News - The latest about Diana’s engagements and recordings

 

The Metropolitan Opera announced today that it will launch a Pay-Per-View Series featuring some of opera’s biggest stars. This weekend series of 12 live concerts opens Saturday, July 18, with Jonas Kaufmann performing from a historic abbey in Polling, Bavaria.

Diana Damrau will be joined by Joseph Calleja on October 24 in a Palace in Malta. The summer and fall concerts also include Roberto Alagna, Piotr Beczała, Angel Blue, Javier Camarena, Lise Davidsen, Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Aleksandra Kurzak, Anna Netrebko, Sondra Radvanovsky, Bryn Terfel, Pretty Yende, and Sonya Yoncheva.

The pay-per-view tickets, priced at $20, go on sale Tuesday, July 14, at noon ET, and will be available for on-demand viewing for twelve days following the live event.

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EuroArts has announced the upcoming DVD release of the 2019 New Year’s Eve Gala from Berlin in which Diana Damrau starred. It also marked her debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker, led by Kirill Petrenko. It is currently available for purchase on Amazon Germany.

The program included 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.

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In her upcoming album “Tudor Queens”, coming out on October , Diana Damrau assumes the crowns of three different Tudor queens, the central characters in operas by Donizetti: Anne Boleyn (Anna Bolena), Mary, Queen of Scots (Maria Stuarda), and Elizabeth I (Roberto Devereux). With Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra and Chorus of Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, she performs the substantial and climactic final scene of each work. When Damrau sang Maria Stuarda at the Zurich Opera, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung wrote: “She commands a voice that seems to have no limits. Her coloratura is stunning, her vocal range impressive, and her dynamic shadings are breath-taking. Damrau is in a class of her own.”

Pre-order your copy today via Amazon and iTunes!

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Harp recital in Zurich

On July 8, Diana Damrau returns to the stage for the reopening of the Opernhaus Zürich after the COVID-19 safety measures were put in place. For this first performance she rejoins her frequent collaborator, harpist Xavier de Maistre, in a recital featuring works by Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Rachmaninov, Liszt, Hahn, Ravel, Renié, and Poulenc.

Since there is reduced seating capacity resulting from the COVID-19 measures, the number of tickets is limited to a maximum of 2 tickets per person, and can be purchased starting on June 18.

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Join Diana Damrau and Emmanuel Villaume, conductor and Music Director at The Dallas Opera, on their new episode of #AskMaestro tomorrow, May 27. Tune-in to their Instagram and their YouTube channel at 1pm CST/2pm EST to watch!

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Join Thomas Hampson in conversation with colleagues, friends, and other major personalities of the classical music world. Every week, Thomas invites a special guest for a discussion around their favourite piece of the classical repertoire. In this episode: Diana Damrau.

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The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino has announced an at home concert featuring some of the world’s greatest opera stars.

The concert takes place on May 1, and will showcase Diana Damrau, Cecilia Bartoli, Vittorio Grigolo, Mikhail Petrenko, Ludovic Tézier, Francesco Meli, Lisette Oropesa, Luca Salsi, Thomas Hampson, Krassimira Stoyanova, Michele Pertusi, Eva Mei, Leo Nucci, Sonya Yoncheva, Fabio Sartori, and Saioa Hernández, among others who have yet to be announced.

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The Metropolitan Opera announced plans today to livestream an At-Home Gala on Saturday, April 25, at 1pm EDT, featuring performances by many of the company’s most prominent artists, live from their own quarantines around the world. Hosted by General Manager Peter Gelb in New York City and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Montreal, the program will be streamed for free on the Met’s website.

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The Metropolitan Opera has canceled the remainder of the 2019–20 season, which was to have ended May 9, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. This includes all performances and Live in HD transmissions. This, unfortunately, includes the run of Maria Stuarda scheduled for April and May. For more information, click here.

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