On April 8, Diana Damrau makes her debut as Marguerite in Faust, Gounod’s most popular opera. David McVicar’s stunning Parisian production also features Michael Fabiano in the title role and Erwin Schrott as Méphistophélès. The performances take place at the Royal Opera House from April 8 – 30 with Dan Ettinger on the podium.
This is Ms. Damrau’s second role debut this spring, after singing Ophélie in Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet in Barcelona. She already sung Marguerite’s most famous aria, the Jewel Song (Ah! je ris de me voir si belle en ce miroir), for Munich audiences at the Klassik am Odeonsplatz last summer.
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.
After her last performance of La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera on December 29, Diana Damrau returns to Europe to sing her first performance of the year at London’s Barbican Hall on January 16. Her frequent collaborator pianist Helmut Deutsch accompanies her in what promises to be a magical evening of Lieder, with a programme comprised of Liszt, Wolf and Strauss.
She then flies to Munich, where she joins the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons to perform Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs) on January 24 and 25. They all travel back to London on January 26, where Ms. Damrau encores Strauss’ beloved song cycle at Barbican Hall.
In her latest album, Diana Damrau joins Jonas Kaufmann and master pianist Helmut Deutsch in Hugo Wolf’s multi-faceted Italienisches Liederbuch, which they toured in early 2018 across 12 cities around Europe. “One couldn’t ask for more,” wrote the Telegraph after their London concert, which took place two days before this live recording was made in the German city of Essen.
This album is available for pre-order via this link and will be available for purchase on January 11, 2019.
Aria Code debuts on December 4 with an episode dedicated to Verdi’s La Traviata – a new production of which also opens that night at the Met. Diana Damrau, who stars in the title role, discusses performing Violetta’s spectacular Act I finale, “È strano … Sempre libera,” and the deep inner conflicts around love, stability, and freedom that the music explores.
Aria Code will be available at AriaCode.org, Apple Podcasts, PocketCasts, and all other platforms where podcasts are available. New episodes will be released weekly through February 6.
This holiday season, Diana Damrau returns to the Metropolitan Opera as the tragic heroine of La Traviata in Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Ms. Damrau last collaborated with Michael Mayer in his production of Rigoletto.
Diana Damrau has been awarded Opus Klassik‘s Singer of the Year for her Meyerbeer album!
The Opus Klassik, a new award for classical music, will be awarded for the first time at the Konzerthaus Berlin on Sunday, October 14. Ms. Damrau will perform alongside some of the other award winners, including Juan Diego Flórez, with whom she will star in a new production of La Traviata later this year at the Metropolitan Opera.
On July 13, Ms. Damrau sings a concert at Munich’s Klassik am Odeonsplatz, with violinist Radoslaw Szulc and conductor Cristian Măcelaru. Her part of the program features Manon’s aria “Suis-je gentille ainsi?… Je marche sur tous les chemins” and “Ah! Je ris de me voir si belle en ce miroir!” from Gounod’s Faust. This concert is scheduled for LIVE broadcast via BR-Klassik.
Afterwards, she continues her VERDIssimo tour with Nicolas Testé. Their last two performances are on July 18 in Ljubljana and on July 22 in Regensburg. “She was able to thrill with her firm high coloratura notes as well as move through intense expressiveness”, ConcertoNet raved about their Istanbul concert.
She then returns to Munich, where she’ll star in two sold-out performances of Verdi’s La Traviata on July 25 and 28. Violetta has become one of her signature roles. Opera News described her rendition as “remarkably detailed” and “beautifully sung”.
For a sold-out performance, on August 3, Diana Damrau joins Jonas Kaufmann at the Salzburg Festival to reprise their successful rendition of Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch.