American soprano Diana Newman is quickly establishing a reputation for fresh and intense performances in both the opera house and on the concert stage. She is the only soprano to join the prestigious Ryan Center of the Lyric Opera of Chicago for its 2015–16 season. Diana recently appeared in the title role of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with The USC Thornton School of Music Opera Program, concluding a run of principal roles with that institution, including Miranda (Hoiby/The Tempest), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi). Diana has also performed in a concert version of Rigoletto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
Equally committed to the performance of art song, Diana has attended such programs as the Ravinia Festival Steans Music Institute, SongFest, and the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar run by Dr. Alan L. Smith and Stephanie Blythe. Diana has also performed at Carnegie Hall in a master class led by legendary mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig as part of the Marilyn Horne Song Continues series.
Diana’s early training as a violinist instilled in her a passion for new music, making her an ideal advocate for the interpretation of new works. Recent performances include George Crumb’s Madrigals Book IV at Music Academy of the West (where Diana also covered the role of Pamina), Frank Ticheli’s Songs of Love and Life and Angels in the Architecture with the UT New Music Ensemble, and Lukas Foss’s Time Cycle with faculty members of the Aspen Music Festival (where Diana also covered the role of Daisy Buchanan in John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby). Diana has also given the premieres of a number of works by living composers, including Francesco Cilluffo, Dr. Alan L. Smith, and David Newman (works by the latter two composers being written specifically for her).
Also at home in more standard repertoire, Diana has appeared as soloist in Mahler’s Symphony no. 4, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Mozart’s Exsultate jubilate, Bach’s “Coffee” Cantata, and selections from Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne and Britten’s Les Illuminations.
Diana’s voice has been featured in a number of Hollywood films, and she is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the USC Thornton School of Music, where she studied with Elizabeth Hynes, and she now also works with Patricia McCaffrey in New York.