Biography

Diana Damrau

Current as of July 2018

Soprano Diana Damrau has been performing on the world’s leading opera and concert stages for two decades. Her repertoire includes the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor (La Scala, Milan, the Bavarian State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), Manon (the Vienna State Opera, the Met) and La traviata (La Scala, the Met, Covent Garden, the Paris Opéra, Munich) and the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte (the Met, the Salzburg Festival, Vienna, Covent Garden).

Made Kammersängerin of the Bavarian State Opera in 2007 and holder of the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art in 2010, Diana Damrau has close links with the Bavarian State Opera. She also performed various signature roles at the Met, which have been broadcast to cinemas worldwide. She was the first singer in Met history to appear as both Pamina and the Queen of the Night in different performances of the same run of Die Zauberflöte. Diana Damrau has also twice participated in the annual inaugural performance at La Scala. Furthermore, she has appeared in contemporary operas written especially for her, including in the main role in Iain Bell’s A Harlot’s Progress at the Theater an der Wien in 2013 and in Lorin Maazel’s 1984 at Covent Garden in 2005.

Diana Damrau is one of today’s most sought-after interpreters of song, enjoying a close artistic partnership with pianist Helmut Deutsch. She also frequently performs in recital with harpist Xavier de Maistre as featured on their CD Nuit d’étoiles and a DVD of a performance from the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden.

Recording exclusively for Warner/Erato, Diana Damrau made her debut on disc with Arie di Bravura, a collection of Mozart and Salieri arias. Subsequent releases include Donna, featuring Mozart arias, COLORaturaS, with a selection of coloratura arias from the Romantic period, Poesie, with orchestral songs by Richard Strauss, which was awarded the Echo Klassik Prize in 2011, and songs by Franz Liszt. Forever, featuring highlights from operetta, film and musical theatre, was awarded the Echo Klassik Prize in 2014, followed by the release of Fiamma del Belcanto.

In September 2017 Diana Damrau opened the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s season. She also appeared at a gala marking the reopening of the Berlin State Opera with the Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. In December 2017 she performed in a Christmas concert with the Staatskapelle Dresden and Christian Thielemann, which was broadcast on ZDF, followed by an invitation to appear at the 2018 Dresden Opera Ball.

She recently toured her new album Grand Opera throughout Europe and Asia and in February 2018 appeared alongside Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch performing Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch in Berlin, London, Paris, Luxembourg and Vienna. This season she also made her debut in the title role in Maria Stuarda at the Zurich Opera.

This summer she appears at the BBC Proms in the world premiere of Iain Bell’s Aurora, a concerto for coloratura soprano. During the 2018/19 season she will return to the Paris Opéra as Marguerite de Valois (Les Huguenots), to the Met as Violetta in a new production of La traviata and to Covent Garden for Faust. Diana Damrau will also be artist in residence at the Barbican Centre in London, appearing in recital with Helmut Deutsch and in concert with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda, as well as with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons.

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