Opera Arias Recital – Cancelled due to COVID-19
Nicolas Testé, bass
Maciej Pikulski, piano
Vivre ou Périr d’Amour
Théatre des Carrières, Les Musicales du Luberon
Orchestre national Avignon Provence
Debora Waldman, conductor
Diana Damrau, soprano
Nicolas Testé, bass
Lise Nougier, mezzo-soprano
Europäischen Kulturpreises Gala
Bonn Opera House
Beethoven Orchester Bonn
Dirk Kaftan, conductor
Franz Léhar: „Hör ich Cymbalklänge“
Soprano Diana Damrau 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). With Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra and Chorus of Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, she performs the substantial and climactic final scene of each work. When Damrau sang Maria Stuarda at the Zurich Opera, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung wrote: “She commands a voice that seems to have no limits. Her coloratura is stunning, her vocal range impressive, and her dynamic shadings are breath-taking. Damrau is in a class of her own.”
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“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.”
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Jun 2, 2021
For her first concert with an orchestra and a live audience since the pandemic measures started, Diana Damrau and Nicolas Testé come together on the stage of the Sintra Festival on June 10, with Pavel Baleff conducting the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, for an evening of arias and duets featuring royal characters in Italian and French romantic opera.
Yesterday, German Minister of Culture Bernd Sibler presented the international opera star Diana Damrau with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in a ceremony that took place in Munich. The singer, who comes from the Swabian town of Günzburg and is celebrated worldwide, received this prestigious award from Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier for her cultural and social contributions.
May 16, 2021
On June 1, Diana Damrau joins pianist Helmut Deutsch once again, this time at the Wiener Staatsoper, to sing a recital of Lieder and Spanish songs, featuring works by Clara and Robert Schumann, Enrique Granados, Fernando Obradors, Joaquín Turina and Richard Strauss. Their last two performances, in Baden-Baden and Essen, were livestreamed; this concert will be performed with a live audience in the theatre. She will also perform at the new season announcement of the Wiener Staatsoper on June 3.
“[...]Damrau’s vocal delicacy, [is] able to open a phrase with a delicate crescendo, while often ending them with soft holds as if she were embracing the syllables to the fullest.”
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).