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Ks. Diana Damrau (born 31 May 1971) is a German coloratura soprano of the operatic stage. 

She began her operatic studies with Carmen Hanganu at the Musikhochschule in Würzburg. After graduating from music conservatory she worked in Salzburg with Hanna Ludwig. Her first operatic engagements were in Würzburg and subsequently the National Theatre Mannheim and Oper Frankfurt. Since then, she has sung throughout the world at venues such as the Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Royal Opera House, the Bavarian State Opera and theSalzburg Festival. She was invited to sing the title role in Antonio Salieri's Europa riconosciuta at the re-opening of La Scala, Milan in 2004, under the baton of Riccardo Muti.

The Queen of the Night from Mozart's The Magic Flute has been Damrau's most frequently performed role to date, as she has been engaged to perform it in over 15 productions at houses including Covent Garden, the Salzburg Festival, the Vienna State Opera, Oper Frankfurt and the Bavarian State Opera, Munich. Damrau made Metropolitan Opera history in the 2007/2008 season by appearing as both Pamina and Queen of the Night in the same run, but different performances. Other coloratura roles in her repertoire include Zerbinetta, Lucia, Elvira, Rosina, Gilda, Adina, Marie and Aminta. She also performs roles in the lyric repertoire including Manon, Donna Anna, Gretel and Pamina.

Following the birth of her first child in October 2010, Damrau returned to the stage in January 2011 to perform the role of Elvira in a new production of Vincenzo Bellini's bel canto opera I puritani at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Geneva, followed by a return to the Metropolitan Opera, New York, for a new production of Rossini's comic opera Le comte Ory and a revival of Verdi's Rigoletto.

As well as performing in operas, Damrau is a regular on the concert stage. She has performed Lieder repertoire at Vienna's Musikverein, at Carnegie HallWigmore Hall, La Scala, theSchubertiade in Schwarzenberg, Austria, and both the Munich and Salzburg Festivals. Her concert repertoire includes Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, Mozart's Great Mass in C minor,Requiem and Exsultate, jubilate as well as Handel's Messiah. She has performed with such esteemed conductors as James LevineZubin MehtaLorin Maazel, Sir Colin Davis,Christoph von DohnányiLeonard SlatkinPierre BoulezNikolaus Harnoncourt and Jesús López-Cobos.

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