OPERA NEWS Editor-in-Chief F. Paul Driscoll has announced the recipients of the fifteenth annual OPERA NEWS Awards, which include Diana Damrau, Thomas Allen, Javier Camarena, Ana María Martinez, and Anthony Roth Costanzo.
This year’s honorees will receive their awards in a black-tie gala event set for April, 5, 2020 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
In November, Diana Damrau joins legendary conductor Mariss Jansons and Sir Antonio Pappano in performing Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder.
The concerts with Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Cologne, Antwerp and New York, also include in the program Strauss’ Four Symphonic Interludes from Intermezzo and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, as well as a selection of other Strauss Lieder that won’t be included in the Carnegie Hall performance.
For her performance with Maestro Pappano in Amsterdam, she sings Vier letzte Lieder in addition to selections by Rossini, Bizet, Wagner, and Berg.
See below for a full list of dates and locations.
Warner Classics’s recording of Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch, featuring Diana Damrau and Jonas Kaufmann with Helmut Deutsch at the piano, has been shortlisted for a 2019 Gramophone Classical Music Awards: Solo Vocal.
The Awards ceremony takes place in London at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms on October 16. Individual tickets and tables for the ceremony are available to purchase here.
Presented with Apple Music, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute’s Polska Music programme and Medici TV, this year’s Awards Ceremony will be streamed live from the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms by Medici TV at 6.30pm (UK time).
Radio Romania is scheduled to broadcast Diana’s Lieder recital with harpist Xavier de Maistre on September 1 and her concert with Gianandrea Noseda on September 3 LIVE from the Enescu Festival.
During the broadcast of the recital from the Romanian Athenaeum the listeners will be treated to the program she has been touring around Europe, which includes Lieder by Felix Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, Vlasov, Hahn and Poulenc, as well as two pieces by Liszt and Debussy, arranged for solo harp by de Maistre himself. Tune in at 16:30 EEST / 9:30 am EDT.
For the concert with maestro Gianandrea Noseda and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Sala Palatului, she premieres Iain Bell’s The Hidden Place, a song cycle written for her by the British composer; and sings the final scene of Richard Strauss’ Capriccio. This concert can be heard at 20:00 EEST / 1 pm EDT.
Follow this link to check the program and listen LIVE to Radio Romania. The September 1 program will also be recorded and available for archived listening here.
Diana Damrau rejoins harpist Xavier de Maistre for the second leg of their Lieder tour. This time, they perform at the Salzburger Festspiele on August 22, the Schubertiade Schwanzenberg on August 30, Bucharest on September 1 and Bremen on September 7. The program includes music by Mendelssohn, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Vlasov, Hahn, Renié and Poulenc.
This summer, Diana Damrau reprises the role of Ophélie in Berlin, for three concert performances on June 24, 27 and 29. This time, she’s joined by Florian Sempey in the title role, Ève-Maud Hubeaux as Gertrude and Nicolas Testé as Claudius, with conductor Yves Abel on the podium.
This spring, Diana Damrau joins her frequent collaborator Xavier de Maistre on another Liederabend tour, in which they interpret pieces by Mendelssohn, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Vlasov, Hahn, Ravel, Renié and Poulenc.
May 10 Baden-Baden
May 12 Oslo
May 14 Dortmund
May 18 Vienna
May 22 Barcelona
May 24 Bad Kissingen
Premiering in the US on Friday, April 5 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), with an encore on Sunday, April 7 at 12 p.m, season 13 of Great Performances at the Met comes to primetime with Verdi’s masterpiece La Traviata. Conducted by new Metropolitan Opera music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the opera stars Diana Damrau in the pinnacle soprano role of Violetta alongside Juan Diego Flórez as her hapless lover Alfredo and Quinn Kelsey as his father Germont.
Diana Damrau makes her role debut as Ophélie in Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet in two concert version performances on March 7 and 10 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
This unusual and much appreciated Hamlet, which features a semi-happy ending, is an excellent exponent of French lyric drama, whose works are midway between grand opéra and Romantic bel canto. Thomas has bequeathed us a score rich in nuances and dramatic plot developments, including a madness aria for Ophélie. Carlos Álvarez sings the title role, Nicolas Testé is Claudius and Celso Albelo is Laërte. Daniel Oren conducts Liceu’s orchestra and chorus.
The performance on March 7 is scheduled for broadcast via Catalunya Música and RNE.