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Bavarian Soprano Diana Damrau Follows Anna Netrebko's Downtown Path to (Le) Poisson Rouge

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Jan 21, 2014 07:30 PM EST

The merits of new and old colliding are vast.

The distinction between an early and late New York City is continually blurred as gentrification bleeds in both directions.

That said, there may not be a more perfect blend of young and old than at the downtown dwelling (Le) Poisson Rouge, where the Metropolitan Opera has been hosting a series (starting and relating with Alexander Borodin's masterpiece, Prince Igor).

Anna Netrebko gave a heart-stopping performance, specifically with the Met's installation in the basement lounge entitled "Russian Exoticism: From Folk Music to Price Igor"--where both parties served up a Russian homage and a shot of vodka.

Putin's putz belted over the less than flattering acoustics of the storied West Village spot. But the pinnacle moment of "The Nightingale and the Rose" was not usurped by any dry wall, as Netrebko cooed to final vocalise.

And now, (L)PR's featuring soprano Diana Damrau on March 27. Yes, the premiere Bavarian coloratura is, too, set to stun downtown audiences with her unique voice and stage presence.

With that performance from Netrebko already on the books, Damrau will be the sophomore talked about for many a starry night to come. Tickets are available at (L)PR's website; doors open 6:30 p.m.

To wit, here is Diana Damrau as Mozart's "Queen of the Night."

Note: The Diana Damrau event will not be in association with The Metropolitan Opera. It is an event put on by the venue, Le Poisson Rouge.

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TagsAnna Netrebko, Diana Damrau, The Metropolitan Opera, The Met, Le Poisson Rouge, Prince Igor, Igor, Russian Exoticism, Russian Exoticism: From Folk Music to Price Igor, The Nightingale and the Rose, Alexander Borodin