Press Release: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents Diana Damrau, soprano, Xavier de Maistre, harp

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 3pm — NEC’s Jordan Hall

For Immediate Release
Contact: Stephanie Janes PR, (617) 419-0445,
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Diana Damrau, soprano Credit: Rebecca Fay

(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present soprano Diana Damrau with harpist Xavier de Maistre on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at 3pm at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA. Media Partner is 99.5 WCRB.

Tickets start at $42, and are available online at, by calling CelebrityCharge at (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at NEC’s Jordan Hall Box Office, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA.

This performance marks the Celebrity Series debut for both Diana Damrau and Xavier de Maistre.

Soprano Diana Damrau has been performing on the world’s leading opera and concert stages for two decades. Her vast repertoire spans both lyric soprano and coloratura roles including the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor (La Scala, Bavarian State Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House), Manon (Vienna State Opera, Metropolitan Opera) and La traviata (La Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Opéra national de Paris and Bavarian State Opera) as well as Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute (Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival, Vienna State Opera, Royal Opera House).

Invested as Kammersängerin of the Bavarian State Opera (2007) and holder of the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art (2010), Diana Damrau has forged close links with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich where she has been seen in new productions of Lucia di Lammermoor, Les contes d’Hoffmann (the four heroines), Ariadne auf Naxos (Zerbinetta), The Silent Woman (Aminta), The Magic Flute (Queen of the Night) and Rigoletto (Gilda). Other high profile appearances have included La traviata and The Abduction from the Seraglio.

The Metropolitan Opera has been a house in which the soprano has performed her signature roles, been broadcast in HD to cinemas globally and made seven role debuts since her own debut there as Zerbinetta in 2005. Highlights have included new productions of Rigoletto (Gilda), Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina), Le comte Ory (Adèle) and Les pêcheurs des perles (Leïla). Other engagements have included the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor, La traviata, Manon, La Sonnambula and La Fille du Régiment. She was also the first singer in Metropolitan Opera history to perform the roles of Pamina and Queen of the Night in different performances of the same run of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

Diana Damrau has twice participated in the annual inaugural performance at La Scala di Milano; in 2004 in the title role of Salieri’s Europa Riconosciuta at the house’s grand reopening and in 2013 as the title role in a new production of La traviata to commemorate Verdi’s 200th anniversary. Damrau has also appeared there as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor as part of Milan’s Expo in 2015. In 2005 she gave her role debut as Susanna in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro and returns in 2016 in another new production of the piece, but on this occasion as La contessa.

The soprano has also performed contemporary works for the opera stage in roles written especially for her, most notably as the title role in Iain Bell’s operatic adaptation of Hogarth’s A Harlot’s Progress (Theater an der Wien 2013) and as Drunken Woman/Gym Instructress in Lorin Maazel’s 1984 (Royal Opera House 2005).

Diana Damrau has established herself as one of today’s most sought-after interpreters of song, regularly performing at most renowned venues such as Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonie and the Salzburg Festival. She enjoys close artistic partnerships with pianists Helmut Deutsch and Craig Rutenberg and frequently performs in recital with harpist Xavier de Maistre. The latter collaboration can be heard in the CD release Nuit d’étoiles and a DVD capturing their performance at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.

Recording exclusively for EMI/Virgin Classics (now Warner/Erato), Diana Damrau made her recording debut with Arie di Bravura – a collection of Mozart and Salieri arias. Subsequent solo releases have included Donna – a recording of Mozart arias, COLORaturaS – a selection of coloratura arias from the romantic period, Poesie – orchestral songs by Richard Strauss (awarded the ECHO Klassik prize in 2011) and songs by Franz Liszt. Her album Forever, featuring highlights from operetta, film and musicals was awarded the ECHO Klassik Prize in 2014 and was followed by the release of the Belcanto-themed Fiamma del Belcanto. Damrau also features on various complete opera recordings on both CD and DVD.

2016/17 season highlights include Damrau’s role debuts as La contessa in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro at La Scala and Juliette in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Romeo et Juliette, where she will also perform the role of Elvira in I puritani. Later in the season she will once again assume the four heroine roles of Les contes d’Hoffmann at Los Angeles Opera. On concert stage, the soprano will give her debut performances of Strauss’ Four Last Songs in a European concert tour with Kirill Petrenko and the Bayerische Staatsorchester. Together with the French bass-baritone Nicolas Testé performing an opera gala programme she will tour South America including a debut on 27 April 2017 at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. It will be followed by a tour of Meyerbeer arias in Europe, coinciding with the forthcoming release of her solo Meyerbeer recording.

Further ahead, plans include the title role in a new production of La traviata at the Metropolitan Opera and her role debuts as Marguérite in Faust and the title role in Maria Stuarda.

At the age of sixteen, harpist Xavier de Maistre won his first international competition in Paris and later was awarded several times at the international competitions held in Cardiff, Munich, Vienna and Jerusalem. In 1998 he got the first prize and two interpretation prizes at the Bloomington International Harp Competition, the world’s most prestigious harp competition. Later in the same year Maistre become the first French musician to join the ranks of the prestigious Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a soloist, Maistre has appeared with numerous orchestras under the baton of such eminent conductors as Riccardo Muti, Daniele Gatti, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir André Prévin, Heinrich Schiff, and Philippe Jordan, amongst others. He became the first harpist to appear as a soloist at one of the Vienna Philharmonic’s subscription concerts in May 2002.

Maistre has also been invited to perform at many of Europe’s leading festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein, Salzburg, Rheingau, Vienna and Verbier Festivals, the Budapest Spring Festival and the Würzburg Mozart Festival. Among the artists he has performed with are Kathleen Battle, Ingolf Turban, Anne Gastinel, Diana Damrau and Barbara Bonney and actors such as Peter Simonischek and Andrea Jonasson.

As a teacher, Maistre has taught at the Hamburg Academy of Music since 2001. He gives regular masterclasses at New York’s Juilliard School of Music, Tokyo’s Toho University and London’s Trinity College of Music.


Nuit d’étoiles
Le lilas
Clair de lune
Beau soir

“Die Moldau,” from the cycle Mein Vaterland, arranged for harp solo by Hans Trnecek

Ständchen, Opus 17, no. 2
Schlagende Herzen, Opus 29, no. 2
Nichts, Opus 10, no. 2
Wiegenlied, Opus 41, no. 1
Beim Schlafengehen, WoO 150, no. 3 (from Four Last Songs)

Si mes vers avaient des ailes
L’heure exquise (No. 5 from Chansons grises)

Le colibri, Opus 2, no. 7
Le temps des lilas
La cigale, Opus 13, no. 4

Impromptu for harp, Opus 86

Chanson triste
L’invitation au voyage


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