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, Bavarian State Opera).
Made a Kammersängerin of the Bavarian State Opera in 2007 and awarded 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 twice participated in the annual inaugural performance at La Scala. She has also appeared in contemporary operas written especially for her, including 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.
Following the release of her album Grand Opéra, Diana Damrau was named singer of the year at the 2018 Opus Classic Awards. In February 2018 she appeared alongside tenor Jonas Kaufmann and pianist Helmut Deutsch at the most prestigious concert halls in Europe singing Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch. A live recording was released by Warner/Erato. She also made her debut in the title role in Maria Stuarda at the Zurich Opera in spring 2018 and returned to the Met in December 2018 as Violetta in a new production of La traviata. She has also been artist in residence at the Barbican Centre in London and, as well as giving recitals with Helmut Deutsch, recently performed with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons.
During the 2019/20 season she will continue her successful collaboration with the Orchestra, performing Strauss’s Four Last Songs at various European cultural centres and at Carnegie Hall. She will also give recitals with Antonio Pappano and appear at La Scala in Roméo et Juliette, at the Bavarian State Opera in I masnadieri and at the Met in Maria Stuarda.