Diana Damrau News

ROMEO AND JULIET to Launch Royal Opera House's Live Cinema 2015-16 SeasonROMEO AND JULIET to Launch Royal Opera House's Live Cinema 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2015

The Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season 2015/16 is the most ambitious to date. Six ballets and six operas, including five new productions, will be screened in over 1,000 cinemas across 45 countries allowing audiences in the US to experience more opera and ballet from the Royal Opera House than ever before. (more...)

San Francisco Opera to Open 93rd Season This Fall with Gala Performance of LUISA MILLERSan Francisco Opera to Open 93rd Season This Fall with Gala Performance of LUISA MILLER
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

San Francisco Opera celebrates the opening of its 93rd Season on Friday, September 11, 2015 with a gala performance of Verdi's Luisa Miller, conducted by Company Music Director Nicola Luisotti and featuring an international cast, led by soprano Leah Crocetto, tenor Michael Fabiano and baritone Vitaliy Bilyy. (more...)

Australian Conductor to Lead Stellar ASO Leadership TeamAustralian Conductor to Lead Stellar ASO Leadership Team
by Barry Lenny - Apr 17, 2015

For the first time in almost 30 years, an Australian conductor is to lead a major Australian symphony orchestra. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Briana Hunter of LA TRAGEDIE DE CARMEN at Opera In The HeightsBWW Interviews: Briana Hunter of LA TRAGEDIE DE CARMEN at Opera In The Heights
by Bryan-Keyth Wilson - Mar 27, 2015

When doing an interview with an artist I am in awe of their love and dedication for their craft. This month I had the pleasure to meet American mezzo-soprano Briana Hunter and our conversation went from traditional interview to old friends talking about their love for the classics. Our mutual love for Bizet's masterpiece CARMEN and love for Audra McDonald made this interview go very quickly. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Daredevil Damrau and Glorious Grigolo Make MANON Sizzle at the MetBWW Reviews: Daredevil Damrau and Glorious Grigolo Make MANON Sizzle at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Mar 13, 2015

Soprano Diana Damrau did another of her high-wire acts at the Met this week, with her third role debut here in under two years. After last year's spectacular Amina in Bellini's LA SONNAMBULA, she's taken on the title role in Massenet's MANON and proven once again that she is one of the company's greatest assets. (more...)

Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo to Headline Met's MANON, 3/9Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo to Headline Met's MANON, 3/9
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2015

New York, NY (March 4, 2015) – Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo will sing their first Met performances of the title character in Massenet's Manon and her devoted lover, the Chevalier des Grieux. Emmanuel Villaume will conduct the first revival of Laurent Pelly's 2012 Met staging, also starring Russell Braun as Manon's cousin, Lescaut, and Nicolas Testé as the Chevalier's father, the Comte des Grieux. The opera opens March 9 and plays six performances through March 28. (more...)

Daniele Gatti to Conduct Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, 2/27-3/1Daniele Gatti to Conduct Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, 2/27-3/1
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2015

Daniele Gatti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in a Brahms symphony cycle and the composer's Ein deutsches Requiem over three concerts, Friday, February 27 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, February 28 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 1 at 2:00 p.m. in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Thrilling Violetta from Sonya Yoncheva Finds the Truth in Met LA TRAVIATABWW Reviews: Thrilling Violetta from Sonya Yoncheva Finds the Truth in Met LA TRAVIATA
by Richard Sasanow - Jan 19, 2015

For the second time in two seasons, casting has made me reconsider a Met production that I'd written off as past its expiration date. The first was Diana Damrau and Javier Camarena in Bellini's LA SONNAMBULA. This time around it's the wonderful Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva, who breathed new life into the Willy Decker LA TRAVIATA. She's a marvel, both as an actress and a singer. (more...)

SWEENEY TODD, THE MAGIC FLUTE, CRAMEN and More Set for San Francisco Opera's 2015-16 Season; Cast Announced!SWEENEY TODD, THE MAGIC FLUTE, CRAMEN and More Set for San Francisco Opera's 2015-16 Season; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2015

San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley and Music Director Nicola Luisotti today announced the Company's 2015-16 season repertory and roster of international and critically acclaimed guest artists, conductors and creative teams scheduled to appear at the War Memorial Opera House. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Top New York Opera Performances in 2014 -- Ah, Yes, I Remember Them WellBWW Reviews: Top New York Opera Performances in 2014 -- Ah, Yes, I Remember Them Well
by Richard Sasanow - Jan 2, 2015

For New York opera-goers, what was the event of the year? Undoubtedly, John Adams's THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, not only for the kerfuffle caused by the [unfounded] claims of anti-Semitism but for the opera's exciting debut at the Met. (The Met's contentious labor negotiations nearly edged it out, though.) As we head into the spring season, here's a look back at some of the performances that put a song in my heart, not in any particular order. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Jovial BARBIERE with Isabel Leonard Cuts the Mustard at the MetBWW Reviews: Jovial BARBIERE with Isabel Leonard Cuts the Mustard at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Dec 2, 2014

Bartlett Sher's production of Rossini's IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA is one of the best of the Gelb years at the Met, with its sliding-doors set by Michael Yeargan and luscious costumes by Catherine Zuber. It was great when it opened with an all-star cast--headed Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Florez and Peter Mattei--and remains sturdy even when some of the casting is a little wobbly. (more...)

Deborah Voigt Hosts ENCORES! Great Performances at the Met Featuring Natalie Dessay, Jonas Kaufmann and More!Deborah Voigt Hosts ENCORES! Great Performances at the Met Featuring Natalie Dessay, Jonas Kaufmann and More!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

Hosted by soprano Deborah Voigt, from the Grand Staircase of the Met, the special covers a wide range of operatic ground, from heartbreak to hilarity, delivered by such artists as Natalie Dessay, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Jonas Kaufmann, and Anna Netrebko, along with Voigt herself. These extraordinary moments, selected from more than 75 productions, were initially seen as part of the Met's global Live in HD movie-theater transmissions, and later shared with PBS audiences as presentations ofGreat Performances at the Met. (more...)

Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra to Perform at Severance Hall, 10/7Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra to Perform at Severance Hall, 10/7
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2014

For the first time in their 91-year history, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, “one of the leading European orchestras” (The Independent), will tour the U.S., visiting four major markets in October. The Orchestra, under the direction of its Chief Conductor Muhai Tang, will appear first at Symphony Hall in Chicago on October 6th, then at Severance Hall in Cleveland on October 7th, at Strathmore Music Center in North Bethesda, MD on October 8th, and at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium in New York City on October 9th. The ensemble will bring two programs on tour, performing repertoire ranging from Khachaturian to Tchaikovsky to Sibelius. At Severance Hall and the Strathmore Center, the Orchestra will add a ballet suite by Stevan Hristi?, a founder and first principal conductor of the Orchestra (1923-1934). At Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall, the Orchestra will add arias from Verdi's Rigoletto and Macbeth, to be sung by the Serbian baritone Željko Lu?i?, a Met Opera sensation. Tickets for the tour, on sale now, have been set at family-friendly prices and can be obtained on venue websites. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

On Site Opera and The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice present a developmental workshop of the new opera Clarimondefrom composer Frederic Chaslin and librettist P.H. Fisher. The workshop culminates with a public reading held on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 1:30pm in the gothic sanctuary of St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church (109 Main St, Phoenicia, NY 12464). Clarimonde is the second opera written by composer/librettist team Frederic Chaslin and P.H. Fisher and follows their successful collaboration on Wuthering Heights (2007; selections from the piece have recently performed/recorded in Norway, Italy, Israel and Russia by artists such as Natalie Dessay and Diana Damrau.) Chaslin himself will conduct and Eric Einhorn will direct a cast including Alyson Cambridge (soprano) as Clarimonde, Dominic Armstrong (tenor) as Romualdo, Clayton Mathews (bass-baritone) as The Makerand Louis Otey (baritone) as Bishop Serapion. Immediately following the performance, the audience is invited to participate in an open forum Q & A with the creative team and cast. (more...)

Deborah Voigt to Perform with Rufus Wainwright, Chicago Symphony and More This MonthDeborah Voigt to Perform with Rufus Wainwright, Chicago Symphony and More This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Deborah Voigt showcases her enviable range in a trio of major summer festival engagements this month. (more...)

The Met: Live in HD Presents Verdi's RIGOLETTO, 6/18The Met: Live in HD Presents Verdi's RIGOLETTO, 6/18
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2014

The Met: Live in HD presents Verdi's Rigoletto on June 18 at 7pm.* Click here (US or International) to find a theater near you! (more...)

Tenor Joseph Calleja Stars Opposite Marion Cotillard, in THE IMMIGRANT, Opening TodayTenor Joseph Calleja Stars Opposite Marion Cotillard, in THE IMMIGRANT, Opening Today
by Movies News Desk - May 16, 2014

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja 'magnificently impersonates' his idol Enrico Caruso in the feature film The Immigrant, which opens today, May 16, in New York City and Los Angeles. (more...)

THE MET: LIVE IN HD Summer Encore Series Hits U.S. Cinemas Again this June and JulyTHE MET: LIVE IN HD Summer Encore Series Hits U.S. Cinemas Again this June and July
by TV News Desk - May 13, 2014

Beginning Wednesday, June 18, the Metropolitan Opera and Fathom Events will once again present Summer HD Encores, a series of choice encore performances from the groundbreaking Live in HD series of cinema presentations (more...)

Diana Damrau's Le Poisson Rouge Show Livestreams TonightDiana Damrau's Le Poisson Rouge Show Livestreams Tonight
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 27, 2014

orld renown soprano and Metropolitan Opera standout Diana Damrau brings her eclectic repertoire to a special solo show at celebrated cabaret venue Le Poisson Rouge this month and the event is set to be livestreamed tonight. (more...)

BWW Reviews: What a Difference a Cast Makes, with Damrau and Camarena, in LA SONNAMBULA at the MetBWW Reviews: What a Difference a Cast Makes, with Damrau and Camarena, in LA SONNAMBULA at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Mar 26, 2014

It's always reassuring when a change of cast--in this case soprano Diana Damrau and tenor Javier Camarena in wonderful performances--transforms a truly terrible production into an exciting night at the opera. But that's exactly what happened with the revival of Bellini's LA SONNAMBULA at the Met last week. (more...)

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