Christmas with the Federal President
Lucia di Lammermoor / Lucia
December 1, 2014
Diana Damrau is the featured vocalist on a new album release from the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Kent Nagano, titled Shoka: Japanese Children’s Songs. This recording highlights traditional ‘shoka’ – Japanese children’s songs dating back to the late 19th century – that illustrate various aspects of everyday Japanese life, including wonder, bitterness, and love. The CD also features the talents of the Chœur des enfants de Montréal.
From CBC Music: “The mysterious and enchanting beauty of these songs have won over every subsequent generation since their creation,” explains Nagano, who had the melodies orchestrated by composer Jean-Pascal Beintus. “Given that they are at … the same time complex and profoundly poetic, they have remained relevant and have much to say in our modern world.”
Shoka is now available for purchase via iTunes.
November 8, 2014
Following a “flawless” performance in the world premiere of A Harlot’s Progress, Diana Damrau returns to the Theater an der Wien to sing the role of Leila in Bizet’s exotic Les Pêcheurs de Perles this month. She is joined by an extraordinary cast, including Nathan Gunn as Zurga, Dmitry Korchak as Nadir, and Ms. Damrau’s husband Nicolas Testé as Nourabad, all featured in a brand new production directed by Lotte de Beer. Jean-Christophe Spinosi conducts the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien and the Arnold Schoenberg Chor.
Opening night for this production is already sold out – performances take place November 16, 19, 22, 25, 28 & 30.
November 2, 2014
Diana Damrau first sang Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Five years later, in July 2013, she brought her riveting interpretation of the tragic bel canto heroine to her native Bavaria, where she was greeted with rapture. In this much-anticipated live recording from Munich’s Philharmonie Gasteig, she is joined by two splendid singers from the Mediterranean: tenor Joseph Calleja as Lucia’s lover Edgardo, and baritone Ludovic Tézier as her controlling brother Enrico.
Label: Erato | Album Website International Release: November 21, 2014 Diana Damrau, Joseph Calleja, Ludovic Tézier, Nicolas Testé, Jesús López Cobos, Münchener Opernchor & Orchester Order online: Amazon.de
Label: Analekta | Album Website International Release: September 16, 2014 Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal, Kent Nagano & Diana Damrau Order online: iTunes
Label: Erato | Album Website International Release: October 29, 2013 Diana Damrau, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, David Charles Abell, Rolando Villazon Order online: Amazon.com | Amazon.de | iTunes