2016 GALAAN EVENING WITH DIANA DAMRAU
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“… leading coloratura soprano in the world” – New York Sun

Join us for a celebration of music, elegance, and entertainment at the beautiful Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Enjoy an elegant dinner and be enchanted by the artistry and voice of one of the finest artists in the opera world, soprano Diana Damrau.

CHAIRS: Charles & Merrill Gottesman
YOUNG PATRON CHAIRS: Todd & Debra Barron
MAJOR SPONSOR DINNER HOSTS: Arlene Kaufman and Sanford Baklor
MEMBER SPONSOR: Arlette Gordon

Tickets: $1000 per person / $450 Young Patrons

For sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, please contact David Walker at 561.835.7558 or dwalker@pbopera.org.

Platinum Sponsors
Drs. Henry and Marsha Laufer
Mr. and Mrs. George L. Lindemann
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis K. Williams

Gold Sponsors
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gottesman
Mrs. Ari Rifkin

Silver Sponsors
Mr. and Mrs. William G. Brown
Ms. Susan Lehrman
Dr. and Mrs. Charles Weissmann

Bronze Sponsors
Ms. Nancy Edman Feldman and Mr. Mike Chefetz
Mrs. Miriam Flamm
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Kohl
Dr. and Mrs. David Kosowsky
Dr. and Mrs. Morton Mandell
Solomon Family Foundation Trust
Mr. and Mrs. James Takats

Couple’s Sponsors
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Abramson
Mrs. Eileen Berman and Mr. Jay Bauer
Mr. Daniel Biaggi and Mr. David Espinosa
Mr. and Mrs. David Brodsky
Mrs. Nancy Canary and Mr. William Sullivan
Mr. and Mrs. John Domenico
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fromer
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Goldner
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Grabler
Ms. Roe Green
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hardwick
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kozloff
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Laurans
Mr. Michael McCafferty and Mr. Joseph Horton
Mr. and Mrs. Meyer Sapoff
Mr. and Mrs. Robert N. Snyder
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Sosnoff
Dr. and Mrs. John Strasswimmer
Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Wolff
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Wood
Ms. Laura Yellin and Mr. Christopher Wege

Corporate Sponsors
Escada
Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
Lamborghini Palm Beach

Young Artist Table Underwriter
Mr. and Mrs. George L. Lindemann

Artists’ Travel & Accommodation Underwriter
Mrs. Miriam Flamm

Invitation Underwriters
Mr. and Mrs. Marc Goldberg

Photography Underwriters
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Berenson
Mrs. Annette Y. Friedland

Gala Host Committee Members
Mr. and Mrs. Todd Barron
Mr. Bruce Beal and Mr. Francis Cunningham
Mrs. Gladys Benenson
Mrs. Eileen Berman and Mr. Jay Bauer
Mr. Daniel Biaggi and Mr. David Espinosa
Mr. and Mrs. John Domenico
Ms. Nancy Edman Feldman and Mr. Mike Chefetz
Mrs. Miriam Flamm
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Goldner
Mrs. Arlette Gordon
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gottesman
Ms. Roe Green
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hardwick
Ms. Arlene Kaufman and Mr. Sanford Baklor
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Kohl
Dr. and Mrs. David Kosowsky
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kozloff
Drs. Henry and Marsha Laufer
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Laurans
Ms. Susan Lehrman
Mr. and Mrs. George L. Lindemann
Mr. Michael McCafferty and Mr. Joseph Horton
Dr. and Mrs. Morton Mandell
Dr. Richard Pelosi
Mr. Naj and Mrs. Emily Tannen Pervez
Mrs. Ari Rifkin
Mr. Marc S. Solomon
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Sosnoff
Mr. and Mrs. James Takats
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis K. Williams
Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Wolff
Ms. Laura Yellin and Mr. Christopher Wege


Acclaimed as the “leading coloratura soprano in the world” (New York Sun), Diana Damrau continues to amaze audiences with her unique voice and arresting stage presence. A regular guest at the most renowned opera companies and concert halls, she was awarded the title Bayerische Kammersängerin in 2007 and named “Best Female Singer” at the 2014International Opera Awards.

The 2014/15 season sees Diana Damrau performing a broad range of repertoire both on the operatic and concert stages of the world. She begins the season at Theater an der Wien where she stars in a new production of Bizet’s Les pecheurs des perles, followed by her return to the Bayerische Staatsoper for a new production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, a role she reprises for Milan’s Teatro alla Scala later in the season. She sings Massenet’s Manon at the Metropolitan Opera and, Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore for Zurich Opera before returning to Baden-Baden’s Festspielhaus to debut Contessa Almaviva in concert performances of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, recorded for Deutsche Grammophon. Diana Damrau can be heard in concert and recital extensively this season. She sings Belcanto-themed gala concerts amongst other in Prague, Amsterdam, Baden-Baden, Geneva, Munich, Frankfurt and Vienna and appears in recital in Vienna, Milan, Madrid, Paris and Graz. Diana Damrau further joins the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra for their New Year’s concerts and appears in concert with the Vienna Philharmonic during the Salzburg Mozart Week as well as at New York’s Carnegie Hall for a performance of Brahms’ Requiem.

Over the last seasons, Diana Damrau has extended her repertoire to include some new signature roles such as Philine (Mignon) and Elvira (I puritani) with Grand Théâtre de Genève, Linda di Chamounix with Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, and Lucia di Lammermoor and Amina in La sonnambula for the Metropolitan Opera In 2011, the soprano scored a tremendous success with her rendition of the three soprano roles in Les contes d’Hoffmann at the Bavarian State Opera. In 2013, she sang Gilda in a new production of Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera New York, where she also made her acclaimed role debut as Verdi’s La traviata, a role that she also performed in a season-opening new production at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, a new production for Opéra de Paris, as well as performances with the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and Zurich Opera.

As a member of the ensembles at Mannheim National Theatre and Frankfurt Opera, Diana Damrau began her international career with much-praised guest appearances as Queen of the Night, Zerbinetta and Adele (Die Fledermaus) in Munich, Berlin and Vienna. Free-lancing since 2002, she took on the female lead in the world premiere of Cerha’s Der Riese vom Steinfeld at Vienna State Opera and was hailed by the critics for her UK debut as Queen of the Night (2003), as well as her spectacular rendition of the title role in Salieri’s L’Europa riconosciuta at the re-opening of Milan’s La Scala (2004). Other noteworthy engagements include Gym Instructress/Drunken Woman in the world premiere of Lorin Maazel’s 1984 at Covent Garden, Susanna at La Scala, Konstanze at Vienna’s Burgtheater, Zerbinetta at Teatro Real Madrid, Gilda at Semperoper Dresden, Gretel at Covent Garden, Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) at Baden-Baden Festival Hall, and her role debuts as Marie (La fille du régiment, San Francisco), Donna Anna (Geneva), Massenet’s Manon (Vienna), Aminta (Munich), and the world premiere of A Harlot’s Progress at Theater an der Wien.

An audience favourite at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Diana has returned to New York every year since 2005, tackling Zerbinetta, Rosina, Aithra, Konstanze, Gilda, Lucia, Marie, Adèle (Le comte Ory) and Adina, and causing a sensation by singing both her first Pamina and her last Queen of the Night in a 2007 run of Die Zauberflöte. In Europe, she has close ties with the Salzburg Festival, where her 2001 debut was followed by appearances as Queen of the Night, Blonde, Konstanze, Fauno, Susanna, and a solo recital in 2014. Diana Damrau works regularly with an illustrious list of conductors includes Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Sir Colin Davis, Ivor Bolton, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Kent Nagano, Fabio Luisi, Jérémie Rhorer, Dan Ettinger and Christian Thielemann.

In addition to her achievements in opera, Diana has established herself as one of today’s finest lieder singers and gives recitals with pianists like Helmut Deutsch, Julius Drake and Matthias Lademann at renowned venues including Berlin’s Philharmonie, Vienna’s Musikverein, London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Salzburg Festival and the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. Her extraordinary musical partnership with harpist Xavier de Maistre is documented in the form of a CD release (Nuit d’étoiles) and a DVD released in 2013.

Recording exclusively for EMI/Virgin Classics, now Erato, Diana Damrau made her recording debut with Arie di Bravura which received enthusiastic reviews and prestigious awards. Subsequent solo projects include recordings of Mozart arias (Donna), coloratura pieces of the romantic period (COLORaturaS), orchestral songs by Richard Strauss (Poesie, awarded with the ECHO Klassik in 2011) and songs by Franz Liszt. Diana Damrau’s discography is rounded off by various opera, concert and recital recordings on different labels. TV broadcasts, most notably from the opening gala of the 2006 Soccer World Cup in Munich, have made her well-known to the general public. In autumn 2013, her album Forever with melodies from operetta, film and musical was released and awarded with an ECHO Klassik in 2014. 2015 sees the release of a Belcanto-themed recording.A documentary on her life, directed by Beatrix Conrad and entitled Diana Damrau – Divine Diva, was first aired on the French-German TV channel arte in February 2011.

A native of Günzburg an der Donau/Germany, Diana Damrau studied voice with Carmen Hanganu at Wurzburg Conservatory and with Hanna Ludwig in Salzburg. She made her professional operatic debut at Würzburg’s Mainfrankentheater in 1995.

 

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