Reviews

“As the emotionally unstable Elvira, a young Puritan woman in 17th-century England, Ms. Damrau sang with gleaming sound, volatile intensity and fearless execution of florid coloratura runs.”

Anthony Tommasini – The New York Times

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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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“As the Countess, Damrau was able to play out her comic tendencies and she was obviously enjoying herself. If she was the one who had caught the intrigue in a moment, she was already striking again as an affectionate wife who was profoundly offended by her husband’s jealousy. As expected, Damrau also provided a grandiose countess with a wide palette of vocal colors with her fine and seemingly effortless dynamic modulations. Her trills, sung in pianissimo, bore the character of a mischievous but at the same time quite furious Countess across the orchestra pit.”

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“Diana Damrau thrilled as a vocally sensational and dramatically mature countess. It is she who, by her disguise, regains the love of her husband.”

{Diana Damrau begeistert als eine stimmlich sensationelle und schauspielerisch reife Gräfin. Sie ist es, die durch ihre Verkleidungsintrige die Liebe ihres Mannes wieder zurückgewinnt.}

Thomas Schacher – Neue Zürcher Zeitung

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“The great soprano Diana Damrau has the necessary maturity to vocally interpret Richard Strauss’ “Four Last Songs”: The melancholy nature of these songs, in which the cycles of days, years, and a lifetime undergo an inextricable connection, represent matte and bright colors with an incredible range of light. ”

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“Diana Damrau is the ideal interpreter of Elvira; with her rich and full voice she stands in the center of a peculiar polyphony, where there is little argument, because the drama is set in a purely vocal and musical stratosphere.”

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“Diana Damrau not only has an amazing voice, but also possesses a wealth of overwhelming emotion . . . the last encore of a fun evening was greeted by energetic applause of a large audience at last. Behind that exuberant stage however, there is the whole substance of a voice that arrives securely and penetrating, which addresses the most inaccessible barriers by moving with a virtuosic and solid technical background and agility.”

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“With Diana Damrau in the title role there was much anticipation with the fans present to hear the current best Lucia in the world. The expectations were correspondingly high. And they were even exceeded! The audience in the sold-out house witnessed Diana Damrau’s breathtaking intensity, vocally as well as in her gestural presentation. Already in her opening aria in the first act ( “Regnava nel silenzio”) the audience was delighted and showered her formally with bravos. The same was the case in the following duet of the secretly lovers Lucia and Edgardo ( “Sulla tomba che rinserra”). Ravishing and highly emotional performances were sung by her and her stage partner, tenor Piero Pretti. And of course she was crowned with her own special vocal resources and the brilliant sextet in the second act ( “Chi mi frena in tal momento”) which was also one of the many highlights of this evening of opera in concert.

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“In Torino where it was performed this month in a staging by Damiano Michieletto and with no less than three performances, Lucia di Lammermoor now traveled to the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, leaving the static sets and costumes but not from this theater, without which the opera is only music. The very name of Diana Damrau, a person today as known as Eddy Merckx in his time by the yellow jersey was enough to fill the room . . .

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