News - The latest about Diana’s engagements and recordings

 

Diana Damrau’s Strauss album is this year’s winner of the OPUS KLASSIK category 9, Vocal soloist recording! It was recorded for Warner Classics under the baton of the late Mariss Jansons, and with pianist Helmut Deutsch.

This is her second OPUS KLASSIK win after being awarded Singer of the Year for her Meyerbeer album.

The award ceremony will take place at Konzerthaus Berlin on October 18th and ZDF will broadcast the event with the Konzerthausorchester the same evening at 10.15 p.m.

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After the long break due to the COVID-19 cancellations, Diana Damrau makes her much awaited return to the operatic stage as the title role in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda at the Opernhaus Zürich, where she originally made her role debut in the spectacular David Alden production. Salome Jicia portrays her rival Elisabetta, Paolo Fanale sings Roberto, Earl of Leicester, and Nicolas Testé is Giorgio Talbot. Enrique Mazzola leads the orchestra again.

Maria Stuarda opens September 27, with three additional performances on October 7, 11 and 15. The September 27 performance will be broadcast live and will be available for 48 hours on the Opernhaus Zürich’s Oper für alle digital page.

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Diana Damrau and Nicolas Testé appear in Sofia’s Bulgaria Hall on September 4 and 6 for their first two performances of the Royal Affairs Tour, featuring overtures, arias, and duets from operas featuring Kings and Queens.

This tour was inspired by her latest album release, Tudor Queens, in which she 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).

Pavel Baleff will accompany them in their European tour, conducting the resident orchestras in each venue; in this case, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra.

After her performances as Maria Stuarda at the Opernhaus Zürich and the Live Met Gala in Malta, they will resume the tour in Munich on November 30.

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The Metropolitan Opera announced today that it will launch a Pay-Per-View Series featuring some of opera’s biggest stars. This weekend series of 12 live concerts opens Saturday, July 18, with Jonas Kaufmann performing from a historic abbey in Polling, Bavaria.

Diana Damrau will be joined by Joseph Calleja on October 24 in a Palace in Malta. The summer and fall concerts also include Roberto Alagna, Piotr Beczała, Angel Blue, Javier Camarena, Lise Davidsen, Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Aleksandra Kurzak, Anna Netrebko, Sondra Radvanovsky, Bryn Terfel, Pretty Yende, and Sonya Yoncheva.

The pay-per-view tickets, priced at $20, go on sale Tuesday, July 14, at noon ET, and will be available for on-demand viewing for twelve days following the live event.

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EuroArts has announced the upcoming DVD release of the 2019 New Year’s Eve Gala from Berlin in which Diana Damrau starred. It also marked her debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker, led by Kirill Petrenko. It is currently available for purchase on Amazon Germany.

The program included overtures to Gershwin’s Girl Crazy and An American in Paris, Bernstein’s Symphonic dances from West Side Story, and Weill’s Lady in the Dark Symphonic Nocturne, featuring Ms. Damrau in Rodgers “If I loved you” from Carousel, Bernstein’s “I feel pretty” from West Side Story, Weill’s “Foolish Heart” from One Touch of Venus, Sondheim’s “Send in the clowns” from A little Night Music and Arlen’s “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.

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In her upcoming album “Tudor Queens”, coming out on October , 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.”

Pre-order your copy today via Amazon and iTunes!

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Harp recital in Zurich

On July 8, Diana Damrau returns to the stage for the reopening of the Opernhaus Zürich after the COVID-19 safety measures were put in place. For this first performance she rejoins her frequent collaborator, harpist Xavier de Maistre, in a recital featuring works by Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Rachmaninov, Liszt, Hahn, Ravel, Renié, and Poulenc.

Since there is reduced seating capacity resulting from the COVID-19 measures, the number of tickets is limited to a maximum of 2 tickets per person, and can be purchased starting on June 18.

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Join Diana Damrau and Emmanuel Villaume, conductor and Music Director at The Dallas Opera, on their new episode of #AskMaestro tomorrow, May 27. Tune-in to their Instagram and their YouTube channel at 1pm CST/2pm EST to watch!

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Join Thomas Hampson in conversation with colleagues, friends, and other major personalities of the classical music world. Every week, Thomas invites a special guest for a discussion around their favourite piece of the classical repertoire. In this episode: Diana Damrau.

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