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Opera singer Danielle de Niese reveals her baby made a ‘dramatic entrance’ into the world

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Welcome to the world Scheherazade! Opera singer Danielle de Niese shares first family snap with her daughter as she recalls ‘dramatic entrance’ after baby was born in her amniotic sac

  • The soprano and husband Gus Christie have become parents to Scheherazade 
  • New arrival is the first girl in 54 years to be born at their Glyndebourne home
  • The baby, weighing 7lbs 13oz, was born just one hour after couple got to hospital

Opera singer Danielle de Niese has revealed that her baby made a ‘dramatic entrance’ in the world – in her amniotic sac. 

The 41-year-old soprano and her husband Gus Christie, who live in East Sussex, have become parents to Scheherazade, who is named after the character from One Thousand And One Nights. 

‘It was a big, dramatic entrance. She came out intact in the amniotic sac,’ Danielle told Hello! magazine. 

Being born ‘en caul’ means a portion of the amniotic sac or membrane remains intact during birth.   

Opera singer Danielle de Niese and her husband Gus Christie, who live in East Sussex, have become parents to Scheherazade who is named after the character from One Thousand And One Nights

Christie added: ‘It’s very rare – only one in 80,000 babies are born like this. 

‘It’s part of her enigma. We had to do lots of googling as there’s so much superstition around it. It’s supposed to bring good luck.’ 

The new arrival, born on December 13 weighing 7lbs 13oz, is the first girl in 54 years to be born at their Glyndebourne home. 

The couple already have five-year-old son Bacchus, while Gus, executive chairman of Glyndebourne, has four sons from a previous marriage. 

Danielle (pictured on stage) said the new arrival, born on December 13 weighing 7lbs 13oz, is the first girl in 54 years to be born at their Glyndebourne home

Danielle (pictured on stage) said the new arrival, born on December 13 weighing 7lbs 13oz, is the first girl in 54 years to be born at their Glyndebourne home 

‘I always thought it would be lovely to have a girl, but Gus kept saying: “I make boys, so don’t get your hopes up,” Danielle said. 

The baby was born just one hour after the couple got to hospital. 

‘I couldn’t deliver the baby without looking at Gus. I needed to look at him,’ Danielle said. 

Full interview is in Hello! magazine, out now

Full interview is in Hello! magazine, out now

‘I was shaking and trembling from adrenaline, which I wasn’t expecting. 

‘I think my body was in some sort of shock.’  

Her parents, who are from Sri Lanka with Dutch and Scottish heritage, moved to Australia before she was born. 

At the age of nine Danielle won a children’s TV talent competition and when the family moved to America when she was 11, she hosted TV show LA Kids, for which she won an Emmy award. 

She made her professional operatic debut aged 15, by 18 was on Broadway in Les Misérables and at 19 she made her first appearance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

She married husband Gus and at the church of St Bartholomew The Great in London in 2009. 

The full interview is in Hello! magazine, out now. 

WHAT IS BEING BORN ‘EN CAUL’? 

Being born ‘en caul’ means a portion of the amniotic sac or membrane remains intact during birth.

It affects less than one-in-80,000 newborn humans.

A caul is a thin, filmy membrane that may be attached to the head, face and ears or could drape over the head and cover part of the torso.

The caul is harmless and can be removed by experts. 

Often, incisions are made at the nostrils to allow the baby to breathe. 

The loops can then be carefully removed.  

 

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