Reviews

 

“Damrau is a diva in the best possible sense… Damrau’s voice, with its metallic shine, has undeniable presence, but it is her dramatic eloquence that turns it into a kind of sonic searchlight. She showed impressive control, tapering and filling out her sound at will, relishing the trills and carving delicate ornamentation. Never just for effect, however, but always guided by the words. Everything about Damrau is heartfelt and unfiltered.”

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“As she did two years ago, Diana Damrau sang the role of Lucia. It was again a triumph for her: she is the great Lucia of the twenty-first century and, in my opinion, one of the greatest of all time. Diana Damrau is no longer the light soprano of 10 or 12 years ago, and she has been eliminating characters like Zerbinetta or The Queen of the Night from her repertoire. She has become a lyrical soprano with an excellent middle range and maintains her spectacular vocal technique. To this one must add that she is a real actress, who gives a lot of life to the characters she plays. Her Lucia di Lammermoor reminds one of Maria Callas and her ilk, not of the many light sopranos who have interpreted the role … a great performance by a great artist.”

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“So singt sie auch, lebt in der Musik mit allen lyrischen und dramatischen Facetten, bleibt selbst in den perfekten Koloraturen ungekünstelt, gibt tiefe Einblicke in die Frauenrollen. Im Erfassen und Durchdringen der Figur ist sie authentisch, nicht in der Selbstdarstellung. ”

Dietrich Mack – Baden Online

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“The German soprano, along with her husband, Nicolas Testé, gave an excellent concert and received an ovation …

Damrau (who made three outfit changes) was overcome with emotion by the welcome ovation for “Una voce poco fa” from Rossini’s ‘Barber,’ showing a freshness and spontaneity that immediately conquered the audience. And in “Nobles seigneurs” from ‘Les huguenots’ and “Ombre légère” of ‘Dinorah’ both from Meyerbeer, the German continued to exhibit her spark, agility and perfect diction.”

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This glorious new album finds Diana Damrau in sparkling, top-notch form. The exacting demands that Meyerbeer makes on the soprano voice are shrugged off by a diva in her prime.

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“Diana Damrau at the Teatro del Lago de Frutillar. A soprano with extraordinary vocal ability, technically perfect both in expression and in stylistic adaptation, is both an artist with a very great dramatic impression and an interpreter that completely delivered in each performance …”

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“… Damrau, as the frail Antonia who sings herself to death, showed no signs of frailty as she sang herself to death with gusto. She also took the very minor role of Stella in the prologue and epilogue.”

Mark Swed – Los Angeles Times

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The acclaimed German soprano Diana Damrau met her future husband, French bass-baritone Nicolas Testé, in a Munich church 13 years ago while performing Jean Francaix’s oratorio, “L’Apocalypse Selon.”

“It was a heaven-and-hell orchestra, a heaven-and-hell chorus, and Nicolas sang Christ,” Damrau said, adding “my redeemer” with a laugh.

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“As the emotionally unstable Elvira, a young Puritan woman in 17th-century England, Ms. Damrau sang with gleaming sound, volatile intensity and fearless execution of florid coloratura runs.”

Anthony Tommasini – The New York Times

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