Biography

Dramatic Mezzo-Soprano  –  Diana Cantrelle is at home in opera, oratorio, TV and film.  Critical reviews say,  “her deep rich voice gives new meaning to the words and her roles have vibrant vocal color  &   style.”   Her French repertoire,  love of Verdi  &  oratorio interpretation provides,  “high points to performances where she shows delicate vocal warmth as well as her acting talent.”   “…she is a smart choice with her ability to give emotional depth to the opera’s score.”

Diana Cantrelle has performed at the Lyric in Baltimore,  Wolf Trap,   Capitol Opera Albany – NY,  Pittsburgh Undercroft Opera,   Toronto Opera Works,   NYC Harmonia Opera,  Peabody Opera Theatre,   Washington Savoyards,   L’Alliance Française,   Silesian State Theatre (Czech Republic),   Cincinnati Opera,   Townsend Opera Players (California),   Elysium (German Tour),   Opera Santa Barbara   &   Opera Pacific.    Some favorite roles are Baba  –  The Medium,   Azucena  –  Il Trovatore,   Suzuki  –  Madame Butterfly,   Witch  –  Hänsel & Gretel,   Charlotte  –  Werther,   Martha  –  The Secret Garden,   Mother  –  Amahl  &  the Night Visitors.

Recent Performances  –  Principessa & Mother AbbessSuor Angelica – Capitol Opera Albany-NY, DidoDido & Aeneas – Opus Concert Theatre, Ino/JunoSemele – SingCentral – NYC, Dame QuicklyFalstaff – SingCentral – NYC, Baba (Madame Flora) in The Medium with Lincoln Opera Players in Philadelphia,  Adalgisa  – Norma – Pittsburgh Undercroft Opera,   Mother  –  Amahl  &  the Night Visitors  –  Opera Seabrook in NJ,  Witch  –  Hänsel & Gretel – Toronto Opera Works,   Polina & The Governess,  (understudy the Countess) in Pique Dame,   and Russian Romances Concert with Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia,  Bootsie in  Le Chat Botté © 2012 (Puss in Boots),   Principessa in Suor Angelica at the Lyric,   Tituba in The Crucible with Peabody Opera Theatre,   Mother Goose in The Rakes Progress at the Lyric in Baltimore,   Contralto Soloist in Handel’s Messiah in Canada with Divertimento Orchestra  –  Maestro Slater,   Contralto Soloist in Beethoven’s Mass in C and The Lord Nelson Mass with Peabody Orchestra & Chorus  –  Maestro Polochick,   Zita in Gianni Schicchi with Peabody Opera Theatre.

ORATORIO Contralto SOLOIST – Bach Magnificat in D, Howell Requiem, Beethoven Mass in C, Bernstein Chichester Psalms, Britten Rejoice in the Lamb, Copland In the BeginningHandel Messiah, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart Solemn Vespers, Saint-Sæns – Oratorio de Nőel

Miss Cantrelle has created a new children’s opera  Le Chat Botté  (Puss in Boots)  © 2012 based on the original Charles Perrault beloved fable,  with a New Orleans Jazz twist.   She studies composition with Judah Adashi  &  is a recipient of a Peabody Career Development Grant to produce Le Chat Botté.   Her CD  –  Vive la France will be released in 2012 includes several of her own compositions.

Miss Cantrelle studies with International Soprano – Carmen Balthrop

International Baritones François Loup  &  William Sharp,  Robert Muckenfuss,  Doug Byerly, James Harp,  Katerina Souvorova.

She studies acting with John Astin,  Roger Brunyate  &  Garnett Bruce.

Cantrelle has a Masters Degree in Voice Performance/Vocal Pedagogy with minor Composition Studies from Peabody Conservatory of Music  –  2012.

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http://www.youtube.com/dianacantrellediva   –  Live performance clips!

 

Professional Affiliations:

Screen Actors Guild,  American Guild of Musical Artists  &   

Actors Equity Association