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Diana Damrau and bass-baritone Nicolas Testé will travel throughout Europe this month, presenting works by Meyerbeer, Bellini, Massenet, and more at some of the continent’s premiere venues. Emmanuel Villaume leads Prague Philharmonia for the performances which take place on May 16 at the Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall in Prague, Semperoper Dresden (May 21), the ICE Kraków Congress Centre in Poland (May 24) and Munich’s Philharmonie im Gasteig (May 31).

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This spring, Diana Damrau and her husband, bass-baritone Nicolas Testé, present a multi-city concert tour at some of South America’s premiere venues. The duo begins their tour in Fruitillar on April 22 at the Teatro del Lago accompanied by pianist Maciej Pikulski, followed by events in Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colón with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires and conductor Mario Perusso (April 27), and the Mozarteum Brasileiro in São Paulo, with the Orquestra Acadêmica Mozarteum Brasileiro (May 1 & 2). The programme features works by Meyerbeer, Bellini, Verdi, and more.

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In her debut appearance at LA Opera, Diana Damrau will sing Antonia and Stella in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Ms. Damrau reunites with tenor Vittorio Grigolo (Hoffmann) in this production, following their critically acclaimed performances in the title roles of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at The Metropolitan Opera. The cast also features Nicolas Testé as The Four Villains, Kate Lindsey as Nicklausse/Muse, Kate Aldrich as Giulietta, and So Young Park/Liv Redpath as Olympia.

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Following her critically-acclaimed debut as Juliette at The Metropolitan Opera, Diana Damrau returns to The Met stage from February 10-28 to sing Elvira in Bellini’s I Puritani. Ms. Damrau sings the role alongside a tremendous cast, including Javier Camarena (Arturo), Luca Pisaroni (Giorgio), and Alexey Markov (Riccardo). Maurizio Benini leads The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for all performances, which feature a staging by Sandro Sequi.

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Diana Damrau stars as Leïla on a Met Opera / Erato Blu-ray & DVD release of The Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles. The recording is now available for pre-order, and releases worldwide on February 24 (Amazon.com). The cast also features Matthew Polenzani as Nadir, Mariusz Kwiecień is Zurga, and Nicolas Testé sings Nourabad. Maestro Gianandrea Noseda conducts the Met Opera Orchestra for this production, which features a new staging from director Penny Woolcock.

Image: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

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“On Saturday night for its New Year’s Eve gala, the Met introduced a new production of Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette” starring Mr. Grigolo and Ms. Damrau as Shakespeare’s star-crossed adolescent lovers. In scene after scene, these exciting and charismatic artists disappeared into their characters, emboldening each other to sing with white-hot sensuality and impassioned lyricism …

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This season Diana Damrau returns to The Met stage for a series of highly anticipated engagements. The first will highlight Ms. Damrau in her first Metropolitan Opera performances as Juliette in a sumptuous production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, which opens on New Year’s Eve. Diana is joined by tenor Vittorio Grigolo as Roméo, on the heels of their thrilling portrayals in Massenet’s Manon last season, with Maestro Gianandrea Noseda leading from the pit. The production, staged by veteran director Bartlett Sher, has already been seen to great acclaim at the Teatro alla Scala and the Salzburg Festival.

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Diana Damrau debuts as Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, this autumn at the Teatro alla Scala. Ms. Damrau and her colleagues will star in a new production commissioned in honor of the 225th anniversary of Mozart’s death, which will be staged by Frederic Wake-Walker with musical direction by Franz Welser-Möst. Carlos Àlvarez and Simon Keenlyside alternate in the role of Count Almaviva, with Markus Werba as Figaro, and Golda Schultz as Susanna. Performances take place October 26 & 29 and November 8, 10, 16, 19, 24 & 27.

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Diana Damrau joins the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and conductor Kirill Petrenko on an extensive concert tour throughout Europe this fall. They travel to Milan, Lucerne, Paris, Vienna, and several other cities, with a programme featuring Ms. Damrau as soloist on Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), in addition to works by Tchaikovsky, Ligeti, and more. They perform on September 5 at the Teatro alla Scala; September 7 at the Lucerne Festival; September 12 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées; September 13 at the Philharmonie Luxembourg; September 18 at the Musikverein Wien; September 19  & 20 at Munich’s National Theater (sold out); and September 21 at Alte Oper Frankfurt.

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