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In her debut appearance at LA Opera, Diana Damrau will sing Antonia and Stella in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Ms. Damrau reunites with tenor Vittorio Grigolo (Hoffmann) in this production, following their critically acclaimed performances in the title roles of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at The Metropolitan Opera. The cast also features Nicolas Testé as The Four Villains, Kate Lindsey as Nicklausse/Muse, Kate Aldrich as Giulietta, and So Young Park/Liv Redpath as Olympia.

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Following her critically-acclaimed debut as Juliette at The Metropolitan Opera, Diana Damrau returns to The Met stage from February 10-28 to sing Elvira in Bellini’s I Puritani. Ms. Damrau sings the role alongside a tremendous cast, including Javier Camarena (Arturo), Luca Pisaroni (Giorgio), and Alexey Markov (Riccardo). Maurizio Benini leads The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for all performances, which feature a staging by Sandro Sequi.

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Diana Damrau stars as Leïla on a Met Opera / Erato Blu-ray & DVD release of The Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles. The recording is now available for pre-order, and releases worldwide on February 24 (Amazon.com). The cast also features Matthew Polenzani as Nadir, Mariusz Kwiecień is Zurga, and Nicolas Testé sings Nourabad. Maestro Gianandrea Noseda conducts the Met Opera Orchestra for this production, which features a new staging from director Penny Woolcock.

Image: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

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“On Saturday night for its New Year’s Eve gala, the Met introduced a new production of Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette” starring Mr. Grigolo and Ms. Damrau as Shakespeare’s star-crossed adolescent lovers. In scene after scene, these exciting and charismatic artists disappeared into their characters, emboldening each other to sing with white-hot sensuality and impassioned lyricism …

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This season Diana Damrau returns to The Met stage for a series of highly anticipated engagements. The first will highlight Ms. Damrau in her first Metropolitan Opera performances as Juliette in a sumptuous production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, which opens on New Year’s Eve. Diana is joined by tenor Vittorio Grigolo as Roméo, on the heels of their thrilling portrayals in Massenet’s Manon last season, with Maestro Gianandrea Noseda leading from the pit. The production, staged by veteran director Bartlett Sher, has already been seen to great acclaim at the Teatro alla Scala and the Salzburg Festival.

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Diana Damrau debuts as Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, this autumn at the Teatro alla Scala. Ms. Damrau and her colleagues will star in a new production commissioned in honor of the 225th anniversary of Mozart’s death, which will be staged by Frederic Wake-Walker with musical direction by Franz Welser-Möst. Carlos Àlvarez and Simon Keenlyside alternate in the role of Count Almaviva, with Markus Werba as Figaro, and Golda Schultz as Susanna. Performances take place October 26 & 29 and November 8, 10, 16, 19, 24 & 27.

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Diana Damrau joins the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and conductor Kirill Petrenko on an extensive concert tour throughout Europe this fall. They travel to Milan, Lucerne, Paris, Vienna, and several other cities, with a programme featuring Ms. Damrau as soloist on Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), in addition to works by Tchaikovsky, Ligeti, and more. They perform on September 5 at the Teatro alla Scala; September 7 at the Lucerne Festival; September 12 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées; September 13 at the Philharmonie Luxembourg; September 18 at the Musikverein Wien; September 19  & 20 at Munich’s National Theater (sold out); and September 21 at Alte Oper Frankfurt.

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The Warner Classics/Erato DVD release of Verdi’s La traviata from Opéra National de Paris, starring Diana Damrau as Violetta, has been honored with the 2016 ECHO Klassik Award for Best Music DVD/Blu-ray Recording (Opera). The award ceremony takes place on October 9 at the Konzerthaus Berlin. Additional details on the event, including ticket sales, will be available soon at ECHOKlassik.de.

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Diana Damrau was awarded the ‘Bayerischen Verdienstorden’ (“Bavarian Order of Merit”) at a ceremony on the 13th of July in Munich. This tremendous accolade recognizes Ms. Damrau’s contribution to the world of opera and the arts, as an ambassador and cherished representative of her Bavarian heritage. The honor was bestowed upon her by the head of government in Bavaria.

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28 Mar

RT @LAOpera: Four stars and more for "Tales of Hoffmann." #TalesofHoffmann @PlacidoDomingo @DianaDamrau @VittorioGrigolo https://t.co/FYis

27 Mar

Villain and heroine: The real-life husband and wife onstage in 'Tales of Hoffmann’ | @latimes https://t.co/rnwuXcDQia

27 Mar

RT @LAOpera: Bravo to this dream team! #TalesofHoffmann #OpeningNight #opera #LAOpera #LAO31 #losangeles #dtla https://t.co/eqEbL0yCWI