Quotes by: Danielle de Niese
|Danielle de Niese
11 April 1979 |
My Mozart career began as a teenager in Los Angeles, singing arias from 'Le Nozze di Figaro' and 'Don Giovanni.'
My professional life shouldn't be an influence on whether I spend time at home. My career is my whole life's blood. It's my calling.
My dad's in banking, my mum manages the American branch of a Swiss vitamin company; they're really busy, but they still come to all my premieres.
Outreach appearances in the schools are usually part of my contracts, and I love doing them.
We can all afford to do a little soul-searching about the choices we make and the way we live our lives, but sometimes searching one's soul doesn't provide the answers we seek.
Unfortunately, opera engagements tend to be made five years in advance, and I don't really agree with that.
I sang with a voice that was natural, and I liked the way I produced that sound. I thought of my other friends, that they were singing and dancing, but they didn't have this. I was special.
Music is as integral to me as my own DNA. My life has become a continual soundtrack, with music underscoring the most powerful and even the most banal moments of my life.
I've always been a bit dressed up, even on casual days. I suppose that's the performer in me.
I don't feel I'm fighting to reach this huge audience; it just happens. I go on stage before the audience arrives and look out to this vast empty house. There's something therapeutic about taking in the ring where you'll perform.
From my perspective, music allows me to escape from the world of what is happening right in front of me... to the world of my thoughts, my dreams, my hopes and ideas - for the world, for my own life, for the day, even for the moment.
I feel very fortunate. I feel like an Olympian. When I watch the Olympics, I cry because I have been through that journey.
One of my favourite books of all time: 'The Great Gatsby'. I just think it's so well written.
What I see as specially English is the charm - everyone is so polite. Being restrained is part of the charm. And I love the sense of humour - it takes me back to Australia. The English are great at making fun of themselves. They're so self-effacing.
My mother actually does most of my shopping for me. I love fashion, but I don't really love shopping.
The thing that fuels me the most is the desire to be on stage. And singing is the ultimate way of expressing all the emotions that I have inside.
I've always considered myself to be a travelling soul. I've never felt out of place anywhere.