Repertoire

REPERTOIRE

Diana Damrau’s concert repertoire includes many of the masterpieces of the sacred canon including J S Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio”, “Passions” and famous Cantata “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen”. Handel’s “Messiah”, Haydn’s “Creation” and the Requiems of Mozart and Schubert, Brahms’s “German Requiem” also feature.
Being as noted an interpreter of Mozart’s music as she is, Damrau has performed a great many of his concert arias and continues to sing them in her concerts.
As a champion of 20th century and contemporary music, the soprano has performed works by composers including Poulenc, Lorin Maazel, André Previn, Iain Bell and Matthias Pintscher.

Chamber music is another of Diana Damrau’s passions. As an “Ambassador of song”, she has steadily expanded her song repertoire adding to it with every new programme. In addition to her solo recitals, she has also performed with smaller chamber music ensembles as well as concerts of the duet and quartet literature.

PRESENT: Opera

Bell A Harlots Progress Moll Hackabout (World premiere 2013, Streaming)
Bizet Les Pêcheurs de Perles Leïla (Met Opera, HD broadcast)
Donizetti Don Pasquale Norina
Lucia di Lammermoor Lucia (München streaming, HD broadcast 2016 London)
Maria Stuarda Maria Stuarda (role debut 2018)
Rita Rita
Gounod Roméo et Juliette Juliette (HD broadcast Jan 2017)
Faust Marguérite (role debut 2019)
Humperdinck  Hänsel und Gretel Gretel (DVD, HD cinema broadcast)
Maazel  1984 Gym Instructress, Drunken Woman (DVD)
Massenet  Manon Manon (Wien streaming)
Meyerbeer  Les Huguenots Marguérite di Valois
Mozart Don Giovanni Donna Anna (CD)
Entführung aus dem Serail Konstanze (DVD)
Le Nozze di Figaro Contessa
Susanna (CD)
Zaide Zaide (CD)
Zauberflöte Königin der Nacht (DVD)
Rossini  Le Comte Ory Comtesse Adele (HD cinema broadcast, DVD)
Salieri  Kublai Alzima
Europa Riconosciuta Europa (Cinema)
Strauss  Arabella Zdenka
Der Rosenkavalier Sophie (DVD)
Thomas Hamlet Ophélie (role debut 2019)
Verdi Rigoletto Gilda (DVD)
La Traviata Violetta (DVD – role debut 2013)

PAST: Opera

Beethoven Fidelio Marzelline
Humperdinck Hansel und Gretel Taumännchen, Sandmännchen
Lortzing  Der Wildschütz Baronin Freimann, Gretchen
Zar und Zimmermann Marie
Mozart Ascanio in Alba Fauno (DVD)
La Clemenza di Tito Servilia
Le Nozze di Figaro Barbarina
Zauberflöte Papagena
Mussorgsky Boris Godunov Xenia
Nicolai Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor Frau Fluth, Anna
Schostakowitsch Die Nase Brezelverkäuferin
Strauss  Arabella Fiakermilli
Verdi Un Ballo in Maschera Oscar
Vivaldi Ercole sul Termodonte Martesia (CD)
Weber Der Freischütz Ännchen
Wagner Der Ring des Nibelungen Woglinde
Parsifal Blumenmädchen

Operetta

Benatzky Im weißen Rößl Klärchen
Lehár Die lustige Witwe Valencienne
Land des Lächelns Mi
Kalmann Die Czardasfürstin Contesse Stasi
Künneke Der Vetter aus Dingsda Julia, Hannchen
Strauß Die Fledermaus Adele

Musical

Herman La Cage aux Folles Anne
Loewe My fair Lady Eliza Doolittle
Sondheim Sweeney Todd Johanna

Role debuts

1996: Königin der Nacht, Mainfranken Theater Würzburg
1998: Gilda, Nationaltheater Mannheim
1999: Zerbinetta, Nationaltheater Mannheim
Norina, La Monnaie, Brüssel
2000: Sophie, Oper Frankfurt
2000: Leila, Nationaltheater Mannheim
2001:  Adina, Oper Frankfurt
2003: Konstanze, Oper Frankfurt
2006: Susanna, Teatro alla Scala
2007: Pamina , The Metropolitan Opera
2006: Rosina, The Metropolitan Opera
2008: Lucia di Lammermoor, The Metropolitan Opera
2009: La Fille du Régiment, San Francisco Opera
2010: Donna Anna, Grand Théâtre Genève
Manon, Wiener Staatsoper
Aminta (Die schweigsame Frau), Bayerische Staatsoper München
2011: Puritani-Elvira, Grand Théâtre Genéve
Stella, Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta (Les contes d’ Hoffmann), Bayerische Staatsoper München
Linda di Chamounix, Liceu Barcelona
2013: Violetta (La Traviata), The Metropolitan Opera
2014: Amina (La Sonnambula), The Metropolitan Opera
2016: Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), La Scala
Juliette (Romeo et Juliette), The Metropolitan Opera
2018: Maria (Maria Stuarda)
2019: Marguerite (Faust)
Ophélie (Hamlet)

Milestones

2016

Ms. Damrau received the Bavarian Order of Merit, at a special ceremony event in Munich

Diana was awarded with the Austrian Music Theater Prize for her portrayal of Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles at the Theater an der Wien

Celebrated great success in the role of Leïla in a new production Les pêcheurs de perles at the Metropolitan Opera.

Diana performed her first solo song recital in the Stern Auditorium of NYC’s Carnegie Hall

Role debut as the Countess in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro at La Scala

European tour of Strauss’ Four Last Songs with Kirill Petrenko and the Bayerische Staatsorchester

Role debut as Juliette in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette

2015

Title role in a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor (dir. Barbara Wysocka) at Bavarian State Opera

Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo’s onstage performances in Manon at the MET considered the highlight of the season

Performed in the opening open-air gala of Milan’s EXPO in the Piazza Duomo, and the title role in La Scala’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor, also part of the EXPO

Release of solo recording Fiamma del Belcanto, supported with a concert tour of Europe

2014

Celebrated role debut as Amina in „La Sonnambula“

Diana Damrau conducts the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall (in an encore)

Celebrated runs of „La Traviata“ in London und Munich

Opera-stage-debut in France in a new production of „La Traviata” at Opera Bastille in Paris

Duo recitals with Xavier de Maistre at the Salzburg Festival and the Vienna State Opera

Recorded the role of Konstanze at Festspielhaus Baden Baden for Deutsche Grammophon

OPERA singer of the year

Klassik ECHO „ohne Grenzen“ prize for the CD „Forever“

Meyerbeer Gala with Antonio Pappano at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome

Debut at Concertgebow Amsterdam in an Opera-Gala with Piotr Beczala and Nicolas Testé

Sensational debut in Prague in a Belcanto-Gala with Nicolas Testé

„Les Pêcheurs de Perles“ at Theater an der Wien, celebrated reality-show directed by Lotte de Beer

Pictured: Diana’s debut as Amina in ‘La Sonnambula’ at The Metropolitan Opera
Image: Marty Sohl

2013

New production of Las Vegas „Rigoletto“  at the Metropolitan Opera transmitted live in HD to movie theaters world-wide

Role debut as Violetta in „La Traviata“ at the Metropolitan Opera with Placido Domingo as Germont

Memorable recital with harp at Palais Garnier in Paris

Concert performance of „Lucia di Lammermoor“ at Philharmonie im Gasteig, recorded for Warner Classics

World premiere of  Iain Bell’s „A Harlots Progress“ at Theater an der Wien

New production of  „La Traviata“ at Teatro alla Scala in celebration of the Verdi bicentenary

Pictured: Diana’s debut as Violetta in ‘La traviata’ at The Metropolitan Opera
Image: Sara Krulwich

2012

Role debut in “Linda di Chamonix” at Barcelona’s Liceu

A memorable stint at the MET as Rosina and Adina

A highly acclaimed series of song recitals with harpist Xavier de Maistre

Further performances of Lucia di Lammermoor at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Wiener Staatsoper

An open-air Operagala at the Théâtre Antique during the „Chorégies” in Orange

Damrau’s CD release “Liszt Lieder” is awarded with the “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik”

Birth of her second son Colyn

Pictured: Diana and Xavier de Maistre in performance

2011

Role debut as Elvira (“I puritani”) in Geneva

First broadcast of the documentary “Diana Damrau – divine diva” (direction: Beatrix Conrad) on the

French-German TV channel “arte”

Role debut and HD broadcast debut as Adèle (“Le Comte Ory”) at New York’s MET and overwhelming success as Lucia di Lammermoor in their tour of Japan

Diana Damrau presents the “Day of Opera” on the TV channel “arte”

Donna Anna in Baden-Baden (recorded for CD release)

“Poesie”, Diana Damrau’s fourth CD release featuring orchestral songs by Richard Strauss is present with Germany’s prestigious “ECHO Klassik” award

Highly acclaimed debut as Hoffmann’s four heroines in a new production at the Bavarian State Opera

Diana Damrau is named “Musical Ambassador” of her hometown Günzburg and receives the “Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art”

Pictured: Diana sings Olympia in the Bavarian State Opera production of ‘Les Contes d’Hoffmann’
Image: Wilfried Hösl

2010

Role debut as Massenet’s Manon at the Vienna State Opera

“Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik“ for Diana Damrau’s third CD release “COLORaturaS”

Diana Damrau appears on the German talk show “Zimmer frei” (WDR)

She gains tremendous success as Marie in “La fille du régiment” at the MET

Role debut as Aminta (“Die schweigsame Frau”) at the Bavarian State Opera

Marriage with the French bass-baritone Nicolas Testé and birth of their son Alexander

Pictured: Diana as Marie in The Metropolitan Opera’s ‘La fille du régiment’
Image: Beatriz Schiller

2009

Diana Damrau appears as Sophie (“Der Rosenkavalier”) and gives a lieder recital with Xavier de

Maistre in Baden-Baden. Both events are recorded.

Damrau’s CD release “Donna” is awarded with the “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik”

Gala concert on the occasion of the 1000th anniversary of the Mainz Cathedral (TV broadcast)

Role debuts as Marie (“La fille du régiment”) in San Francisco and as Donna Anna (“Don Giovanni”) in Geneva. Much-praised appearances in London, Munich, New York, Vienna and Madrid

Pictured: Diana as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier in Baden-Baden

2008

Ms. Damrau is awarded the “2008 singer of the year” by the international opera magazine

“Opernwelt” (Germany) and appears on the 2008 issue’s cover of the annual book. Read the article (german PDF document)

Standing Ovations for Diana Damrau’s “Gilda” at the “Rigoletto” premiere in Dresden’s Semperoper – also seen on TV.

“Exemplary activities for Europe” – Diana Damrau receives the “Europe medal” on May 7, 2008

“Arie di bravura” is awarded “Le Timbre de Platine”. More information

Special release in February: On acclaimed harpist Xavier de Maistre’s debut cd, Diana Damrau sings a selection of songs by Claude Debussy, accompanied by this Vienna Philharmonic soloist.

2007

Diana Damrau is invested as “Bayerische Kammersängerin”

An exclusive recording contract is fixed with Virgin / EMI

A further role debut at the Met: Aithra in a new production of Strauss’ “Die ägyptische Helena”

Lieder recital debut in New York’s Carnegie Hall

Lieder recital debut at La Scala, Milan

Engaged to sing both Pamina (Role debut) and Queen of the Night at the Met

Pictured: Diana as Pamina in ‘Die Zauberflöte’ at The Metropolitan Opera
Image: Ken Howard

2006

A role debut as Susanna in “Le nozze di Figaro” at La Scala, Milan at the start of Mozart’s Anniversary Year

Plays Konstanze in a new production of Mozart’s “Entführung” staged at the Wiener Burgtheater where the piece was originally debuted

Part of the line-up of “3 Orchester und Stars” to mark the opening of the World Cup in Germany in

Summer 2006, performing alongside Domingo, Lang lang, Mehta, Thielemann and Jansons

Makes three appearances at Salzburg Festival’s Mozart celebrations; in a new production of “Die

Zauberflöte” as Queen of the Night, as Fauno in “Ascanio in Alba” and as the Soprano in his C Minor Mass

Spain debut as Zerbinetta at the Teatro Real, Madrid

Role debut as Rosina in Bartlett Sher’s new production of Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” at the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Pictured: Diana as the Queen of the Night at the Salzburg Festival

2005

Metropolitan Opera debut as Zerbinetta in Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos”

Lieder recital debut at the Salzburg Festival which is released by Orfeo as a Live CD

Lieder recital debut at Vienna’s Musikverein

Takes on the duo roles of Gym-Instructress and Drunken Woman in the World Premier of Lorin Maazel’s “1984” at the Royal Opera House, London

2004

Performs the title role in Salieri’s “L’Europa riconosciuta” at La Scala, Milan to mark the house’s grand re-opening. Singing under the baton of Riccardo Muti, the performance is attended by the world’s press.

 

2003

Role debut as Konstanze in Christoph Loy’s celebrated production of “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” at Oper Frankfurt (DVD)

British opera debut at London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Queen of the Night in David

McVicar’s new production of “Die Zauberflöte” (DVD)

Sings Beethoven’s 9th under Dohnanyi at the Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall

Pictured: Diana as the Queen of the Night at London’s Royal Opera House
Image: Alastair Muir

2002

Created the role of Die kleine Frau in the World Premier of Cerha’s “Der Riese vom Steinfeld” at the Vienna State Opera (TV and CD)

USA debut in a concert of Mozart Arias conducted by Leonard Slatkin in Washington’s Kennedy Center

Pictured: Diana as Die Kleine Frau at the Vienna State Opera
Image: Zeininger

2001

Lieder Recital debut at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg

Debut at the Salzburg Festival as Najade in Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” and Voce dal cielo in Verdi’s “Don Carlo”

2000

Debut at the Vienna State Opera as Königin der Nacht

1999

Debut at the Bavarian State Opera, Munich as Zerbinetta

1998/1999

House debuts in Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg, Frankfurt as Queen of the Night

1996 – 2002

The soprano was contracted to the opera houses of Würzburg, Mannheim and Frankfurt, each for two years respectively

1995

Opera Stage debut as Barbarina in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” at the State Theater, Würzburg