Filmed at the iconic Fort St. Elmo in Valletta
José Cura, conductor
Diana Damrau, soprano
Nicolas Testé, bass
Marvic Monreal, mezzo-soprano
Charles Buttigieg, baritone
Europäischen Kulturpreises Gala
Bonn Opera House
Beethoven Orchester Bonn
Dirk Kaftan, conductor
Franz Léhar: „Hör ich Cymbalklänge“
Musikfest Bremen, Die Glocke
Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
Jérémie Rhorer, conductor
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.”
Stream on IDAGIO
Jul 31, 2021
The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert on August 11 is a spectacular audio-visual production featuring Diana Damrau and Nicolas Testé under the baton of José Cura.
Filmed at the iconic Fort St. Elmo in Valletta, this online production features music from opera and musical theatre, from composers such as Gershwin, Bellini, Offenbach, Verdi, and Rossini among others. The star-studded line-up also includes young Maltese artists Marvic Monreal and Charles Buttigieg. Watch it on the MPO’s YouTube channel on August 11 at 9 pm CET/3 pm EDT. Grand Finale will also be broadcast on TVM on Friday 13th August at 9pm CET.
Diana Damrau returns to Munich on July 30 to partake in an extraordinary gala at the Bayerische Staatsoper. She will sing “Porgi, amor”, Countess Almaviva’s cavatina from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, with Ivor Bolton leading the orchestra. Many other opera stars will be featured in this gala, including Elīna Garanča, Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Marlis Petersen, Nina Stemme and Bryn Terfel, among others.
Although the concert is already sold out, this performance will be broadcast live online via Staatsoper.TV.
“[...]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).