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Diana Damrau: Recital at Baden Baden & Documentary 'Diva Divina' [DVD]

Notes & Reviews:

In this fascinating new documentary, German soprano Diana Damrau performs unique and riveting recital accompanied by a harpist, while also giving a behind-the-scenes glimpse into her personal and professional life.

When she was just 12 years old, soprano Diana Damrau found that it was Franco Zefirelli's La traviata that inspired her passion and ambition to make opera her career. In March 2013, she triumphed singing that very same work at the Metropolitan Opera, in what the New York declared "a daring victory."

In spite of her busy private and professional life, the soprano agreed to let director, Beatrix Conrad, accompany her over the course of nine months. Performances and rehearsals in Geneva, New York, Paris and Munich, recitals, as well as recordings sessions in the studio are all captured. The film portrays the fast paced life of her career balanced by her family life with her husband and, at the end of the film, her newborn baby.

The accompanying recital, filmed in Baden-Baden joins Damrau with the French harpist Xavier de Maistre in a scintillating selection of songs by Schumann, Faure, Debussy and Strauss. During the course of 2013, Damrau and de Maistre will perform together again in concert seasons in Washington D.C. and many countries around the world.


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