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Diana Damrau rejoins harpist Xavier de Maistre for the second leg of their Lieder tour. This time, they perform at the Salzburger Festspiele on August 22, the Schubertiade Schwanzenberg on August 30, Bucharest on September 1 and Bremen on September 7. The program includes music by Mendelssohn, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Vlasov, Hahn, Renié and Poulenc.

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This summer, Diana Damrau reprises the role of Ophélie in Berlin, for three concert performances on June 24, 27 and 29. This time, she’s joined by Florian Sempey in the title role, Ève-Maud Hubeaux as Gertrude and Nicolas Testé as Claudius, with conductor Yves Abel on the podium.

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This spring, Diana Damrau joins her frequent collaborator Xavier de Maistre on another Liederabend tour, in which they interpret pieces by Mendelssohn, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Vlasov, Hahn, Ravel, Renié and Poulenc.

Tour dates

May 10 Baden-Baden
May 12 Oslo
May 14 Dortmund
May 18 Vienna
May 22 Barcelona
May 24 Bad Kissingen

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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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After her last performance of La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera on December 29, Diana Damrau returns to Europe to sing her first performance of the year at London’s Barbican Hall on January 16. Her frequent collaborator pianist Helmut Deutsch accompanies her in what promises to be a magical evening of Lieder, with a programme comprised of Liszt, Wolf and Strauss.

She then flies to Munich, where she joins the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons to perform Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs) on January 24 and 25. They all travel back to London on January 26, where Ms. Damrau encores Strauss’ beloved song cycle at Barbican Hall.

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In her latest album, Diana Damrau joins Jonas Kaufmann and master pianist Helmut Deutsch in Hugo Wolf’s multi-faceted Italienisches Liederbuch, which they toured in early 2018 across 12 cities around Europe. “One couldn’t ask for more,” wrote the Telegraph after their London concert, which took place two days before this live recording was made in the German city of Essen.

This album is available for pre-order via this link and will be available for purchase on January 11, 2019.

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Aria Code debuts on December 4 with an episode dedicated to Verdi’s La Traviata – a new production of which also opens that night at the Met. Diana Damrau, who stars in the title role, discusses performing Violetta’s spectacular Act I finale, “È strano … Sempre libera,” and the deep inner conflicts around love, stability, and freedom that the music explores.

Aria Code will be available at AriaCode.org, Apple Podcasts, PocketCasts, and all other platforms where podcasts are available. New episodes will be released weekly through February 6.

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This holiday season, Diana Damrau returns to the Metropolitan Opera as the tragic heroine of La Traviata in Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Ms. Damrau last collaborated with Michael Mayer in his production of Rigoletto.

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