Diana Newman


The American soprano, a recent winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Illinois District), returns to Lyric for the first time since her Ryan Opera Center tenure. Newman received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the University of Southern California (title role/L’incoronazione di Poppea, Miranda/The Tempest, Pamina/The Magic Flute, Lauretta/Gianni Schicchi, Belisa/Conrad Susa’s The Love of Don Perlimplin). Her many concert credits include Bach’s “Coffee” Cantata (Whittier Bach Festival), Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks (Lucerne Festival), Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (Eastern Sierra Symphony Summer Festival), Francesco Cilluffo’s The Land to Life Again (UCLA Camarades Ensemble, world premiere), Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 (American Youth Symphony Orchestra), and Curly’s Wife/ Of Mice and Men (Grant Park Music Festival). In Chicago she has also appeared in the Harris Theater’s Beyond the Aria series. The soprano is an alumna of Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar, the Aspen Opera Theater Center, and the Oberlin in Italy program. She can be heard on the soundtracks of three feature films: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010), Sex and the City 2 (2010), and The Spirit (2008).

Previously at Lyric: Eight roles since 2015|16, most recently (Forest bird/Siegfried (2018|19) Jazz Trio Member/Trouble in Tahiti, Page/Rigoletto (both 2017|18); Frasquita/Carmen; (2016|17).

Last updated: November 2, 2018