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Diana Damrau

Soprano

Biography

Diana Damrau in action.
Diana Damrau as the title character in Lucia di Lammermoor, The Royal Opera © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Stephen Cummiskey

German soprano Diana Damrau made her Royal Opera debut in 2003 as Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte). She has since sung Fiakermilli (Arabella), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Violetta (La traviata) and Lucia di Lammermoor for The Royal Opera, and created the role of Gym Instructress/Drunken Woman in Maazel’s 1984.

Damrau was born in Günzburg and studied in Würzburg and Salzburg. She made her professional debut as Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Würzburg State Theatre and subsequently became a member of the ensemble there. She has since performed at the world’s leading opera houses, including La Scala, Milan, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Paris Opéra, Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Vienna State Opera. Her repertory includes Gilda (Rigoletto), Violetta, Amina (La sonnambula), Moll Hackabout (Bell’s A Harlot’s Progress, a role Damrau created), the four heroines (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Philine (Mignon), Elvira (I puritani), Linda di Chamounix, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and Lucia di Lammermoor. Damrau is a renowned concert performer and has appeared in venues including Berlin’s Philharmonie, Vienna’s Musikverein, the Wigmore Hall and the Carnegie Hall, with such conductors as Colin Davis, James Levine, Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta. She appears regularly with harpist Xavier de Maistre.

Damrau’s wide discography includes numerous DVDs ranging from Le Comte Ory to Rigoletto and five solo albums. She was named as 2008 Opernwelt Singer of the Year, Best Female Singer at the 2014 International Opera Awards and is a Kammersängerin of the Bavarian State Opera. She is involved with many charitable causes and has given benefit concerts for the Fascination Regenwald Foundation and for Frankfurt’s Städel Museum.

Videos

News and features

Watch: Behind the scenes on Donizetti's <em>Lucia di Lammermoor</em>

Watch: Behind the scenes on Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor

25 April 2016

Another chance to see interval films screened during The Royal Opera's live cinema relay.

Nominations announced for International Opera Awards 2016

Nominations announced for International Opera Awards 2016

1 March 2016

Nominees include Kasper Holten, Anna Netrebko and Ermonela Jaho.

Mad for it: Director Katie Mitchell on her new Royal Opera production of <em>Lucia di Lammermoor</em>

Mad for it: Director Katie Mitchell on her new Royal Opera production of Lucia di Lammermoor

7 October 2015

The director discusses her vision of Donizetti's opera as a tale of drama, jeopardy and feminism.

Photos

Charles Castronovo and Diana Damrau in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Kwangchul Youn, Charles Castronovo, Diana Damrau, Ludovic Tézier in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Taylor Stayton, Charles Castronovo and Diana Damrau in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Ludovic Tézier and Diana Damrau in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Ludovic Tézier and Diana Damrau in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Diana Damrau and Rachael Lloyd in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Diana Damrau, Charles Castronovo in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Diana Damrau, Charles Castronovo in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Taylor Stayton, Peter Hoare, Diana Damrau, Ludovic Tézier, Kwangchul Youn in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Diana Damrau as the title character in Lucia di Lammermoor, The Royal Opera

Diana Damrau

Diana Damrau

Diana Damrau as Violetta Valery in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Diana Damrau as Violetta Valery in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Diana Damrau as Violetta Valery and Francesco Demuro as Alfredo in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Diana Damrau as Violetta Valery in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Diana Damrau in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Diana Damrau

Diana Damrau as Adina and Giuseppe Filianoti as Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore

Charles Castronovo and Diana Damrau in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Charles Castronovo, Peter Hoare, Ludovic Tézier Diana Damrau and Rachael Lloyd in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Charles Castronovo and Diana Damrau in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Charles Castronovo and Diana Damrau in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Diana Damrau in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Charles Castronovo, Diana Damrau, Ludovic Tézier, Kwangchul Youn in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Rachael Lloyd, Taylor Stayton, Kwangchul Youn, Diana Damrau in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Diana Damrau in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Charles Castronovo and Diana Damrau in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Giorgio Germont and Diana Damrau as Violetta Valery in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Giorgio Germont and Diana Damrau as Violetta Valery in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Diana Damrau as Violetta Valery in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Giorgio Germont and Diana Damrau as Violetta Valery in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Diana Damrau as Violetta Valery in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Taylor Stayton, Charles Castronovo, Diana Damrau, Rachael Lloyd, Ludovic Tézier in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Diana Damrau and Rachael Lloyd in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Ludovic Tézier, Taylor Stayton, Diana Damrau, Kwangchul Youn, Rachael Lloyd in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor