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“If some ears might detect an occasional harshness in Damrau's upper register, criticism is all but silenced by her virtuosity and histrionic flair, evident even without the benefit of her vivid stage presence. Under Jérémie Rhorer's alert direction, the Parisian period orchestra match the singer all the way in style and gusto.”
“Mozart's Queen of Night is as subtle and intelligent in recitative and inflection as in stratospheric virtuosity.”
15th February 2009
“Diana Damrau is the most thrilling high soprano of our day. She is a peerless Konstanze, delivering "Martern aller Arten" (including the sections usually cut) with venom and precision, and a superbly neurotic Elvira. Her amazing, stratospheric command is best demonstrated in the unearthly beauty of "Vorrei spiegarvi" and the brilliant "No, che non sei capace", both written by Mozart for Aloysia Lange to sing in someone else's opera. If Damrau moves on to record Mozart's true concert arias, I hope she has an orchestra which doesn't sound as if it was recorded in a nearby bathroom.”
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