Danielle de Neise

DANIELLE DE NIESE The hot young soprano isn't exactly the newest kid on the block. Born in Australia to Sri Lankan parents, Danielle de Niese grew up in Los Angeles. As a teenager, she won an Emmy for a television program on the arts that she hosted for young people. In 2001, she appeared in the L.A. Opera production of Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi." Her recital at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica on Feb. 10, however, will be her first time back as an opera star. And you can forget all the innocent teenage stuff right now. De Niese's fame has been, at least to some extent, as a femme fatale. She drew wide attention for her perkily alluring Cleopatra in a production of Handel's "Julius Caesar" at England's Glyndebourne Festival in 2005 and returned there last summer as the sexy lead in Monteverdi's "Coronation of Poppea." Next month, she will star in the Mark Morris production of Gluck's "Orfeo and Euridice" at the Metropolitan Opera, and it will hit movie theaters in an HD broadcast on Jan. 24. --Mark Swed
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