News - The latest about Diana’s engagements and recordings

 

Staatsoper für alle, an annual open-air concert that has been held in the heart of Berlin since 2007, has become one of the most successful events in the cultural calendar of the city. This year’s concert will take place just before the renovated opera house opens on September 30.

Daniel Barenboim conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Staatsopernchor and an all-star soloist ensemble featuring Diana Damrau, Okka von der Damerau, Burkhardt Fritz and René Pape in Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 for the event. Sponsored by BMW Berlin, admission for the concert will be free with open seating for the public. In addition, the Staatsoper Berlin will offer a free Livestream of the concert on their website at 5 pm CET.

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Asian Concert Tour

For the month of November, Diana Damrau and her husband, bass-baritone Nicolas Testé, will travel to Asia on a concert and recital tour that will take them to five different countries. The programmes include selections by Rossini, Verdi, Meyerbeer, and more, highlighting arias and duets from the composer’s most loved operatic works. Their first concert will take place at the Singapore Esplanade on November 1, then they will sing a recital in Shanghai on November 4, followed by two Opera Gala concerts in Tokyo and Taipei on November 10 and November 14, respectively. November 18 will see the couple performing at Guangzhou Opera House, after which they will give a concert in Seoul on November 21. The duo completes their tour with a recital in Beijing on November 29.

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With its festive RCO Opening Night on September 14, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra kicks off the new season with a hall full of loyal listeners and new music lovers. This third annual season-opener features star soprano Diana Damrau singing well-loved Mozart arias. In addition, Thomas Hengelbrock will conduct a number of orchestral works by Mozart, as well as Dvořák’s ever-enjoyable Symphony No. 8.

The overture and the first aria will be livestreamed on September 14 at 20:15 CET on Mezzo TV. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will also share this live-stream on their Facebook page.

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The 2016 Royal Opera House staging of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, directed by Katie Mitchell, is scheduled for release in October on Amazon.de. The opera stars Diana Damrau as Lucia, Charles Castronovo as Edgardo, Ludovic Tézier as Enrico and Kwangchul Youn as Raimondo, with Daniel Oren leading from the pit.

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Ms. Damrau will perform at Le Concert de Paris on July 14, in a televised concert celebrating Bastille Day. Along with l’Orchestre national de France and the Chœur et de la Maîtrise de Radio France, Ms. Damrau will sing “Je veux vivre,” from Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, and the Strauss lied “Morgen.” Russian conductor Valery Gargiev leads Ms. Damrau and other international opera

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Diana Damrau returns to Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper this summer for a series of highly anticipated performances. She stars as Lucia di Lammermoor on July 13 & 16 with Charles Castronovo as Edgardo, Simone Piazzola as Enrico, and Nicolas Testé sings Raimondo, with Oksana Lyniv leading from the pit and stage direction by Barbara Wysocka. Ms. Damrau received critical acclaim for her “splendidly sung” (Opera News) portrayal in the production’s debut.

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Diana Damrau and bass-baritone Nicolas Testé will travel throughout Europe this month, presenting works by Meyerbeer, Bellini, Massenet, and more at some of the continent’s premiere venues. Emmanuel Villaume leads Prague Philharmonia for the performances which take place on May 16 at the Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall in Prague, Semperoper Dresden (May 21), the ICE Kraków Congress Centre in Poland (May 24), Munich’s Philharmonie im Gasteig (May 31), the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus (June 2), Philharmonie Essen (June 4), Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (June 7) and Philharmonie Luxembourg (June 12).

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This spring, Diana Damrau and her husband, bass-baritone Nicolas Testé, present a multi-city concert tour at some of South America’s premiere venues. The duo begins their tour in Fruitillar on April 22 at the Teatro del Lago accompanied by pianist Maciej Pikulski, followed by events in Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colón with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires and conductor Mario Perusso (April 27), and the Mozarteum Brasileiro in São Paulo, with the Orquestra Acadêmica Mozarteum Brasileiro (May 1 & 2). The programme features works by Meyerbeer, Bellini, Verdi, and more.

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In her debut appearance at LA Opera, Diana Damrau will sing Antonia and Stella in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Ms. Damrau reunites with tenor Vittorio Grigolo (Hoffmann) in this production, following their critically acclaimed performances in the title roles of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at The Metropolitan Opera. The cast also features Nicolas Testé as The Four Villains, Kate Lindsey as Nicklausse/Muse, Kate Aldrich as Giulietta, and So Young Park/Liv Redpath as Olympia.

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