Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Pavel Baleff, conductor
Diana Damrau, soprano
Nicolas Testé, bass
Capriccio, final scene
Cristian Măcelaru, conductor
Vier letzte Lieder
Kirill Petrenko, conductor
With Riccardo Minasi, Richard Whilds, the Hanover Boys Choir, the NDR Vokalensemble, the NDR Radiophilharmonie, Matthias Höfs, Raphael Alpermann and Gabriel Smallwood.
Just in time for the Christmas season, this digital Christmas EP presents three tracks from an album recorded by the stunning soprano Diana Damrau with the dynamic conductor Riccardo Minasi and the NDR Radiophilharmonie. The full Christmas album will be released in autumn 2022.
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.
Dec 29, 2022
Due to illness, Ms Damrau has withdrawn from the Berlin performances.
Diana Damrau starts her 2023 performances in Berlin, where she’ll sing the final scene from Richard Strauss’ “Capriccio” and three of his Lieder with an orchestral accompaniment: Ständchen op. 17/2, Wiegenlied op. 41/1 and Morgen op. 27/4. The Staatskapelle Berlin, led by Cristian Măcelaru, will also perform Bartók’s “The Wooden Prince” in the second part of the program. The two concerts will take place on January 9 and 10.
She will then travel to Naples to sing the soprano solo in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at Teatro Politeama on January 20 and 22. The other soloists will be Edna Prochnik, Bernard Richter and Ludovic Tézier, with Dan Ettinger on the podium.
Dec 21, 2022
At 7:15 pm CET on Christmas Eve, Diana Damrau will be featured on ZDF with her colleague Jonas Kaufmann at St. Annenkirche in Annaberg-Buchholz, a magnificent backdrop for a festive Christmas concert. The colourful programme includes traditional Christmas carols, classical and baroque music, and jazz and pop sounds, and will be accompanied by the Erzgebirgische Philharmonie Aue conducted by Jens Georg Bachmann.
Also featured are bass René Pape, British pianist Alexis Ffrench, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the Norwegian singer Rebekka Bakken and TikTok and Instagram star Sophie – and as musical representatives of the Ore Mountains, the “Frisch Glück” and the youth choir of the Evangelische SchulGemeinschaft Erzgebirge.
Nov 28, 2022
Diana Damrau has a busy Christmas season ahead of her. She will make several TV appearances, starting with an interview on November 29, LIVE on ZDF Morgenmagazin, from around 8:20 until 8:50 am CET. The concert recorded at the Frauenkirche Dresden on November 26 will be broadcast on December 11 from 5:55 pm CET on ZDF (the concert is available to watch online until December 11). On December 18, she will be featured on Bayerischer Rundfunk TV in a 15-minute portrait segment titled “Advent and Christmas with Diana Damrau”, where she will take us to her hometown of Günzburg, to talk about her childhood memories and what is particularly important to her at Christmas time as a mother of two children. This segment will air at 6:45 pm CET. Lastly, on December 24, she will be part of ZDF’s “Christmas with Jonas Kaufmann”, recorded at St. Annenkirche in Annaberg-Buchholz.
Her Christmas tour, in which she’ll sing excerpts from her newly released album “My Christmas“, will allow audiences to share in the joy of the season. To purchase tickets for the performance closest to you, check below.
“[...]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 title roles in Anna Bolena (Opera House Zurich, Vienna State Opera), I Masnadieri (Bavarian State Opera), Roméo et Juliette (La Scala, Metropolitan Opera), 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). She will make her debut as Gräfin Madeleine in Capriccio at the Bavarian State Opera.
Diana Damrau is Kammersängerin of the Bavarian State Opera (2007) and holder of the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art (2010). She is a recipient of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2021). She has also been selected Singer of the Year (Opernwelt, International Opera Award London, Opera News, Gramophone Editor’s Choice) and since 2020 an asteroid bears her name.