Staatsoper für alle – Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

Staatsoper unter den Linden
Daniel Barenboim, conductor




“Belcanto Drammatico” with works by Meyerbeer

Philharmonie de Paris
Orchestre National de Lille
Lukazs Borowicz, direction
Diana Damrau, soprano




Opera Gala Concert

Singapore Esplanade
Pavel Baleff, conductor

Diana Damrau, soprano
Nicolas Testé, bass-baritone

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Staatsoper für alle, an annual open-air concert that has been held in the heart of Berlin since 2007, has become one of the most successful events in the cultural calendar of the city. This year’s concert will take place just before the renovated opera house opens on September 30.

Daniel Barenboim conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Staatsopernchor and an all-star soloist ensemble featuring Diana Damrau, Okka von der Damerau, Burkhardt Fritz and René Pape in Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 for the event. Sponsored by BMW Berlin, admission for the concert will be free with open seating for the public. In addition, the Staatsoper Berlin will offer a free Livestream of the concert on their website at 5 pm CET.

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Asian Concert Tour

For the month of November, Diana Damrau and her husband, bass-baritone Nicolas Testé, will travel to Asia on a concert and recital tour that will take them to five different countries. The programmes include selections by Rossini, Verdi, Meyerbeer, and more, highlighting arias and duets from the composer’s most loved operatic works. Their first concert will take place at the Singapore Esplanade on November 1, then they will sing a recital in Shanghai on November 4, followed by two Opera Gala concerts in Tokyo and Taipei on November 10 and November 14, respectively. November 18 will see the couple performing at Guangzhou Opera House, after which they will give a concert in Seoul on November 21. The duo completes their tour with a recital in Beijing on November 29.

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With its festive RCO Opening Night on September 14, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra kicks off the new season with a hall full of loyal listeners and new music lovers. This third annual season-opener features star soprano Diana Damrau singing well-loved Mozart arias. In addition, Thomas Hengelbrock will conduct a number of orchestral works by Mozart, as well as Dvořák’s ever-enjoyable Symphony No. 8.

The overture and the first aria will be livestreamed on September 14 at 20:15 CET on Mezzo TV. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will also share this live-stream on their Facebook page.

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“the leading coloratura soprano in the world”

– New York Sun

Acclaimed as the “leading coloratura soprano in the world” (New York Sun) and “a soprano of matchless intelligence” (The Guardian), Diana Damrau continues to amaze audiences with her unique voice and arresting stage presence. A regular guest at the most renowned opera houses and concert halls she was awarded the title of Bayerische Kammersängerin awarded in 2007 and named “Female Singer of the Year” at the 2014 International Opera Awards.

The 2017/18 season will see Ms Damrau performing a wide range of repertoire on the operatic and concert stages of Europe and Asia. She will be touring to promote her new CD, “Grand Opera: the music of Meyerbeer, will give a series of recitals with Jonas Kaufmann and embark on Asian concert tour with her husband, Nicolas Testé. She’ll sing her famous roles of Lucia di Lammermoor and Violetta Valéry and will take on the new roles of Maria Stuarda in the self-titled opera by Donizetti and Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust.