Diana Damrau

German soprano opera singer (1971 - Günzburg, Bavaria)

Diana Damrau is one of the most promising soprano singers. Her coloratura voice allows her to cover both the Italian opera repertoire and the greatest roles of the German repertoire.

Diana Damrau began her operatic studies at the University of Music Würzburg with Carmen Hanganu, and continued in Salzburg with Hanna Ludwig. Her career started in 1995 in Würzburg in the part of Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart. She then performed at the Oper Frankfurt and at the National Theatre Mannheim. Her path has been full of significant milestones. In 2002, in Vienna, she took part in the creation of the opera Der Riese vom Steinfeld by Friedrich Cerha. The following year, for her debut at Covent Garden in London, she portrayed the Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute, her most frequently performed role to date. In 2004, she was invited to sing in Europa riconosciuta by Salieri, at the re-opening of La Scala, Milan.

Diana has been invited to perform in the most important opera houses, working with conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Sir Colin Davis, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and Kent Nagano. She has kept on expanding her repertoire also covering Richard Strauss (Ariadne on Naxos), then Bellini with The Puritans at the Geneva opera house, Linda di Chamounix at the Liceu, Barcelona, Lucia di Lammermoor in Japan. In 2011, her performance in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann at the Bavarian state opera is a huge success. In 2013, she celebrated the bicentennial of Verdi's birth as "Violetta" in La Traviata. Despite the mixed reception of the production, Diana received a standing ovation for her performance.

6 landmark dates in the life of Diana Damrau:

1995: Made her debut in Würzburg with The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart

2002: Opera Der Riese vom Steinfeld by Cerha

2004: Re-opening of La Scala in Milan, Europa riconosciuta by Salieri

2006: Recorded Mozart’s Zaide under Harnoncourt

2007: Recorded Arie di bravura, her first release, a recital of Mozart, Righini and Salieri arias

2013: Portrayed Violetta in La Traviata by Verdi, La Scala, Milan

Official website: http://diana-damrau.com/

Biography by Radio France document database, June 2014