Encore Surprise! - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Diana Damrau, Zubin Mehta (by Carnegie Hall)

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MARCH 17, 2014


By now, you might have heard already about the momentous conductor substitution that transpired over the weekend at Carnegie Hall, when theVienna Philharmonic returned for the last two events of the Vienna: City of Dreams festival. No, not the one Saturday night, when Christoph Eschenbach memorably filled in for an injured Daniele Gatti. I’m talking about Sunday, when, at the end of a long program, Zubin Mehta ceded his baton to the soprano Diana Damrau.


Ms. Damrau’s spectacular singing and cheery demeanor suited her contributions to Johann Strauss Jr.’s bubbly “Frühlingsstimmen Waltz” and a sultry aria from Lehár’s “Giuditta.” For the final encores, she sang Rosalinde’s czardas from Strauss’s “Die Fledermaus,” then served as a dancer and cheerleader for his “Unter Donner und Blitz” Polka Schnell (Op. 324), before Mr. Mehta handed her the baton and guided her to the podium. She waved it merrily about as the orchestra played on.

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Diana Damrau in La Sonnambula

Photo: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

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Soprano Diana Damrau in rehearsal for the Met’s La Sonnambula


Soprano Diana Damrau in rehearsal for the Met’s La Sonnambula

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Tickets are almost sold out for the March 27 performance with Diana Damrau. Get your tickets now. She’ll be performing many of the songs that you hear in the video.