Diana Damrau is currently one of the brightest stars in the singers’ firmament. The soprano grew up in the Bavarian city of Günzburg and studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg where she made her operatic debut singing Barbarina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Stadttheater. In addition to Würzburg, the German soprano was a permanent member of the ensembles at the houses in Mannheim and Frankfurt.
She now scores triumphs at the world’s leading opera houses – from the Metropolitan Opera in New York to La Scala in Milan. When the latter house reopened in 2004, she sang the title role of Salieri’s Europa riconosciuta under the baton of Riccardo Muti. She has sung the Queen of Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in Milan, Vienna and London. During an outdoor concert on the occasion of the World Cup 2006 in Munich, she performed alongside Plácido Domingo.
Damrau is also an acclaimed concert and lieder singer. ‘With meticulous coloring of her buoyant, silky soprano, Ms. Damrau brought out a wealth of different emotional states,’ wrote one critic in a New York Times review of a recital she gave at Carnegie Hall. Damrau is married to the bass-baritone Nicolas Testé.
She is giving her first performance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.