News - The latest about Diana’s engagements and recordings

 

Diana Damrau and Richard Strauss – that is a magical combination of music, singing and language. Under the baton of Jérémie Rhorer, the star soprano presented songs by Richard Strauss together with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen on September 4, 2021, followed by the “Metamorphosen” in “Der Glocke” Bremen.

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This digital EP Christmas pre-release features three tracks from an album that the dazzling soprano Diana Damrau has recorded with the dynamic conductor Riccardo Minasi and the NDR Radiophilharmonie. Their complete programme of Christmas music will be released in Autumn 2022. In the meantime, this EP brings together César Franck’s floating, but fervent ‘Panis Angelicus’, an aria from Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio) – the lilting ‘Flößt mein Heiland’ with its delightful echo effects – and, from Handel’s Messiah, the exuberant ‘Erwach, frohlocke, o Tochter von Zion’ (‘Rejoice greatly’ in the original English).

Purchase the digital tracks on Amazon or iTunes! Stream now on IDAGIO.

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Diana Damrau returns to the Opernhaus Zürich next month to make her much awaited debut as the title role of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, the second of Donizetti’s Tudor queens trilogy to take the stage in Zurich, following the 2018 production of Maria Stuarda, in which Ms. Damrau also portrayed the queen (“Damrau was musically and dramatically magnificent… her limpid soft singing and seemingly limitless breath control were extraordinary.” – Operawire).

At her side is Luca Pisaroni as King Henry VIII and Karine Deshayes as Anne’s rival, Jane Seymour. The production is in the hands of American stage director David Alden, and Enrique Mazzolla, a noted expert in Italian bel canto repertoire, is once again at the podium of the Philharmonia Zürich. The performances take place from December 5 until January 13.

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Diana Damrau reprises her Lieder and Spanish songs program on October 12 at Wigmore Hall, with pianist Maciej Pikulski by her side on this occasion. For her second recital at the Opéra National de Bordeaux on October 17, Helmut Deutsch will accompany her once again.

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Royal Affairs tour

Diana Damrau joins Nicolas Testé once again in a tour of their Royal Affairs program, in which they sing arias and duets by Kings and Queens in opera. They start on September 25 at Antwerp’s Koningin Elisabethzaal, going on to the Festival der Nationen in Bad Wörishofen on October 2, the Dmitry Hvorostovsky Festival on October 24, and singing the last concert of the tour on October 31 at the Konzerthaus Dortmund. Pavel Baleff leads both the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and the Münchner Rundfunkorchester.

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Edit: Due to illness, Ms. Damrau has sadly had to withdraw from this performance.

The inaugural concert of the Opéra de Paris will take place at Palais Garnier on September 22 and feature an anthology of opera excerpts. Diana Damrau will sing two characters she’s never sung before: she’ll sing the Marschallin in the Act III trio and final duet of Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier with Sabine Devieilhe as Sophie and Ekaterina Gubanova as Octavian, and Alice in the final scene from Verdi’s Falstaff, with Gerald Finley in the title role, Sabine Devieilhe as Nanetta, Marie-Andrée Bouchard-Lesieur as Meg, Clémentine Margaine as Quickly, Matthew Polenzani as Fenton, Tobias Westman as Bardolfo, Kiup Lee as Dr. Cajus, Timothée Varon as Ford and Aaron Pendleton as Pistola.

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Strauss Concert Tour

Next month, Diana Damrau will once again delight audiences with her rendition of some of Richard Strauss’ most beloved Lieder: “Das Rosenband”, “Ständchen”, “Freundliche Vision”, “Wiegenlied”, “Zueignung”, and “Allerseelen”. She’ll start her tour in Bremen’s Die Glocke on September 4, followed by the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg on September 7, the Enescu Festival on September 12, the Philharmonie de Luxembourg on September 16 and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées on September 18.

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Photo: Rebecca Fay

Diana Damrau will perform at this year’s Europäischen Kulturpreisgala on August 28 at the Bonn Opera House. Also on stage that evening will be trumpet player Till Brönner, the Scorpions, singer Katie Melua, actors Tobias Moretti, Hannes Jaenicke and Jan Josef Liefers, entrepreneur Nico Rosberg, actress, model and fair-fashion-ambassador Barbara Meier, as well as entrepreneur and Olympic champion in figure skating Katarina Witt. The event will be presented by the soprano Annette Dasch and culture journalist Axel Brüggemann.

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The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert on August 11 is a spectacular audio-visual production featuring Diana Damrau and Nicolas Testé under the baton of José Cura.

Filmed at the iconic Fort St. Elmo in Valletta, this online production features music from opera and musical theatre, from composers such as Gershwin, Bellini, Offenbach, Verdi, and Rossini among others. The star-studded line-up also includes young Maltese artists Marvic Monreal and Charles Buttigieg. Watch it on the MPO’s YouTube channel on August 11 at 9 pm CET/3 pm EDT. Grand Finale will also be broadcast on TVM on Friday 13th August at 9pm CET.

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