Diana Soviero

Vocal Technique & Interpretation

Diana Soviero is one of the most recognized American opera singers of the twentieth century. More than merely a vocalist, Ms. Soviero was a singing actress who lived her roles intensely on the stage. As her lyric soprano voice blossomed into a spinto with vivid colors, Ms. Soviero became a compelling interpreter of the verismo repertoire. She created a gallery of unforgettable operatic portraits in performances at leading international opera houses including The Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, Vienna Staatsoper, Opéra national de Paris, Opéra de Paris Bastille, Hamburg Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Chicago Lyric Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and San Francisco Opera.

Opera Magazine proclaimed Ms. Soviero as “One of the world’s great singing actresses.” Guided by her husband, stage director Bernard Uzan, she mastered the vocal and acting skills required to make roles come alive on the operatic stage. She is particularly renowned for her interpretations of Puccini’s heroines, including Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterly, Mimì and Musetta in La bohème, Liù in Turandot, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, and the title roles in ToscaManon Lescaut, and Suor Angelica. She is also esteemed for her work in the French repertoire, having sung such roles as Marquerite in Faust, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette and the title role in Manon. Other critically acclaimed leading roles include Violetta in La traviata, Nedda in Pagliacci, Margherita in Mefistofele, and Maddalena in Andrea Chenier. Her poignant death scenes remain indelibly imprinted in the memory of all who saw her in roles such as Fedora, Suor Angelica, and Adriana Lecouvreur. Her final stage appearance was as Mrs. Desrochers in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking at Baltimore Opera.

Ms. Soviero recorded the definitive album Verismo, on Analekta Recordings, with l’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Montréal, conducted by Joseph Rescigno. Verismo includes standard arias from Verismo classics such as Madama Butterfly and Cavalleria rusticana to more exclusive works including Leoncavallo’s Zaza and Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur. She was also a part of Telarc Records’ compilation recordings Divine Sopranos and Classics of the Silver Screen, performing various signature repertoire including “Un bel di vedremo” from Madama Butterfly, “O mio babbino caro” from Gianni Schicchi, and “Ebben?… Ne andrò lontana” from La Wally, with Erich Kunzel conducting the Cincinnati Pops. In addition, Ms. Soviero performed Madame Raquin in the world première of Tobias Picker’s Thérèse Raquin, which was recorded live with the Dallas Opera, and released on the Chandos label.

Recently, Ms. Soviero has dedicated herself to teaching singers with the same passion that characterized her singing and acting career. She has taught many of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists, giving both private lessons in her Manhattan Studio and Master Classes across the country.  She frequently conducts Master Classes with prestigious companies and festivals such as Glimmerglass Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opéra Montréal, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Palm Beach Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Tampa; institutes and conservatories such as Academy of Vocal Arts, the Mannes School of Music, El Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, The VOICExperience with Sherrill Milnes, The Israeli Institute, and universities throughout the United States, including the University of Hawaii (in conjunction with Hawaii Opera Theater), the University of Wisconsin,  Université de Montréal, Lawrence University, and University of Missouri-Kansas City.

She was the Director of the Young Artist Studio at Florida Grand Opera and has been a yearly participant in Joan Dornemann’s International Voice Program in France, Israel, Canada, Virginia, and Puerto Rico.  In addition, she has been an annual judge for the Metropolitan National Council Auditions and the Richard Tucker Competition, and has participated in the MET broadcasts as a panelist on various issues.

In June of 2011, she was awarded the V.E.R.A. (Voice Education Research Award) Award from The Voice Foundation, hailed as a Master Teacher and is now an official member of the board of directors.  In September, 2012 she received A Lifetime Achievement Award from The Giulio Gari Foundation, and was also named an official Voice Instructor for the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera. In May 2014, Diana was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Gerda Lissner Foundation.

To schedule Ms. Soviero for a Master Class or for a private voice lesson or consultation, please contact info@uzanartists.com.

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