News - The latest about Diana’s engagements and recordings

 

The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert on August 11 is a spectacular audio-visual production featuring Diana Damrau and Nicolas Testé under the baton of José Cura.

Filmed at the iconic Fort St. Elmo in Valletta, this online production features music from opera and musical theatre, from composers such as Gershwin, Bellini, Offenbach, Verdi, and Rossini among others. The star-studded line-up also includes young Maltese artists Marvic Monreal and Charles Buttigieg. Watch it on the MPO’s YouTube channel on August 11 at 9 pm CET/3 pm EDT. Grand Finale will also be broadcast on TVM on Friday 13th August at 9pm CET.

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Diana Damrau returns to Munich on July 30 to partake in an extraordinary gala at the Bayerische Staatsoper. She will sing “Porgi, amor”, Countess Almaviva’s cavatina from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, with Ivor Bolton leading the orchestra. Many other opera stars will be featured in this gala, including Elīna Garanča, Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Marlis Petersen, Nina Stemme and Bryn Terfel, among others.

Although the concert is already sold out, this performance will be broadcast live online via Staatsoper.TV.

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Recorded in October of 2020, the soprano-tenor pair perform popular arias and duets from the Royal Palace of Caserta, Italy, including works by Verdi, Bizet, Rossini and others. Soprano Angel Blue hosts. This concert airs on Friday, August 6 on PBS (check local listings).

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On July 29, Diana Damrau performs a new program, « Vivre ou Périr d’Amour », at Ménerbes’ Les Musicales du Luberon with bass Nicolas Testé, soprano Lise Nougier, and conductor Debora Waldman, who leads the Orchestre national Avignon Provence. The audience will be treated to some of the most beloved overtures, arias and duets by Mozart, Bellini, Mascagni, Puccini, Verdi, Bizet, Delibes, and Tchaikovsky.

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Photo: Darren Agius Photography

Diana Damrau will be in Malta this weekend to record a concert with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra that will be broadcast on television at a later date.

She will be joined by her husband, bass Nicola Testé, as well as Maltese mezzo-soprano Marvic Monreal and young baritone Charles Buttigieg. José Cura will lead the orchestra.

This production will feature as part of the MPO’s Online Programme. Release dates for online and TV distribution will be announced shortly on the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra’s website.

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Diana Damrau returns to the Kissinger Sommer Festival on July 3 to sing Lieder by Clara and Robert Schumann, Spanish songs by Joaquin Rodrigo, Enrique Granados, Fernando Obradors and Joaquín Turina, and Lieder by Richard Strauss. Helmut Deutsch accompanies her once again.

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For her first concert with an orchestra and a live audience since the pandemic measures started, Diana Damrau and Nicolas Testé come together on the stage of the Sintra Festival on June 10, with Pavel Baleff conducting the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, for an evening of arias and duets featuring royal characters in Italian and French romantic opera.

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Yesterday, German Minister of Culture Bernd Sibler presented the international opera star Diana Damrau with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in a ceremony that took place in Munich. The singer, who comes from the Swabian town of Günzburg and is celebrated worldwide, received this prestigious award from Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier for her cultural and social contributions.

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On June 1, Diana Damrau joins pianist Helmut Deutsch once again, this time at the Wiener Staatsoper, to sing a recital of Lieder and Spanish songs, featuring works by Clara and Robert Schumann, Enrique Granados, Fernando Obradors, Joaquín Turina and Richard Strauss. Their last two performances, in Baden-Baden and Essen, were livestreamed; this concert will be performed with a live audience in the theatre. She will also perform at the new season announcement of the Wiener Staatsoper on June 3.

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