April 9, 2013

Casting Update News

Danielle de Niese will sing the role of Cleopatra in this evening’s performance of Handel’s Giulio Cesare, replacing Natalie Dessay, who is ill.

De Niese originated the role of Cleopatra in the premiere of David McVicar’s production at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2005 and also starred in the U.S. premiere of the staging at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2007. During the 2006-07 season, she sang her first Met performances of Cleopatra in the Met’s previous production of the opera. A graduate of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, de Niese made her Met debut as Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in 1998 and has sung eight additional roles with the company, including Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and Ariel in the Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island.

David McVicar’s new production of Giulio Cesare, conducted by Harry Bicket, also stars David Daniels in the title role, Alice Coote as Sesto, Patricia Bardon as Cornelia, Christophe Dumaux as Tolomeo, and Guido Loconsolo as Achilla.