This season, Diana Damrau returns to the stage of La Scala as Juliette in Bartlett Sher’s sumptuous production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, in which she originally starred in its premiere at the Metropolitan Opera. Ms. Damrau is once again joined by tenor Vittorio Grigolo as Roméo, with Maestro Lorenzo Viotti leading from the pit. The performances take place from January 15 – February 16.
“For me, Strauss is one of the greatest composers,” Diana Damrau has said. “The way he handles the soprano voice is a joy. And to be able to sing his music with my voice feels like coming home.”
The soprano literally shares a home with Richard Strauss in that she, like the composer, was born in Bavaria. She studied at the conservatory in the Bavarian city of Würzburg, and went on to join the company at its Mainfrankentheater before making an international reputation – not least in such soaring Strauss roles as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier and Aithra in Die Ägyptische Helena.
Diana Damrau ends the year with three New Year’s Eve Concerts on December 29, 30 and 31 at the Philharmonie Berlin, accompanied by the Berliner Philharmoniker and conductor Kirill Petrenko.
The program offers 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.
The concert on December 31 is scheduled for livestreaming via the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Digital Concert Hall.
OPERA NEWS Editor-in-Chief F. Paul Driscoll has announced the recipients of the fifteenth annual OPERA NEWS Awards, which include Diana Damrau, Thomas Allen, Javier Camarena, Ana María Martinez, and Anthony Roth Costanzo.
This year’s honorees will receive their awards in a black-tie gala event set for April, 5, 2020 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
In November, Diana Damrau joins legendary conductor Mariss Jansons and Sir Antonio Pappano in performing Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder.
The concerts with Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Cologne, Antwerp and New York, also include in the program Strauss’ Four Symphonic Interludes from Intermezzo and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, as well as a selection of other Strauss Lieder that won’t be included in the Carnegie Hall performance.
For her performance with Maestro Pappano in Amsterdam, she sings Vier letzte Lieder in addition to selections by Rossini, Bizet, Wagner, and Berg.
See below for a full list of dates and locations.
Warner Classics’s recording of Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch, featuring Diana Damrau and Jonas Kaufmann with Helmut Deutsch at the piano, has been shortlisted for a 2019 Gramophone Classical Music Awards: Solo Vocal.
The Awards ceremony takes place in London at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms on October 16. Individual tickets and tables for the ceremony are available to purchase here.
Presented with Apple Music, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute’s Polska Music programme and Medici TV, this year’s Awards Ceremony will be streamed live from the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms by Medici TV at 6.30pm (UK time).
Radio Romania is scheduled to broadcast Diana’s Lieder recital with harpist Xavier de Maistre on September 1 and her concert with Gianandrea Noseda on September 3 LIVE from the Enescu Festival.
During the broadcast of the recital from the Romanian Athenaeum the listeners will be treated to the program she has been touring around Europe, which includes Lieder by Felix Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, Vlasov, Hahn and Poulenc, as well as two pieces by Liszt and Debussy, arranged for solo harp by de Maistre himself. Tune in at 16:30 EEST / 9:30 am EDT.
For the concert with maestro Gianandrea Noseda and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Sala Palatului, she premieres Iain Bell’s The Hidden Place, a song cycle written for her by the British composer; and sings the final scene of Richard Strauss’ Capriccio. This concert can be heard at 20:00 EEST / 1 pm EDT.
Follow this link to check the program and listen LIVE to Radio Romania. The September 1 program will also be recorded and available for archived listening here.
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.
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.