foundation DNB – Dextra Musica


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