Diana Montague

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Diana Montague (born 8 April 1953) is a British mezzo-soprano known for her performances in opera and as a concert singer.[1]

Biography[edit]

She was born in Winchester and educated at the Testwood School, the Winchester School of Art and the Royal Northern College of Music. She made her professional debut as Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Glyndebourne Touring Opera in 1977 and went on to sing leading mezzo-soprano roles in opera houses throughout Europe and as well as in the United States. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Annio in La clemenza di Tito on 22 January 1987[2] and later appeared with the company as Sesto in La clemenza di Tito (1987), Dorabella in Così fan tutte (1988), Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro (1988), and Nicklausse in Les contes d'Hoffmann (1989).[3] Her most recent performance has been at Opera Holland Park, where she is singing the role Carmela in I gioielli della Madonna by Wolf-Ferrari.[4]

Montague is married to the British tenor, David Rendall.[5]

Recordings[edit]

Montague appears on several full length opera recordings including the rarities Rosmonda d'Inghilterra, Zoraida di Granata, and Il crociato in Egitto, all for Opera Rara. Her other opera recordings include:

  • Le Comte Ory – Count Ory: John Aler; tenor, Isolier: Diana Montague, mezzo-soprano; Countess Adèle: Sumi Jo, soprano; Dame Ragonde: Raquel Pierotti, mezzo-soprano; Alice: Maryse Castets, soprano; Orchestra and Chorus of the Opéra de Lyon conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Label: Philips
  • Iphigénie en Tauride – Iphigenie: Diana Montague, mezzo-soprano; Oreste: Thomas Allen, baritone; Pylade: John Aler, tenor; Monteverdi Choir; Orchestras of the Opéra de Lyon conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Label: Philips

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sleeman, Elizabeth (ed.), "Montague, Diana", The International Who's Who 2004, Routledge, 2003, p. 1161. ISBN 1-85743-217-7
  2. ^ Page, Tim, "Met Opera: 'Clemenza by Mozart is Presented", New York Times, 24 January 1987
  3. ^ Metropolitan Opera Archives, Montague, Diana (Mezzo Soprano), MetOpera Database
  4. ^ Opera Holland Park, http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/operahollandpark/2013season/igioiellidellamadonna.aspx
  5. ^ Fox, Sue, "Interview: David Rendall", The Times, 24 July 2005

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