Update: These performances have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
Diana Damrau starts the year making her greatly anticipated debut in Richard Strauss’ Capriccio, an opera revolving around debate that raged during the Enlightenment: what matters more, the music or the text? Who will succeed in winning the heart of the Countess Madeleine – Olivier, a poet, or Flamand, a musician?
Ms. Damrau is joined by a stellar cast, including Wolfgang Koch, Pavol Breslik, Audun Iversen, Günther Groissböck, Ekaterina Gubanova, Graham Clark, Sydney Mancasola, Xabier Anduaga and Luke Stoker. The performances, if no cancellations due to COVID-19 occur, will take place from January 26 until the February 21.
Diana Damrau will work with the young artists of the Opernhaus Zürich’s International Opera Studio during a three-day workshop. The program will include Lieder by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, R. Strauss, Wolf and Reger. Friends of the Opernhaus Zürich have the exclusive opportunity to experience the workshop on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The concert will take place on Thursday, December 17, 2020, 7 pm. The stream will be available on demand here from Friday, December 25, 2020, 18:00 until Sunday, January 17, 2021, 24:00.
The three young artists featured will be tenor Andrei Skliarenko, baritone Yuriy Hadzetskyy and bass Brent Michael Smith, and Adrian Kelly will play piano.
Tickets for the livestream will be available from Monday, December 7, 11 a.m. exclusively by telephone: +41 44 259 58 52 (Mon to Fri from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
UPDATE: The Opéra de Paris has announced that following the latest government announcements, all their activities are cancelled until at least January 7. Unfortunately, this concert is included.
On December 15, the last performance of the Royal Affairs tour takes place at the Philharmonie de Paris, with Diana Damrau, Nicolas Testé, and Ivan Repušić leading the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France. The program features music by Rossini, Gounod, Delibes, Tchaikovsky, Parashkev, Verdi, Donizetti and Bellini.
Combining arias and duets from 19th century French and Italian operas, from Mary Stuart to Philip II, Norma and King Claudius, the German soprano and French bass sing the grandeur, the downfalls and the loneliness of sovereigns dear to the lyrical repertoire.
Due to the COVID-19 prevention measures in Germany, the Royal Affairs tour that was planned for Munich, Baden-Baden, Hamburg and Dortmund has been cancelled, and in its place, Diana Damrau and Nicolas Testé, with the NDR Radiophilharmonie under the baton of Ivan Repušić, will perform in Hannover on December 3 at 8 pm Germany time, in a livestreamed performance. The program features music by Rossini, Gounod, Delibes, Tchaikovsky, Parashkev, Verdi, Donizetti and Bellini.
The scheduled concert at the Bayerische Staatsoper on November 19 had to be cancelled due to new COVID-19 safety measures in Germany, but it has been rescheduled for November 16 as a livestream without an audience in the hall.
The evening will feature an all-Strauss program, with several sets of Lieder sung by Diana Damrau and Klaus Florian Vogt, as well as his Concert for Horn, Duet-Concertino for clarinet and bassoon, and Intermezzo per Idomeneo. Conductor Asher Fish leads the orchestra.
To watch the livestream, visit the Staatsoper’s TV website.
This year, due to COVID-19, Thomas Gottschalk presents the prize winners of the Opus Klassik Award at the Konzerthaus Berlin with considerably fewer people in the audience and on stage. The current travel restrictions may not make it possible for some of the winners to appear.
On Saturday, October 17, there will be a chamber music concert in the Villa Elisabeth in Berlin. This concert will be streamed live at 7 p.m. Berlin time on ZDF.
A second Award ceremony will take place on Sunday, October 18, 2020 in the Konzerthaus Berlin. This ceremony will also be broadcast at 10:15 p.m. on ZDF.
On October 24, Diana Damrau and Joseph Calleja perform live from the Cappella Palatina of the Royal Palace of Caserta—a spectacular chapel that provides the perfect setting for a program that includes favourite excerpts from Puccini’s Tosca, as well as other popular duets and arias.
Tickets for this live concert are $20, and the performance will remain available for on-demand viewing for 14 days. If you are unable to tune in live, you may purchase a ticket at any point during the 14-day window to access the concert on demand.
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Diana Damrau’s Strauss album is this year’s winner of the OPUS KLASSIK category 9, Vocal soloist recording! It was recorded for Warner Classics under the baton of the late Mariss Jansons, and with pianist Helmut Deutsch.
This is her second OPUS KLASSIK win after being awarded Singer of the Year for her Meyerbeer album.
The award ceremony will take place at Konzerthaus Berlin on October 18th and ZDF will broadcast the event with the Konzerthausorchester the same evening at 10.15 p.m.
After the long break due to the COVID-19 cancellations, Diana Damrau makes her much awaited return to the operatic stage as the title role in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda at the Opernhaus Zürich, where she originally made her role debut in the spectacular David Alden production. Salome Jicia portrays her rival Elisabetta, Paolo Fanale sings Roberto, Earl of Leicester, and Nicolas Testé is Giorgio Talbot. Enrique Mazzola leads the orchestra again.
Maria Stuarda opens September 27, with three additional performances on October 7, 11 and 15. The September 27 performance will be broadcast live and will be available for 48 hours on the Opernhaus Zürich’s Oper für alle digital page.