31

Mar

Barbican Centre

Concert

Barbican Centre
Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

8

Apr

London

Faust

Royal Opera House
Dan Ettinger, conductor

11

Apr

London

Faust

Royal Opera House
Dan Ettinger, conductor

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On April 8, Diana Damrau makes her debut as Marguerite in Faust, Gounod’s most popular opera. David McVicar’s stunning Parisian production also features Michael Fabiano in the title role and Erwin Schrott as Méphistophélès. The performances take place at the Royal Opera House from April 8 – 30 with Dan Ettinger on the podium.

This is Ms. Damrau’s second role debut this spring, after singing Ophélie in Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet in Barcelona. She already sung Marguerite’s most famous aria, the Jewel Song (Ah! je ris de me voir si belle en ce miroir), for Munich audiences at the Klassik am Odeonsplatz last summer.

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Premiering in the US on Friday, April 5 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), with an encore on Sunday, April 7 at 12 p.m, season 13 of Great Performances at the Met comes to primetime with Verdi’s masterpiece La Traviata. Conducted by new Metropolitan Opera music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the opera stars Diana Damrau in the pinnacle soprano role of Violetta alongside Juan Diego Flórez as her hapless lover Alfredo and Quinn Kelsey as his father Germont.

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Diana Damrau makes her role debut as Ophélie in Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet in two concert version performances on March 7 and 10 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

This unusual and much appreciated Hamlet, which features a semi-happy ending, is an excellent exponent of French lyric drama, whose works are midway between grand opéra and Romantic bel canto. Thomas has bequeathed us a score rich in nuances and dramatic plot developments, including a madness aria for Ophélie. Carlos Álvarez sings the title role, Nicolas Testé is Claudius and Celso Albelo is Laërte. Daniel Oren conducts Liceu’s orchestra and chorus.

The performance on March 7 is scheduled for broadcast via Catalunya Música and RNE.

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“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 The Magic Flute (Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival, Vienna State Opera, Royal Opera House).

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 auf Naxos (Zerbinetta), Die schweigsame Frau (Aminta), Die Zauberflöte (Queen of the Night) and Rigoletto (Gilda). Other high profile appearances have included La Traviata (Violetta Valéry), Der Rosenkavalier (Sophie) and Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Konstanze).