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.
This season, Diana Damrau returns to the stage of La Scala as Juliette in Bartlett Sher’s sumptuous production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, in which she originally starred in its premiere at the Metropolitan Opera. Ms. Damrau is once again joined by tenor Vittorio Grigolo as Roméo, with Maestro Lorenzo Viotti leading from the pit. The performances take place from January 15 – February 16.
Jan 2, 2020
“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 soprano literally shares a home with Richard Strauss in that she, like the composer, was born in Bavaria. She studied at the conservatory in the Bavarian city of Würzburg, and went on to join the company at its Mainfrankentheater before making an international reputation – not least in such soaring Strauss roles as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier and Aithra in Die Ägyptische Helena.
Dec 13, 2019
Diana Damrau ends the year with three New Year’s Eve Concerts on December 29, 30 and 31 at the Philharmonie Berlin, accompanied by the Berliner Philharmoniker and conductor Kirill Petrenko.
The program offers 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.
The concert on December 31 is scheduled for livestreaming via the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Digital Concert Hall.
– New York Sun