May 21, 2013
New release: Diana Damrau Recital in Baden Baden and documentary Diva Divina
It complements a ravishing recital with a fascinating documentary.
The documentary, directed by Beatrix Conrad, follows Damrau over the course of nine months, covering operatic performances and rehearsals in Geneva, New York, Paris and Munich, recitals, recordings and the arrival of her first child, Alexander.
Reviewing the performance in Baden-Baden, the Badische Neueste Nachrichten wrote of Damrau as a recitalist “whose vocal material and abilities as a storyteller approach perfection” : Damrau’s diction is a pleasure, her vocal flexibility amazing.
Among the best-loved items in the programme are: Schumann’s ‘Widmung’; both Fauré’s and Debussy’s ‘Clair de lune’; Fauré’s ‘Après un rêve’; Strauss’ Ständchen’ and the famed Bach-Gounod ‘Ave Maria’.