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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. In the 2018/19 Season she sings Marguerite (Faust).

Damrau was born in Günzburg and studied in Würzburg and Salzburg. She performs for opera companies including La Scala, Milan, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Paris Opéra, Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Zürich Opera and Vienna State Opera. Along with her Royal Opera roles her repertory currently includes Antonia, Giulietta and Stella (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Maria Stuarda, Anna Bolena, Elisabetta (Roberto Devereux), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Manon (Manon), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) and Ophélie (Hamlet).

Damrau gives concerts worldwide. In 2018 she gave an acclaimed tour of Hugo Wolf’s Italianisches Liederbuch together with Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch throughout Europe, including a special concert at the Salzburg Festival. She appears regularly with renowned conductors such as Mehta, Pappano, Gergiev, Barenboim, Kirill Petrenko, Thielemann and Nézet-Séguin.?Damrau is an exclusive artist of Erato/Warner Classics. Her discography includes numerous DVDs and several solo albums ranging from Lieder to Meyerbeer arias. She was named as 2008 Opernwelt Singer of the Year, Best Female Singer at the 2014 International Opera Awards and Female Singer of the Year 2018 at the Opus Klassik Award. She is a Kammersängerin of the Bavarian State Opera.

Videos

News and features

Watch LIVE: Insights into The Royal Opera's Faust on 26 March 2019

22 March 2019
Watch LIVE: Insights into The Royal Opera's <em>Faust</em> on 26 March 2019

Join the cast and creative team including Diana Damrau, Erwin Schrott and Michael Fabiano as they explore Gounod's supernatural opera.

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

25 April 2016
Watch: Behind the scenes on Donizetti's <em>Lucia di Lammermoor</em>

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

Nominations announced for International Opera Awards 2016

1 March 2016
Nominations announced for International Opera Awards 2016

Nominees include Kasper Holten, Anna Netrebko and Ermonela Jaho.

Photos

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

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 in La traviata, The Royal Opera

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

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Diana Damrau

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

Sacha Plaige, David Alexander, Katie Mitchell, Diana Damrau and Sarah Northgraves in rehearsal for Lucia di Lammermoor, The Royal Opera

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

Diana Damrau

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