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For her first concert with an orchestra and a live audience since the pandemic measures started, Diana Damrau and Nicolas Testé come together on the stage of the Sintra Festival on June 10, with Pavel Baleff conducting the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, for an evening of arias and duets featuring royal characters in Italian and French romantic opera.

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Yesterday, German Minister of Culture Bernd Sibler presented the international opera star Diana Damrau with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in a ceremony that took place in Munich. The singer, who comes from the Swabian town of Günzburg and is celebrated worldwide, received this prestigious award from Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier for her cultural and social contributions.

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On June 1, Diana Damrau joins pianist Helmut Deutsch once again, this time at the Wiener Staatsoper, to sing a recital of Lieder and Spanish songs, featuring works by Clara and Robert Schumann, Enrique Granados, Fernando Obradors, Joaquín Turina and Richard Strauss. Their last two performances, in Baden-Baden and Essen, were livestreamed; this concert will be performed with a live audience in the theatre. She will also perform at the new season announcement of the Wiener Staatsoper on June 3.

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“What I always do in Lieder recitals when I put the programs together is plan a journey to take the audience on,” says Diana Damrau. After her acclaimed evening in February 2018, when she joined Jonas Kaufmann and pianist Helmut Deutsch to interpret Hugo Wolff’s “Italian Songbook,” the international opera diva returns to Essen to indulge her love of intimate piano song with a new selection. Mini-dramas are to be expected, which the soprano will shape into musical events with her rich vocal color palette and nuanced text interpretation. Helmut Deutsch, who has been accompanying Diana Damrau for 15 years, will also be present this time as a masterful, sophisticated accompanist.

The program includes works by Clara Schumann, Enrique Granados, Fernando Obradors, Joaquín Turina, Richard Strauss and Robert Schumann. After the live broadcast on May 14, the concert will be available until June 11, 2021.

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Diana Damrau returns the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus on April 3. Joined by Helmut Deutsch at the piano, she will be interpreting Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben and songs by Clara and Robert Schumann as well as by Richard Strauss, and also bringing a Mediterranean flair to the Festspielhaus stage and home devices with Spanish melodies.

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EDIT: This recital tour has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Ms Damrau and Mr. Deutsch will perform this program on April 3 in Baden-Baden which will be available as a free livestream.

Diana Damrau takes on a short recital tour around Europe at the end of March. Initially, this tour also included performances in Bordeaux and New York, but unfortunately these have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

The first recital takes place at the Theater Essen on March 26, followed by her appearance at the Wiener Staatsoper on March 29, and lastly, at Wigmore Hall on April 7.

Pianist Helmut Deutsch, who has accompanied Diana Damrau for 15 years, will be by her side once more. The program features Lieder by Franz Schubert, Richard Strauss and others, as well as Spanish songs.

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Edit: Due to the current COVID-19 regulations, Ms. Damrau is unable to travel to Berlin. Soprano Camilla Nylund will replace her.

On February 27, Diana Damrau will be back on your screens thanks to the Digital Concert Hall!

The program stars with three contrasting musical worlds, “The Golden Twenties”: Hindemith’s Neues vom Tage, Busoni’s Tanz-Walzer for orchestra and Johann Strauss jr.’s Künstlerleben, after which Ms. Damrau will sing Lieder by Richard Strauss: Das Rosenband, Ständchen, Freundliche Vision, Wiegenlied, Allerseelen, Zueignung and Morgen. To end the evening, the Rundfunkchor Berlin will sing Richard Strauss’ Die Tageszeiten.

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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.

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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.).

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