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Royal Affairs Tour

Due to the COVID-19 prevention measures in Germany, the Royal Affairs tour that was planned for Munich, Baden-Baden, Hamburg and Dortmund has been cancelled, and in its place, Diana Damrau and Nicolas Testé, with the NDR Radiophilharmonie under the baton of Ivan Repušić, will perform in Hannover on December 3 at 8 pm Germany time, in a livestreamed performance. The program features music by Rossini, Gounod, Delibes, Tchaikovsky, Parashkev, Verdi, Donizetti and Bellini.


The scheduled concert at the Bayerische Staatsoper on November 19 had to be cancelled due to new COVID-19 safety measures in Germany, but it has been rescheduled for November 16 as a livestream without an audience in the hall.

The evening will feature an all-Strauss program, with several sets of Lieder sung by Diana Damrau and Klaus Florian Vogt, as well as his Concert for Horn, Duet-Concertino for clarinet and bassoon, and Intermezzo per Idomeneo. Conductor Asher Fish leads the orchestra.

To watch the livestream, visit the Staatsoper’s TV website.


This year, due to COVID-19, Thomas Gottschalk presents the prize winners of the Opus Klassik Award at the Konzerthaus Berlin with considerably fewer people in the audience and on stage. The current travel restrictions may not make it possible for some of the winners to appear.

On Saturday, October 17, there will be a chamber music concert in the Villa Elisabeth in Berlin. This concert will be streamed live at 7 p.m. Berlin time on ZDF.

A second Award ceremony will take place on Sunday, October 18, 2020 in the Konzerthaus Berlin. This ceremony will also be broadcast at 10:15 p.m. on ZDF.


On October 24, Diana Damrau and Joseph Calleja perform live from the Cappella Palatina of the Royal Palace of Caserta—a spectacular chapel that provides the perfect setting for a program that includes favourite excerpts from Puccini’s Tosca, as well as other popular duets and arias.

Tickets for this live concert are $20, and the performance will remain available for on-demand viewing for 14 days. If you are unable to tune in live, you may purchase a ticket at any point during the 14-day window to access the concert on demand.

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Diana Damrau’s Strauss album is this year’s winner of the OPUS KLASSIK category 9, Vocal soloist recording! It was recorded for Warner Classics under the baton of the late Mariss Jansons, and with pianist Helmut Deutsch.

This is her second OPUS KLASSIK win after being awarded Singer of the Year for her Meyerbeer album.

The award ceremony will take place at Konzerthaus Berlin on October 18 and ZDF will broadcast the event with the Konzerthausorchester the same evening at 10.15 p.m.


After the long break due to the COVID-19 cancellations, Diana Damrau makes her much awaited return to the operatic stage as the title role in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda at the Opernhaus Zürich, where she originally made her role debut in the spectacular David Alden production. Salome Jicia portrays her rival Elisabetta, Paolo Fanale sings Roberto, Earl of Leicester, and Nicolas Testé is Giorgio Talbot. Enrique Mazzola leads the orchestra again.

Maria Stuarda opens September 27, with three additional performances on October 7, 11 and 15. The September 27 performance will be broadcast live and will be available for 48 hours on the Opernhaus Zürich’s Oper für alle digital page.


Diana Damrau and Nicolas Testé appear in Sofia’s Bulgaria Hall on September 4 and 6 for their first two performances of the Royal Affairs Tour, featuring overtures, arias, and duets from operas featuring Kings and Queens.

This tour was inspired by her latest album release, Tudor Queens, in which she assumes the crowns of three different Tudor queens, the central characters in operas by Donizetti: Anne Boleyn (Anna Bolena), Mary, Queen of Scots (Maria Stuarda), and Elizabeth I (Roberto Devereux).

Pavel Baleff will accompany them in their European tour, conducting the resident orchestras in each venue; in this case, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra.

After her performances as Maria Stuarda at the Opernhaus Zürich and the Live Met Gala in Malta, they will resume the tour in Munich on November 30.


The Metropolitan Opera announced today that it will launch a Pay-Per-View Series featuring some of opera’s biggest stars. This weekend series of 12 live concerts opens Saturday, July 18, with Jonas Kaufmann performing from a historic abbey in Polling, Bavaria.

Diana Damrau will be joined by Joseph Calleja on October 24 in a Palace in Malta. The summer and fall concerts also include Roberto Alagna, Piotr Beczała, Angel Blue, Javier Camarena, Lise Davidsen, Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Aleksandra Kurzak, Anna Netrebko, Sondra Radvanovsky, Bryn Terfel, Pretty Yende, and Sonya Yoncheva.

The pay-per-view tickets, priced at $20, go on sale Tuesday, July 14, at noon ET, and will be available for on-demand viewing for twelve days following the live event.


EuroArts has announced the upcoming DVD release of the 2019 New Year’s Eve Gala from Berlin in which Diana Damrau starred. It also marked her debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker, led by Kirill Petrenko. It is currently available for purchase on Amazon Germany.

The program included overtures to Gershwin’s Girl Crazy and An American in Paris, Bernstein’s Symphonic dances from West Side Story, and Weill’s Lady in the Dark Symphonic Nocturne, featuring Ms. Damrau in Rodgers „If I loved you“ from Carousel, Bernstein’s „I feel pretty“ from West Side Story, Weill’s „Foolish Heart“ from One Touch of Venus, Sondheim’s „Send in the clowns“ from A little Night Music and Arlen’s „Over the Rainbow“ from The Wizard of Oz.


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