Diana Damrau continues to amaze audiences with
her unique voice and arresting stage presence. A regular guest at the most renowned opera
companies and concert halls, she was awarded the title Bayerische Kammersängerin in 2007
and, in 2008, was named Singer of the Year by Opernwelt magazine.
During the 2014-2015 season, Ms. Damrau performs a broad range of repertoire on both
operatic and concert stages. She begins the season at the Theater an der Wien, where she
stars in a new production of Bizet's Les pêcheurs de perles, followed by her
return to the Bavarian State Opera for a new production of Donizetti's Lucia di
Lammermoor, a role she reprises for Milan's Teatro alla Scala later in the season. She
sings Manon at the Metropolitan Opera and Adina in L'elisir d'amore for
Zurich Opera before returning to Baden-Baden as the Countess in concert performances of
Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. She also appears in concert in Prague, Amsterdam,
Geneva, Munich, Frankfurt, and Vienna, and in recital in Vienna, Milan, Madrid, Paris, and
A beloved artist at the Met, Ms. Damrau has returned to New York every year since 2005,
tackling Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Rosina (Il barbiere
diSiviglia), Aithra (Die ägyptische Helena), Konstanze (Die
Entführung aus demSerail), Gilda (Rigoletto), Lucia (Lucia di
Lammermoor), Marie (La fille durégiment), Adèle (Le comte
Ory), and Adina (L'elisir d'amore); she also caused a sensation by singing
both her first Pamina and her last Queen of the Night in a 2007 run of Die
Zauberflöte. In Europe, she has close ties with the Salzburg Festival, where her 2001
debut was followed by appearances as Queen of the Night, Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem
Serail), Fauno (Ascanio in Alba), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), and
a solo recital in 2014.
Ms. Damrau has established herself as one of today's finest lieder singers and gives
recitals with such pianists as Helmut Deutsch, Julius Drake, and Matthias Lademann at
renowned venues that include Berlin's Philharmonie, Vienna's Musikverein, London's Wigmore
Hall, the Salzburg Festival, and the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. Her extraordinary musical
partnership with harpist Xavier de Maistre is documented on CD, entitled Nuit
d'étoiles, and on a recital DVD released in 2013.
A native of Günzburg, Germany, Ms. Damrau studied voice with Carmen Hanganu at the
Hochschule für Musik Würzburg and with Hanna Ludwig in Salzburg.