Opera star thrills Uckfield audience


World-renowned opera star, Danielle de Niese thrilled audiences at the Uckfield Picture House last Sunday.

Australian-born Miss de Niese - who is married to Glyndebourne executive chairman Gus Christie - presented a question and answer session from 3pm as a conversation piece.

She talked to a packed house about her role in the acclaimed 2005 production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare which is currently being screened across the country in Glyndebourne Tour locations as a cinematic offering for people who enjoy opera but would prefer to watch it in a more intimate setting. The opera was then shown on screen.

Danielle de Niese brought her own interpretation to the role of Cleopatra, portraying her as a stunningly attractive and flirtatious ruler of Egypt who cleverly navigated her way to power during the dominance of the Roman Empire.

The powerful cast was led by mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly as the imperious Roman general and Miss de Niese as the irrepressibly coquettish Cleopatra, ever ready to render unto Caesar whatever it takes to gain control of her kingdom.

She was greeted by Picture House owner Kevin Markwick and accompanied by Gillian Brierley, head of communications at Glyndebourne.

The Uckfield Picture House now screens major theatrical events live including productions at the National Theatre.

As well as current films, visitors can also watch ballet from the Bolshoi and opera from the Metropolitan, New York and the Royal Opera House in London.

The fully-licensed cinema also stages comedy acts in The Laughter Lounge.

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