Born in Günzburg an der Donau, Germany, Diana Damrau studied at the Musikhochschule Würzburg with Carmen Hanganu and in Salzburg with Hanna Ludwig. Her first engagements were at the Stadtheater Würzburg and the Nationaltheater Mannheim at Oper Frankfurt. In 2002 Diana’s international freelance career was born and she was invited to sing at the principle opera houses of Munich, Berlin, Dresden and Hamburg. She was soon to appear in Vienna, Brüssels, Washington, Covent Garden and the Salzburg Festival. She has sung under the direction of such renowned conductors as Ivor Bolton, Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Adam Fischer, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Jesú López Cobos, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Peter Schneider and Marcello Viotti on both the opera stage and concert podium.Diana Damrau’s extensive repertoire spans the Italian and French Fachs (Gilda/”Rigoletto”, Rosina/”Il Barbiere di Siviglia”, Leila/”Les pêcheurs de perles”), to the full lyric roles of the German repertoire, as well as contemporary works (Cerha’s “Der Riese vom Steinfeld” at the Vienna State Opera, Maazel’s “1984″ at Covent Garden).Damrau is an exclusive Virgin Classics recording artist.