Diana Damrau
Soprano

Season 18/19 Artist
© Jiyan Chen

Diana Damrau was born in Germany and made her debut at the Salzburg Festival 2001 where she appeared as the Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Blonde and Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Fauno (Ascanio in Alba) and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro). She has performed at many of the great opera venues, including the New York Metropolitan Opera (Les Pêcheurs de perles, I puritani, Roméo et Juliette and Manon Lescaut), the Vienna Staatsoper (Les Pêcheurs de perles and Manon Lescaut), London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Turin’s Teatro Regio, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Lucia di Lammermoor), Berlin’s Deutsche Oper, the Chorégies d’Orange Festival (La Traviata), Milan’s La Scala and the Bayerische Staatsoper (Le nozze di Figaro and Lucia di Lammermoor). Diana Damrau expanded her repertoire with the roles of Philine (Mignon) and Elvira (I puritani) in Geneva and sang the title role of Linda di Chamounix in Barcelona, the three soprano roles in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Bayerische Staatsoper, the title role in Salieri’s L’Europa riconosciuta at La Scala in Milan (2004) and she performed in the world premiere of Lorin Maazel’s 1984 at the Royal Opera House in London. She is a regular guest at New York's Metropolitan Opera, where she sang both her first Pamina and her last Queen of the Night in 2007, and then, in 2013, her debut in La Traviata, followed by the role of Amina (La Sonnambula) in 2014. Since then, she has appeared in La Traviata at Milan’s La Scala, the Paris Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper, London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Zurich Opera. She has also performed at a number of gala concerts (in Prague, Amsterdam, Baden-Baden, Geneva, Munich, Frankfurt, and Vienna) and she has given recitals (in Vienna, Milan, Madrid, Paris and Graz). She records exclusively for EMI / Virgin Classics (Erato) and has released several solo albums with the label: Arie di bravura, Donna, Coloraturas, Poesie (Echo Klassic 2011), and Forever (featuring songs from operettas, films and Broadway musicals). Her recital with pianist Helmut Deutsch and harpist Xavier de Maistre was recorded on CD (Nuit d’étoiles) and DVD (Baden-Baden Festival). She was also named “Singer of the Year” by Opernwelt magazine in 2008 and “Best Female Singer” at the International Opera Awards in 2014. In 2007, she was honoured with the title of “Kammersängerin” at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.