Diana Montague, Mezzo

One of the most distinguished artists of her generation, Diana Montague’s reputation is firmly established in the opera house, on the concert platform and in the recording studio.

Montague has appeared in the world's leading opera houses and concert halls including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the Metropolitan Opera, New York; La Monnaie, Brussels; Opéra de Paris; Rome Opera; and at the Bayreuth, Glyndebourne and Salzburg Festivals.

Her repertoire includes the major roles in operas by Mozart, Gluck, Strauss, Rossini, Bellini and Berlioz. Opera engagements have included Benvenuto Cellini for Rome Opera; Iphigénie en Tauride in Madrid and with Welsh National Opera; Albert Herring, Le nozze di Figaro, Rossini Ermione and Ludmilla in Smetana The Bartered Bride for Glyndebourne; Le Comte Ory in Lausanne and Rome and for Glyndebourne; Monteverdi Orfeo and Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria for De Nederlandse Opera; Sesto La clemenza di Tito in Madrid and Athens; Marguerite La Damnation de Faust in Geneva; Composer Ariadne auf Naxos for Scottish Opera and Lisbon; the title role in Handel Susannah with Andrew Davis and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Meg Page in Verdi Falstaff, The Bartered Bride and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Royal Opera House (ROH); Octavian Der Rosenkavalier for English National Opera (ENO), in Bilbao and in Madrid; Marguerite in Vienna; Idomeneo in Bilbao; and Le nozze di Figaro for La Monnaie and Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg.

Montague’s concert engagements have included performances with leading conductors including Sir Georg Solti, James Levine, Riccardo Muti, John Eliot Gardiner and Seiji Ozawa and have included Mozart C Minor Mass at the Salzburg Festival and at concerts in London and Vienna with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Beethoven Symphony No.9 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Ravel Shéhérazade and Mozart C Minor Mass in Madrid; and Elgar Sea Pictures in Antwerp.

Diana Montague's recordings include Bellini I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Bruno Campanella/Nuova Era) and Norma (Richard Bonynge/Decca); Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor (Bonynge/Teldec); Franck Les Béatitudes (Helmuth Rilling/Hänssler); Gluck Iphigénie en Tauride (John Eliot Gardiner/Phillips); Handel Dixit Dominus and Nisi Dominus (Simon Preston/Deutsche Grammophon); Janacek The Cunning Little Vixen (Simon Rattle/EMI); Monteverdi Orfeo (Gardiner/DG); Mozart Idomeneo and Le nozze di Figaro (David Parry/Chandos); Rossini Le Comte Ory (Gardiner/Phillips); Strauss Der Rosenkavalier (Parry/Chandos); and a solo CD of French repertory and a CD devoted to 19th-century bel canto rarities. 

Recent opera engagements include Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro for the ROH, Glyndebourne, ENO and the Zürich Opera and Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst; Madame Larina Eugene Onegin at the ROH; Venus The Coronation of Poppea for ENO; Gertrude Roméo et Juliette for the ROH; Elgar Sea Pictures with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Ericlea The Return of Ulysses for ENO; and Damira in the UK premiere of Vivaldi’s La verita in cimento for Garsington Opera. Engagements in 2011-12 and beyond include roles for the ROH (Larina Onegin in a new production by the Director of Opera, Kasper Holten, and Dame Marthe Faust), ENO (Larina Onegin in a new production by Deborah Warner), Garsington Opera, Welsh National Opera (Storge Jephtha), Dallas Opera (Marcellina Figaro) and Glyndebourne (Larina Onegin).