Diana Damrau Operetta Concert

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It is not the case with every singer that the public is aware of what childhood experience they owe their later career to. Diana Damrau decided to dedicate her life to performing opera when, at the age of twelve, she saw Franco Zeffirelli's film version of La Traviata, starring Teresa Stratas and Plácido Domingo. Awarded the title Kammersängerin of the Bavarian State Opera, the singer has been a regular guest at the world's most important opera houses for two decades. The title of her show is a quote from one of the arias from Lehár's operetta Paganini: Liebe, du Himmel auf Erden - (‘Love, you heaven on earth'). In addition to the two Hungarian composers, the programme features excerpts from the works of Johann Strauss II, Robert Stolz, Paul Lincke and André Messager, meaning that the Hungarian, Austrian, German and French ‘dialects' of the genre are all included. Partnering with Damrau this time is the Graz-born heldentenor Nikolai Schukoff, who ever since completing his studies in Salzburg has been enjoying decades of success everywhere from Paris and Vienna to New York, and who in 2009 sang the title role of Parsifal at the Budapest Wagner Days festival here at Müpa Budapest. Austrian conductor Ernst Theis can boast plenty of experience in the genre of operetta, as can the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra.

Program and cast

Conductor:

Ernst Theis

soprano

Diana Damrau

Featuring:

tenor

Nikolai Schukoff

Hungarian State Opera Orchestra

Palace of Arts Müpa Budapest

When Müpa Budapest, Hungary and its capital's new cultural hub, opened in 2005, it was built to represent more than 100 years of Hungarian cultural history. As a conglomeration of cultural venues, the building has no precedent in 20th century Hungarian architecture and has no peers in the whole of Central Europe.


The creators of this ambitious project, the Trigránit Development Corporation, prime contractor Arcadom Construction and the Zoboki, Demeter and Partners Architectural Office, were driven by the desire to create a new European cultural citadel as part of the new Millennium City Centre complex along the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Danube waterfront. The result is a facility whose construction quality, appearance, functionality and 21st century technological infrastructure makes it ideally suited to productions of the highest standard. The building is also highly versatile and equipped to host performances of any genre and almost any scale.

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