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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, 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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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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Diana Damrau returns to Munich on July 30 to partake in an extraordinary gala at the Bayerische Staatsoper. She will sing “Porgi, amor”, Countess Almaviva’s cavatina from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, with Ivor Bolton leading the orchestra. Many other opera stars will be featured in this gala, including Elīna Garanča, Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Marlis Petersen, Nina Stemme and Bryn Terfel, among others.

Although the concert is already sold out, this performance will be broadcast live online via Staatsoper.TV.

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Recorded in October of 2020, the soprano-tenor pair perform popular arias and duets from the Royal Palace of Caserta, Italy, including works by Verdi, Bizet, Rossini and others. Soprano Angel Blue hosts. This concert airs on Friday, August 6 on PBS (check local listings).

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On July 29, Diana Damrau performs a new program, « Vivre ou Périr d’Amour », at Ménerbes’ Les Musicales du Luberon with bass Nicolas Testé, soprano Lise Nougier, and conductor Debora Waldman, who leads the Orchestre national Avignon Provence. The audience will be treated to some of the most beloved overtures, arias and duets by Mozart, Bellini, Mascagni, Puccini, Verdi, Bizet, Delibes, and Tchaikovsky.

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Diana Damrau will be in Malta this weekend to record a concert with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra that will be broadcast on television at a later date.

She will be joined by her husband, bass Nicola Testé, as well as Maltese mezzo-soprano Marvic Monreal and young baritone Charles Buttigieg. José Cura will lead the orchestra.

This production will feature as part of the MPO’s Online Programme. Release dates for online and TV distribution will be announced shortly on the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra’s website.

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