April 04, 2017
Diana Damrau takes a stand against animal cruelty on the cover of her new album
German soprano Diana Damrau’s new album, Grand Opera, presents the genre at its most grandiose and opulent. It features eleven dazzling arias and duets by Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864), a composer synonymous with the splendours of Parisian grand opéra and a major influence on the two titans of Romantic opera, Verdi and Wagner.
Diana Damrau meets Meyerbeer’s vocal challenges with a fusion of brilliant coloratura, lyricism and dramatic power. She is also an artist who embodies the glamour and elegance of opera’s great divas. Nonetheless, on the cover of her new album she challenges the perception of luxury and extravagance synonymous with opera and diva antics.
Although many of her iconic predecessors – Maria Callas, Victoria de los Angeles, Renata Scotto, Beverly Sills, Leontyne Price and Marian Anderson to name just a few – were often photographed draped in plush mink coats and stoles, Damrau has taken a stand, making the modern-day diva decision to wear haute couture fake fur.
In Jürgen Frank’s stunning photographs for the cover of Grand Opera, Damrau chose to champion New York fashion house Pelush, pioneering makers of luxury faux fur. According to Pelush founder, Milan-born designer Anna Tagliabue, these creations are “ecologically sensitive and cruelty-free…a wonderful alternative for the modern woman”.
“Pelush’s stunning faux fur made me feel like Cinderella at the ball,” said Diana Damrau.
The coloratura soprano hopes that the garment and styling for Grand Opera will capture the essence of Meyerbeer, “a composer of indispensible French works whose effortless sensuality, beauty and elegance are unparalleled”.
Diana Damrau’s album Grand Opera – Meyerbeer arias – will be released in May, 2017.