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Nobel Prize Concert

Bringing extra star power to this year’s Nobel Prize Concert on December 8, Diana Damrau will take the stage to pay tribute to the 2022 laureates, making her debut at the Konserthuset Stockholm. Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck will lead the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, with a program of opera arias by Mozart, among others.

Tickets are available via the Konserthuset Stockholm’s website.

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Recital in California

On April 24, Diana Damrau will return to The Broad Stage with bass Nicolas Testé and pianist Maciej Pikulski for a fun and lively evening of opera, operetta, lieder, and songs.

The eclectic program will feature chansons by Duparc, Lieder by Strauss and Rachmaninov, arias and duets from Anna Bolena, I Puritani, La Giaconda, Hamlet and La reine de Saba, excerpts from Lehár’s  Zigeunerliebe, Eva and Paganini, two solo piano pieces by Chopin and Rachmaninov, and some musical theater highlights by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe and a new composition by Brad Ross, “How Sad No One Waltzes Anymore”.

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Four years after their triumphant tour with Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch, Diana Damrau, Jonas Kaufmann and their long-time partner pianist Helmut Deutsch embark on a journey through Europe, interpreting love songs by the two preeminent romantic song composers: Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. In a concert tour full of stirring emotions, the two stars will sing of love in all its facets: dreaming and yearning, the happiness of fulfilment, disappointment and sacrifice. Schumann and Brahms wrote many of these songs with Robert’s wife Clara in mind, with whom Johannes fell in love when Robert was already ill. A tempestuous love affair that Johannes and Clara would transform into a lifelong friendship after Robert’s death. The songs themselves celebrate love, which for the Romantics was a magical force that marks the transition from youth to adulthood.

See below for all the dates and cities

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After her greatly acclaimed role debut as Anna Bolena at the Staatsoper Zürich (“Was die Sängerin, die zu den ganz Grossen ihres Fachs gehört, bei der Premiere an gesanglichen Subtilitäten und darstellerischer Kraft bietet, kann gar nicht mit Worten beschrieben werden” – Neue Zürcher Zeitung), Diana Damrau comes back to the stage of the Wiener Staatsoper from February 12 – 22 to sing the role of the tragic sovereign once again. This time, Erwin Schrott plays Enrico VIII, Ekaterina Semenchuk is Giovanna Seymour, Pene Pati is Lord Riccardo Percy, Szilvia Vörös is Smeton and Dan Paul Dumitrescu is Lord Rochefort.

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Diana Damrau and Richard Strauss – that is a magical combination of music, singing and language. Under the baton of Jérémie Rhorer, the star soprano presented songs by Richard Strauss together with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen on September 4, 2021, followed by the “Metamorphosen” in “Der Glocke” Bremen.

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This digital EP Christmas pre-release features three tracks from an album that the dazzling soprano Diana Damrau has recorded with the dynamic conductor Riccardo Minasi and the NDR Radiophilharmonie. Their complete programme of Christmas music will be released in Autumn 2022. In the meantime, this EP brings together César Franck’s floating, but fervent ‘Panis Angelicus’, an aria from Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio) – the lilting ‘Flößt mein Heiland’ with its delightful echo effects – and, from Handel’s Messiah, the exuberant ‘Erwach, frohlocke, o Tochter von Zion’ (‘Rejoice greatly’ in the original English).

Purchase the digital tracks on Amazon or iTunes! Stream now on IDAGIO.

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Diana Damrau returns to the Opernhaus Zürich next month to make her much awaited debut as the title role of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, the second of Donizetti’s Tudor queens trilogy to take the stage in Zurich, following the 2018 production of Maria Stuarda, in which Ms. Damrau also portrayed the queen (“Damrau was musically and dramatically magnificent… her limpid soft singing and seemingly limitless breath control were extraordinary.” – Operawire).

At her side is Luca Pisaroni as King Henry VIII and Karine Deshayes as Anne’s rival, Jane Seymour. The production is in the hands of American stage director David Alden, and Enrique Mazzolla, a noted expert in Italian bel canto repertoire, is once again at the podium of the Philharmonia Zürich. The performances take place from December 5 until January 13.

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Diana Damrau reprises her Lieder and Spanish songs program on October 12 at Wigmore Hall, with pianist Maciej Pikulski by her side on this occasion. For her second recital at the Opéra National de Bordeaux on October 17, Helmut Deutsch will accompany her once again.

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Royal Affairs tour

Diana Damrau joins Nicolas Testé once again in a tour of their Royal Affairs program, in which they sing arias and duets by Kings and Queens in opera. They start on September 25 at Antwerp’s Koningin Elisabethzaal, going on to the Festival der Nationen in Bad Wörishofen on October 2, the Dmitry Hvorostovsky Festival on October 24, and singing the last concert of the tour on October 31 at the Konzerthaus Dortmund. Pavel Baleff leads both the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and the Münchner Rundfunkorchester.

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