New York, NY
Maria Stuarda – Cancelled due to COVID-19
The Metropolitan Opera
Maurizio Benini, conductor
Diana Damrau, Maria Stuarda
Jamie Barton, Elisabetta
Stephen Costello, Leicester
“For me, Strauss is one of the greatest composers,” Diana Damrau has said. “The way he handles the soprano voice is a joy. And to be able to sing his music with my voice feels like coming home.” The centrepiece of this album of Strauss songs is the sublime Vier letzte Lieder, in which Damrau – born and trained in Bavaria – joins forces with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and its long-standing Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons, in what was to become his final recording. Her partner in a tempting and diverse selection of songs with piano is Helmut Deutsch. “Not only is Strauss’s music gorgeous,” says Damrau, “there’s the way he combines words and notes – and the psychology.”
Diana Damrau and Jonas Kaufmann, reigning stars of opera, are also consummate interpreters of song. In early 2018, with master pianist Helmut Deutsch, they performed Hugo Wolf’s multi-faceted Italienisches Liederbuch in 12 cities around Europe. “One couldn’t ask for more,” wrote the Telegraph after their London concert, which took place two days before this live recording was made in the German city of Essen.
The Metropolitan Opera has canceled the remainder of the 2019–20 season, which was to have ended May 9, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. This includes all performances and Live in HD transmissions. This, unfortunately, includes the run of Maria Stuarda scheduled for April and May. For more information, click here.
Joining the Metropolitan Opera and the Staatsoper Berlin in a growing number of opera houses around the world, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro Real de Madrid and Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu will offer free livestreams on their respective platforms to entertain opera fans around the world who find themselves quarantined in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The Staatsoper unter den Linden has announced that it will provide online streams on its website starting on March 16 through April 19. The offerings will change daily, with some re-runs, and will be available for 24 hours (all opera streams start at noon).
On March 23, the stream will feature the ”Staatsoper für alle” Open Air Concert in which Ms. Damrau singing the soprano solo in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
“the leading coloratura soprano in the world”
– New York Sun
Soprano Diana Damrau has been performing on the world’s leading opera and concert stages for two decades. Her vast repertoire spans both lyric soprano and coloratura roles including the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor (La Scala, Bavarian State Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House), Manon (Vienna State Opera, Metropolitan Opera) and La Traviata (La Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Opéra national de Paris and Bavarian State Opera) as well as Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte (Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival, Vienna State Opera, Royal Opera House, Bavarian State Opera).
Invested as Kammersängerin of the Bavarian State Opera (2007) and holder of the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art (2010), Diana Damrau has forged close links with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich where she has been seen in new productions of Lucia di Lammermoor, Les contes d’Hoffmann (the four heroines), Ariadne on Naxos (Zerbinetta), The Silent Woman (Aminta), Die Zauberflöte (Queen of the Night) and Rigoletto (Gilda). Other high profile appearances have included La Traviata (Violetta), Der Rosenkavalier (Sophie), Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Konstanze) as well as Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna and Contessa d’Almaviva).