Celebrated soprano Diana Damrau graces the Esplanade Concert Hall with husband, bass-baritone Nicolas Testé on November 1

Published on 06 October 2017

Come November 1, celebrated soprano Diana Damrau graces the Esplanade Concert Hall with her husband, bass-baritone Nicolas Testé, in a dazzling programme featuring famous duets and arias from Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots and Dinorah, Bellini’s I puritani and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. The concert will be helmed by guest conductor Pavel Baleff.

Since the beginning of 2007, Pavel Baleff is chief conductor of the Philharmonie Baden-Baden, one of the most traditional orchestras in Germany. Due to his extensive repertoire, he was engaged as opera, ballet and concert conductor at the Zurich Opera House, at the Semperoper Dresden, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, at the Hamburg State Opera and at the Bolschoi Theatre in Moscow.

Soprano Diana Damrau has been performing on the world’s leading opera and concert stages for two decades. Her vast repertoire spans both lyric soprano and coloratura roles including the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor (La Scala, Bavarian State Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House), Manon (Vienna State Opera, Metropolitan Opera) and La traviata (La Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Opéra national de Paris and Bavarian State Opera) as well as Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute (Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival, Vienna State Opera, Royal Opera House).

French bass-baritone Nicolas Testé studied piano, bassoon and music history in Paris before embarking on a career as a singer. He studied at the Opéra National de Paris and Centre de Formation Lyrique. In 1998 he was awarded with the Second Prize at the “Voix Nouvelles” competition. Nicolas Testé regularly performs in many renowned opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera New York, Staatsoper Munich, Los Angeles Opera, San Fransisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra National de Paris, Teatro San Carlo Naples, Grand Théâtre Geneva, Teatro La Fenice as well as at the Glyndebourne Festival and Chorégies d’Orange. 




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1 November 2017 (Wednesday), 7.30pm

Pre-concert Talk: 6.30pm at library@esplanade


Esplanade Concert Hall


Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Pavel Baleff, conductor
Diana Damrau, soprano
Nicolas Testé, bass-baritone

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“Una voce poco fa” from The Barber of Seville


“Nobles seigneurs” from Les Huguenots


“Ombre légère“ from Dinorah


“Elle ne m’aime pas” from Don Carlo


“Amour, ranime mon courage” from Romeo et Juliet


“O rendetemi la speme” from I puritani


$98, $78, $58, $38, $25

*before booking fees: $1 for tickets $20 and below, $3 for tickets $20.01 to $40, $4 for tickets above $40


Students, Senior Citizens & NSF: $30, $20 (Cat 4-5)

Tickets are available from SISTIC hotline: 6348 5555, website: www.sistic.com.sg, SISTIC counters island-wide and Esplanade Box Office.