April 08, 2014

Diana Damrau wins Best Female Singer in the 2014 International Opera Awards

The accolade comes after opera's golden girl revealed her astonishing versatility in a new light on her latest album Forever.

In a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane yesterday, Diana Damrau said it was a “tremendous honour” to be crowned Best Female Singer of the Year in the prestigious International Opera Awards.

And what a year it has been for the German singer hailed the “leading coloratura soprano in the world” (New York Sun). She has followed up opening the Teatro Alla Scala’s 2013/14 season, as Violetta in a triumphant La Traviata, with a highly anticipated role debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York: Amina in Bellini’s La Sonnambula.

The year 2013 saw the release of the documentary Diva Divina, which follows Damrau over the course of nine eventful months, from recording session and performances in Geneva, New York, Paris and Munich to the birth of her first child, Alexander.

Her latest album Forever: Unforgettable Songs from Vienna, Broadway and Hollywood, which she calls "the soundtrack of my life", reveals her Queen of the Night-ready voice in a different light. “This music shows a side of me that many people don’t know yet,” Damrau explains. “These tunes are great art, because they are associated with unforgettable moments in everyone’s lives.”

The International Opera Award nod comes just weeks after the soprano made headlines when she spontaneously tried her hand at conducting during a recital with the Vienna Philharmonic, taking the proffered baton from no less than Zubin Mehta. But as her latest accolade demonstrates, fans all over the world will be thrilled that she’s sticking with the operatic stage.