- Roméo et Juliette, opera: Ah, je veux vivre
- Rigoletto, opera: Gualtier Maldè... Caro nome
- Ariadne auf Naxos, opera, Op. 60-II (TrV 228a) (revised version): Grossmächtige Prinzessin
- Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Una voce poco fa
- The Rake's Progress, opera in 3 acts: No word from Tom... Quietly, night... I go to him
- Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro
- Un ballo in maschera, opera: Volta la terrea
- Un ballo in maschera, opera: Saper vorreste
- Linda di Chamounix, opera: Ah! tardi troppo... O luce di quest'anima
- Untitled CD-ROM Track
- Candide, operetta in 2 acts (Scottish opera or final revised version): Glitter and be gay
- Hamlet, opera in 5 acts: Mad scene: A vos jeux, mes amis
German lyric coloratura soprano Diana Damrau has taken the operatic world by storm since the early years of the new century, excelling in a wide variety of roles, from the Queen of the Night to Pamina, as well as in new works like Maazel's "1984." Besides having a formidable range and agility, she brings sharply defined characterizations to her roles. The arias she selected for the 2010 album COLORaturaS include some standards, as well as some less likely to appear on albums that so boldly proclaim the showiness of their repertoire, but all are hugely demanding pieces that highlight her musical and dramatic versatility. This collection, though, doesn't always catch Damrau in consistently top form. There are points where her intonation is distressingly approximate, particularly in trills, most noticeably in the final trill in Caro nome. Perhaps it is a fault of microphone placement, but her intakes of breath throughout the album are loudly audible and distracting. It's perhaps the recording, too, that heightens the percussive attack of certain consonants. The most successful tracks include "Grossmächtige Prinzessin" from "Ariadne auf Naxos," "O mio bambino caro," "O luce di quest'anima" from "Linda di Chamounix," and Oscar's two arias from "Un ballo in maschera," and Ophélie's mad scene from "Hamlet," which fully convey the assurance and brilliance for which Damrau is known. Dan Ettinger leads Münchner Rundfunkorchester in a dutiful accompaniment.
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I saw her ad in the most recent issue of Opera News where it said that Diana has been described as "the Meryl Streep of classical music." After listening to this impressive CD, I can understand why. Diana's vocal ability, musicianship and grace matches the Meryl Streep's impressive acting quality, range and work. I think Diana is one of the most thrilling high soprano of our day. She's anything but a standard soprano. She's fearless and absolutely amazing. This is my first Diana Damrau purchase and I can't wait to hear more from her.