Sophie Daneman

Biography

Born: London, England  
Sophie Daneman is an English soprano particularly noted for her work in period performances. She developed a leading career in that field in the 1990s, particularly in France.

She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where her teacher was Johanna Peters. She has become particularly well known for her work with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants in France.

In the field of period performance, she has
Read more performed with conductors Christopher Hogwood, Robert King, Gérard Lesne, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Sir Neville Marriner, Phillipe Herreweghe, and Paul Daniel. A few of the many works she sings in this historically informed style are Handel's L'Allegro, Mozart concert arias, Beethoven's Egmont music, Rameau's Castor et Pollex and Les Fêtes d'Hebe, Handel's Acis and Galatea, Rodelinda, and Messiah; Mondonville's Jephte, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, and Vivaldi's Ottone in Villa (to mention those she has recorded). Other works in her repertory are Bach's Christmas Oratorio and St. Matthew Passion, Handel's Ezio, Saul, Agrippina, and Arianne; Monteverdi's Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria and L'Incoronazione di Poppea; and Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, and Requiem.

However, she is far from being limited to the field of early music. She debuted with the Opéra-Comique in Paris in the title female role of Debussy's Pélleas et Mélisande, conducted by Georges Prêtre. She has also sung in Elgar's The Kingdom at Wells Cathedral, Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music at the Barbican Centre in London, Britten's Spring Symphony with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano, Mahler's Second and Eighth Symphonies, and Sir Michael Tippett's A Child of Our Time.

She has an active career as a recitalist, which includes both period performances of early music and music from the standard performance style repertory. She has sung recitals at Villa Medici in Rome, Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room and other major venues. At the Greenwich Festival she sang a special program devoted to Chopin's songs with accompanist Leslie Howard and readings by Leslie Caron and participated in Roger Vignoles' "Landscape into Song" series. Others she has worked with in recital include Julius Drake, Eugene Asti, Ian Bostridge, and Graham Johnson.

She has recorded for the Erato, Harmonia Mundi, EMI, and Virgin labels and appeared in radio and television broadcasts for Irish Radio and Television, the BBC, and RIAS Berlin. Read less

Biography

Born: London, England  
Sophie Daneman is an English soprano particularly noted for her work in period performances. She developed a leading career in that field in the 1990s, particularly in France.

She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where her teacher was Johanna Peters. She has become particularly well known for her work with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants in France.

In the field of period performance, she has
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Purcell : Dido & Aeneas : Overture
Purcell : Dido & Aeneas : Act I "Shake the cloud from off your brow" [Belinda, Chorus]
Purcell : Dido & Aeneas : Act I "Ah Belinda, I am press'd with torment" [Dido]
Purcell : Dido & Aeneas : Act I "Grief increases by concealing" [Belinda, Dido] "When monarchs unite, how happy their state" [Chorus]
Purcell : Dido & Aeneas : Act I "Whence could so much virtue spring?" [Dido, Belinda]
Purcell : Dido & Aeneas : Act I "Fear no danger to ensue" [Belinda, Chorus]
Purcell : Dido & Aeneas : Act I "See our royal guest appears" [Belinda, Aeneas] "Cupid only throws the dart" [Chorus]
Purcell : Dido & Aeneas : Act I "If not for mine, for Empire's sake" [Aeneas] "Pursue thy conquest, Love" [Belinda] "To the hills and the vales" [Chorus]
Purcell : Dido & Aeneas : Act I "The Triumphing Dance"
Purcell : Dido & Aeneas : Act 2 Prelude for the Witches "Wayward sisters, you that fright" [Sorceress] "Harm's our delight" [Chorus]
Purcell : Dido & Aeneas : Act 2 "The Queen of Carthage" ... "Ho! ho! ho!" [Sorceress, First Witch, Chorus]
Purcell : Dido & Aeneas : Act 2 "But ere we this perform" [First Witch, Second Witch]
Purcell : Dido & Aeneas : Act 1 "In our deep vaulted cell... Echo Dance of Furies" [Chorus]
Purcell : Dido & Aeneas : Act 2 "Ritornelle" "Thanks to these lonesome vales" [Belinda, Chorus]
Purcell : Dido & Aeneas : Act 2 "Oft she visits this lone mountain" [Second Woman]
Purcell : Dido & Aeneas : Act 2 "Behold upon my bending spear" [Aeneas, Dido] "Haste, haste to town" [Belinda, Chorus]
Purcell : Dido & Aeneas : Act 2 "Stay Prince" [Spirit, Aeneas]
Purcell : Dido & Aeneas : Act 2 "Then since our chorus have sped" [Chorus] "The Grove's Dance"
Purcell : Dido & Aeneas : Act 3 "Come away" [Sailor, Chorus] "The Sailors' Dance"
Purcell : Dido & Aeneas : Act 3 "See, see the flags" [Sorceress, First Witch] "Our next motion" [Sorceress]
Purcell : Dido & Aeneas : Act 3 "Destruction's our delight" [Chorus]
Purcell : Dido & Aeneas : Act 3 "The Witches' Dance"
Purcell : Dido & Aeneas : Act 3 "Your counsel all is urged in vain" [Dido, Belinda, Aeneas]
Purcell : Dido & Aeneas : Act 3 "Great minds against themselves conspire" [Chorus] "Thy hand, Belinda" [Dido]
Purcell: Dido & Aeneas, Act 3: "When I am laid in earth" (Dido)
Purcell : Dido & Aeneas : Act 3 "With drooping wings" [Chorus]
Sinfonia: Allegro - Larghetto - [Allegro]
Act I Scene 1: Recitative: Nacqui a gran sorte ... (I was born to greatness ... ) (Cleonilla) - Aria: Quanto m'alletta (How alluring) (Cleonilla)
Act I Scene 2: Recitative: Caio ... (Caio ... ) (Cleonilla, Caio) - Aria: Sole degl'occhi miei (Light of my eyes) (Caio) - Recitative: Ma Cesare qui vien ... (But here comes Caesar ... ) (Caio, Cleonilla)
Act I Scene 3: Recitative: Cleonilla, a te ne vengo ... (Cleonilla, I come to you ... ) (Ottone, Cleonilla, Caio) - Aria: Caro bene (Beloved) (Cleonilla)
Act I Scene 4: Recitative: Piu fido amante, e chi miro giammai? ... (Has there ever been a truer lover? ... ) (Ottone, Caio) - Aria: Par tormento, ed e piacer (It seems a torment yet is a pleasure) (Ottone)
Act I Scene 5: Recitative: Quanto di donna amante ... (Just how cunnning a mistress can be ... ) (Caio, Tullia) - Aria: Chi seguir vuol la costanza (He who insists on being constant) (Caio)
Act I Scene 6: Recitative: Ah! Traditor t'intendo ... (Ah! Traitor, I know what's in your mind ... ) (Tullia) - Aria: Con l'amor di donna amante (My love, being that of a loving woman) (Tullia)
Act I Scene 7: Recitative: Quanto m'alletti, o cara ... (How I love, my dearest ... ) (Ottone, Cleonilla, Decio) - Aria: Frema pur, si lagni Roma (Let Rome fret and fume) (Ottone)
Act I Scene 8: Recitative: Grande ho, Decio, il desio ... (I am extremely curious to know, Decio ... ) (Cleonilla, Decio, Tullia) - Aria: Il tuo pensiero e lusinghiero (You are living in a fool's paradise) (Decio)
Act I Scene 9: Recitative: Porgimi il manto, caro ... (Hand me my robe, dear boy ... ) (Cleonilla, Tullia) - Aria: Che fe, che amor (I swear that faith, that love) (Cleonilla)
Act I Scene 10: Recitative: E Caio aborriro per fin ch'io viva? ... (Hold Caio in abhorrence for as long as I live? ... ) (Caio, Tullia) - Aria: Si, si, deggio partir (Yes, yes, I must be off) (Tullia)
Act I Scene 11: Recitative: E Caio aborriro per fin ch'io viva? ... (Hold Caio in abhorrence for as long as I live? ... ) (Caio) - Aria: Gelosia (Jealousy) (Caio)
Act II Scene 1: Recitative: Spinto Signor son' io ... (I am urged, my lord ... ) (Decio, Ottone) - Aria: Come l'onda (Like a wave) (Ottone)
Act II Scene 2: Recitative: A Cesare tradito io dir non volli ... (I decided not to tell the deceived Caesar ... ) (Deccio, Caio) - Aria: Che giova it trono al Re (What good is his throne to a king) (Decio)
Act II Scene 3: Recitative: Parli Decio che vuol ... (Decio can say what he likes ... ) (Caio, Tullia) - Aria: L'ombre, l'aure, e ancora il rio (The shadows, the breezes, and even the stream) (Caio, Tullia)
Act III Final Scene: Recitative: Caio infierito ... (Caio in a rage ... ) (Ottone, Decio, Cleonilla, Caio, Tullia)
Act III Final Scene: Grande e il contento (Great and heartfelt) (Chorus)


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