L’Invitation au voyage
Je t'implore, ô mon frère (from Hamlet)
An einsamer Quelle (from Stimmungsbilder, Op. 9, No.2)
Oui, depuis quatre jours… Sous les pieds d'une femme (from La reine de Saba)
Al dolce guidami castel natio (from Anna Bolena)
O amato zio, o mio secondo padre! (from I Puritani)
Ella giammai m’amò (from Don Carlo)
Allegro in G-sharp minor, (from 13 Preludes, Op. 32, No. 12)
Lyubvi vsye vozrasti pokorni (from Eugene Onegin)
Hör ich Cymbalklänge (from Zigeunerliebe)
Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ (from Oklahoma!)
How Sad No One Waltzes Anymore
I Could Have Danced All Night (from My Fair Lady)
The performance will run for about 2 hours including a 15-minute intermission.
Audience is strongly advised to arrive punctually. Latecomers will only be admitted during the intermission or at a suitable break.
The programme does not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
The presenter reserves the right to change the programme.
Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Diana Damrau is one of today’s most sought-after soprano and has performed on the world’s leading opera and concert stages for two decades. Her vast repertoire includes Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte with Wiener Staatsoper, Royal Opera House and Bayerische Staatsoper, title roles in La Traviata with Teatro alla Scala, Metropolitan Opera and Opéra National de Paris, and Roméo et Juliette with Teatro alla Scala and Metropolitan Opera, just to mention a few. In 2022, she made her debut as Gräfin Madeleine in Capriccio at the Bayerische Staatsoper. She has also performed contemporary works for the opera stage in roles written especially for her.
Much in demand on the concert and recital circuit, Damrau has held residencies in major cities in Europe such as the Barbican Centre in London, toured extensively in South America and Asia, and performed the New Year’s Eve concerts with Berliner Philharmoniker under Kirill Petrenko. After having performed Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch in the most renowned concert halls in Europe alongside tenor Jonas Kaufmann and pianist Helmut Deutsch in 2018, the three toured again in 2022 with love songs by Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms.
In the beginning of 2022/23 season, Damrau has embarked on a European tour with Xavier de Maistre and has presented her new Christmas album. At the Easter Festival Baden-Baden in April 2023, she interprets Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with Berliner Philharmoniker and Kirill Petrenko.
Recording exclusively for Warner/Erato, Damrau made her recording debut Arie di Bravura for a collection of Mozart and Salieri arias. Subsequent solo releases were awarded the ECHO and the OPUS Klassik prize amongst others. Furthermore, she features on various complete opera recordings on both CD and DVD.
Honored as the Bavarian Kammersängerin in 2007, Damrau is also the recipient of the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art in 2010 and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2021. She has also been selected Singer of the Year by Opernwelt, Opera News, Gramophone Editor’s Choice and International Opera Award.
Nicolas Testé (Bass)
Bass Nicolas Testé studied piano, bassoon and music history in Paris before embarking on a career as a singer. He studied at Opéra National de Paris and Centre de Formation Lyrique. In 1998, he was awarded the Second Prize at the “Voix Nouvelles” competition.
Testé regularly performs in many renowned opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra National de Paris, Teatro alla Scala, among others. With his extensive repertoire comprises, he was on stage as Compte des Grieux in Manon with Opéra de Lyon, as Ramfis in Aida at Teatro San Carlo, as Oroveso in Norma at Gran Teatre del Liceu and as Colline in La Bohème with the Metropolitan Opera in the 2021/22 season.
Besides numerous opera productions, Testé regularly performs with internationally renowned symphony orchestras. In 2017, he embarked on an Asia Tour together with the renowned soprano Diana Damrau performing opera gala and recital programmes with concerts in Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul and Taipei. In the frame of the tour VERDIssimo, he gave concerts in Europe’s major concert halls in May and June 2018. In the upcoming seasons, he will tour again Europe and Asia together with soprano Diana Damrau.
Mathieu Pordoy (Piano)
French pianist Mathieu Pordoy has coached at the most prominent opera houses, including Wiener Staatsoper, Opéra national de Paris and Opernhaus Zürich. He has given masterclasses at the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers and he was also a faculty member of the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute in Montreal and International Vocal Arts Institute in Israel. As a specialist in French opera, he is regularly invited by opera houses, such as Opéra-Comique in Paris, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Grand-Théâtre de Luxembourg and more.
Pordoy made his double debut at Carnegie Hall in 2019 in Berlioz’s Lélio with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and in recital with Sabine Devieilhe with whom he has also appeared at Grand Théâtre de Genève, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Festival Pulsations in Bordeaux in a programme of Strauss and Mozart that was recently broadcast on Arte Television and France Musique. Other musical partners include soprano Marina Rebeka, tenor Benjamin Bernheim and tenor Michael Spyres, among others.
Information provided by the artists
Tickets available from 11 April at all URBTIX outlets, self-service ticketing kiosks, on internet, by mobile app and telephone.
Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first come, first served basis).
Group Booking Discount
10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets, 15% off for 10-19 standard tickets, 20% off for 20 or more standard tickets.
Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount offers.
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Love in Perspectives
Date: 10 May 2023 (Wed)
Venue: Foyer Reception Area, 4/F, Auditoria Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Speaker: Jimmy Shiu (Music Practitioner)
Admission free on a first come, first served basis.
Masterclass with Diana Damrau
Date: 9 May 2023 (Tue)
Venue: Concert Hall, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Conducted in English
Admission free. Online registration available from 11 April on a first come, first served basis.
The mastercalss will run for about 1 hour. Latecomers will only be admitted at a suitable break.
Enquiries: 2268 7321 (LCSD) / 2584 8517 (HKAPA)