News - The latest about Diana’s engagements and recordings

 

After her last performance of La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera on December 29, Diana Damrau returns to Europe to sing her first performance of the year at London’s Barbican Hall on January 16. Her frequent collaborator pianist Helmut Deutsch accompanies her in what promises to be a magical evening of Lieder, with a programme comprised of Liszt, Wolf and Strauss.

She then flies to Munich, where she joins the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons to perform Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs) on January 24 and 25. They all travel back to London on January 26, where Ms. Damrau encores Strauss’ beloved song cycle at Barbican Hall.

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In her latest album, Diana Damrau joins Jonas Kaufmann and master pianist Helmut Deutsch in Hugo Wolf’s multi-faceted Italienisches Liederbuch, which they toured in early 2018 across 12 cities around Europe. “One couldn’t ask for more,” wrote the Telegraph after their London concert, which took place two days before this live recording was made in the German city of Essen.

This album is available for pre-order via this link and will be available for purchase on January 11, 2019.

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Aria Code debuts on December 4 with an episode dedicated to Verdi’s La Traviata – a new production of which also opens that night at the Met. Diana Damrau, who stars in the title role, discusses performing Violetta’s spectacular Act I finale, “È strano … Sempre libera,” and the deep inner conflicts around love, stability, and freedom that the music explores.

Aria Code will be available at AriaCode.org, Apple Podcasts, PocketCasts, and all other platforms where podcasts are available. New episodes will be released weekly through February 6.

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This holiday season, Diana Damrau returns to the Metropolitan Opera as the tragic heroine of La Traviata in Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Ms. Damrau last collaborated with Michael Mayer in his production of Rigoletto.

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Diana Damrau has been awarded Opus Klassik‘s Singer of the Year for her Meyerbeer album!

The Opus Klassik, a new award for classical music, will be awarded for the first time at the Konzerthaus Berlin on Sunday, October 14. Ms. Damrau will perform alongside some of the other award winners, including Juan Diego Flórez, with whom she will star in a new production of La Traviata later this year at the Metropolitan Opera.

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Summer performances

On July 13, Ms. Damrau sings a concert at Munich’s Klassik am Odeonsplatz, with violinist Radoslaw Szulc and conductor Cristian Măcelaru. Her part of the program features Manon’s aria “Suis-je gentille ainsi?… Je marche sur tous les chemins” and “Ah! Je ris de me voir si belle en ce miroir!” from Gounod’s Faust. This concert is scheduled for LIVE broadcast via BR-Klassik.

Afterwards, she continues her VERDIssimo tour with Nicolas Testé. Their last two performances are on July 18 in Ljubljana and on July 22 in Regensburg. “She was able to thrill with her firm high coloratura notes as well as move through intense expressiveness”, ConcertoNet raved about their Istanbul concert.

She then returns to Munich, where she’ll star in two sold-out performances of Verdi’s La Traviata on July 25 and 28. Violetta has become one of her signature roles. Opera News described her rendition as “remarkably detailed” and “beautifully sung”.

For a sold-out performance, on August 3, Diana Damrau joins Jonas Kaufmann at the Salzburg Festival to reprise their successful rendition of Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch.

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This fall, Diana Damrau performs at the Parisian Bastille Opera, where she sings Marguerite de Valois in Giacomo Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots. She has dedicated her latest album, “Grand Opéra”, to the rediscovery of this composer: eleven arias, eleven gems, an irresistible selection.

Diana Damrau has won this year’s Annual Prize of the German critics for her “Grand Opéra” album. On May 30 at 19:00, Ms. Damrau will have in conversation with the juror and music critic Eleonore Büning  at the Dussmann KulturKaufhaus in Berlin.

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Diana Damrau and baritone Nicolas Testé depart on a “VERDIssimo” tour on May 17 and 19, to be continued on June 4, 7 and 10, after two concert version performances of Maria Stuarda at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on May 28 and 31.

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This April, Diana Damrau makes her highly anticipated debut as Maria Stuarda in Donizetti’s opera of the same name. Serena Farnocchia embodies her rival Elisabetta, Pavol Breslik sings Roberto, Earl of Leicester, and Nicolas Testé portrays Giorgio Talbot. Enrique Mazzola is on the podium.

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