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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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