Diana Damrau’s new album sweeps us off to three capital cities of operetta – Vienna, Berlin, and Paris – in her next recording, made with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester and conductor Ernst Theis. Operette will be released on December 8.
Pre-order the album and enjoy one aria, from Lehár’s Friederike, now on digital platforms here!
Diana Damrau starts her 2023/2024 season at the Festival der Nationen in Bad Wörishofen, where on September 30 she will reunite with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, conductor Pavel Baleff and Tareq Nazmi to sing a program showcasing Mozart and composers of the same era, taking the audience on a journey into the Classical period. They will reprise this program on October 8 at Bulgaria Hall, this time accompanied by the Sofia Philharmonic and Nicolas Testé.
After making her Festival de Peralada debut in 2015 with a recital at the Església del Carme, Diana Damrau returns to the same stage on July 29 with “Amor i vida”. Together with French bass Nicolas Testé and renowned pianist Helmut Deutsch, they will perform works by Duparc, Strauss, Gounod, Donizetti, Bellini and Léhar, among others, to offer an inspiring journey through opera, operetta, as well as Lieder and songs.
They will reprise this program at the Festival de Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche on August 4, with pianist Ramon Théobald.
Diana Damrau has once again been nominated for her exceptional achievements in the classical music genre in the Singer of the Year category of the Opus Klassik Awards for her most recent album, “My Christmas“.
The 2023 award winners will be selected by a nine-member jury and announced in autumn 2023. The award ceremony will take place the weekend of October 6 – 8 in Berlin.
This May, Diana Damrau returns to Asia with the Kings & Queens of Opera program, an enthralling evening of bel canto and verismo music, joined by bass Nicolas Testé and conductor Pavel Baleff.
They will be accompanied by local orchestras in each city, performing with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra at Esplanade Concert Hall, the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra at Taipei National Concert Hall, the KBS Symphony Orchestra at Lotte Concert Hall and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at Suntory Hall.
At the Hong Kong Cultural Centre she will sing a recital titled All for Love, alongside Nicolas Testé and pianist Mathieu Pordoy, featuring a program of Lieder, French song, operetta, and opera arias and duets. For a full list of dates and locations, see the list below:
On March 30 and March 31 Ms Damrau revisits the role of Countess Madeleine, singing the final scene of Richard Strauss’ Capriccio. With Cristian Măcelaru on the podium, she will perform at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne. The full program also features two of the most beautiful orchestral pieces in the repertoire: The Tombeau resplendissant by Messiaen and Tchaikovsky’s Symphonie pathétique.
Due to illness, Ms Damrau has withdrawn from the Berlin performances.
Diana Damrau starts her 2023 performances in Berlin, where she’ll sing the final scene from Richard Strauss’ “Capriccio” and three of his Lieder with an orchestral accompaniment: Ständchen op. 17/2, Wiegenlied op. 41/1 and Morgen op. 27/4. The Staatskapelle Berlin, led by Cristian Măcelaru, will also perform Bartók’s “The Wooden Prince” in the second part of the program. The two concerts will take place on January 9 and 10.
She will then travel to Naples to sing the soprano solo in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at Teatro Politeama on January 20 and 22. The other soloists will be Edna Prochnik, Bernard Richter and Ludovic Tézier, with Dan Ettinger on the podium.
At 7:15 pm CET on Christmas Eve, Diana Damrau will be featured on ZDF with her colleague Jonas Kaufmann at St. Annenkirche in Annaberg-Buchholz, a magnificent backdrop for a festive Christmas concert. The colourful programme includes traditional Christmas carols, classical and baroque music, and jazz and pop sounds, and will be accompanied by the Erzgebirgische Philharmonie Aue conducted by Jens Georg Bachmann.
Also featured are bass René Pape, British pianist Alexis Ffrench, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the Norwegian singer Rebekka Bakken and TikTok and Instagram star Sophie – and as musical representatives of the Ore Mountains, the “Frisch Glück” and the youth choir of the Evangelische SchulGemeinschaft Erzgebirge.
Diana Damrau has a busy Christmas season ahead of her. She will make several TV appearances, starting with an interview on November 29, LIVE on ZDF Morgenmagazin, from around 8:20 until 8:50 am CET. The concert recorded at the Frauenkirche Dresden on November 26 will be broadcast on December 11 from 5:55 pm CET on ZDF (the concert is available to watch online until December 11). On December 18, she will be featured on Bayerischer Rundfunk TV in a 15-minute portrait segment titled “Advent and Christmas with Diana Damrau”, where she will take us to her hometown of Günzburg, to talk about her childhood memories and what is particularly important to her at Christmas time as a mother of two children. This segment will air at 6:45 pm CET. Lastly, on December 24, she will be part of ZDF’s “Christmas with Jonas Kaufmann”, recorded at St. Annenkirche in Annaberg-Buchholz.
Her Christmas tour, in which she’ll sing excerpts from her newly released album “My Christmas“, will allow audiences to share in the joy of the season. To purchase tickets for the performance closest to you, check below.