Jan 27, 2019
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.
She then returns to the Barbican Centre on March 31, where she premieres Iain Bell’s The Hidden Place, which sets poetry written by Christa Palmer, opera singer and Ms. Damrau’s aunt, and depicts the intimate moments shared by two lovers throughout the four seasons of the year.
The program that night opens with Richard Strauss’ Don Juan, and after The Hidden Place, the audience will hear Till Eulenspiegel. The last piece of the evening is the final scene of the opera Capriccio, which Ms. Damrau sings for the first time in this concert.