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Today’s Memory – Diana Damrau

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Diana Damrau

born 31 May 1971, Günzburg, Bavaria


Diana Damrau is a German soprano opera singer. She is a Kammersängerin of the Bavarian State Opera.

The Queen of the Night from Mozart’s The Magic Flute has been Damrau’s most frequently performed role to date, as she has been engaged to perform it in over 15 productions at houses including Covent Garden, the Salzburg Festival, the Vienna State Opera, Oper Frankfurt and the Bavarian State Opera, Munich. Damrau made Metropolitan Opera history in the 2007/2008 season by appearing as both Pamina and Queen of the Night in different performances of the same run.

Mozart – The Magic Flute Queen of the Night aria

Another notable engagement was her portrayal of all four heroines in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann in a new production at the Bavarian State Opera in October 2011. Other coloratura roles in her repertoire include Zerbinetta, Lucia, Elvira, Rosina, Gilda, Adina, Marie, Linda and Aminta. She also performs roles in the lyric repertoire including Manon, Donna Anna, Gretel, Susanna and Pamina.

Verdi – Rigoletto Caro Nome

As well as performing in operas, Damrau is a regular on the concert stage. She has performed Lieder repertoire at Vienna’s Musikverein, at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, La Scala, the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, Austria, the Kissinger Sommer and both the Munich and Salzburg Festivals. Her concert repertoire includes Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor, Requiem and Exsultate, jubilate as well as Handel’s Messiah. She has performed with such esteemed conductors as James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Sir Colin Davis, Christoph von Dohnányi, Leonard Slatkin, Pierre Boulez, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Jesús López-Cobos.

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