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Diana Damrau

  • Soprano


Diana Damrau posseses an extensive repertoire that spans the Italian and French Fachs (Gilda/"Rigoletto", Rosina/"Il Barbiere di Siviglia", Leila/"Les pêcheurs de perles"), to the full lyric roles of the German repertoire, as well as contemporary works (Cerha's "Der Riese vom Steinfeld" at the Vienna State Opera, Maazel's "1984" at Covent Garden).
In December 2004, she sang the title role in Salieri's "L'Europa riconosciuta" at the grand re-opening of La Scala under the direction of Riccardo Muti, where she returned in October 2007 to sing a recital of Salieri, Verdi and Strauss songs. As a highly sought-after interpreter of Mozart and Strauss roles, she can be heard as Konstanze (Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, the Met New York 2008), Queen of the Night (Munich, Covent Garden, Salzburg Festival, the Met New York), Susanna (La Scala, Vienna, Salzburg Festival, Munich) Zdenka (Munich), Sophie (Dresden, Munich, Vienna), Zerbinetta (Dresden, Vienna, Covent Garden, the Met New York) and Aithra/"Die ägyptische Helena" (the Met New York).
Being in great demand as a Lied singer, Diana is a regular guest of both the Kissinger Sommer festival and Schubertiade, Schwarzenberg. She has also appeared in this capacity at Carnegie Hall and both the Munich and Salzburg Festivals. Diana Damrau made her debut at the Salzburg Opera Festival in 2002 as Queen of the Night, returning in subsequent seasons to sing both Blonde and Konstanze in "Die Entführung aus dem Serail".
She featured in Salzburg's Mozart celebrations of 2006 as Queen of the Night in the new Pierre Audi production of "Die Zauberflöte" and returned in 2007 to sing the role of Susanna in "Le Nozze di Figaro" which she has also performed at the Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera - Munich, and La Scala - Milan.
Diana also appeared in two new productions at the Metropolitan Opera, New York in the 2006/2007 season, namely Strauss' "Die ägyptische Helena" as Aithra and in Rossini's "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" as Rosina. In November 2007, Diana takes to the Met stage again in "Die Zauberflöte" where she will perform both her first Pamina and her final Queen of the Night.
Having already recorded selections of her Lied repertoire with both the Orfeo and Telos labels, Diana has signed an exclusive recording contract with Virgin / EMI. Her first release will be a selection of Mozart, Salieri and Righini arias ("Arie di bravura") to be released in November 2007.