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Diana Montague



Diana Montague in action.
Diana Montague in Faust, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

British mezzo-soprano Diana Montague made her Royal Opera debut in 1979 as Tebaldo (Don Carlo), returning the same year to sing Third Flowermaiden (Parsifal). She has since sung roles including Nicklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Annio (La clemenza di Tito), Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen), Wellgunde (Der Ring des Nibelungen), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Meg Page (Falstaff), Háta (The Bartered Bride), Magdalene (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), Madame Larina (Eugene Onegin), Gertrude (Roméo et Juliette) and Marthe Schwertlein (Faust) for The Royal Opera, in a collaboration of 40 years’ standing. In the 2018/19 Season she returns to sing Marcellina.

Montague was born in Winchester and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. She made her professional debut as Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Glyndebourne on Tour in 1977 and has since sung for companies including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Teatro Real, Madrid, Opéra de Lyon, Zürich Opera, La Monnaie, Brussels, and at the Bayreuth, Aix-en-Provence, Glyndebourne and Salzburg festivals, among others. Her repertory has included all the major mezzo-soprano Mozart roles and Iphigénie (Iphigénie en Tauride), Isolier (Le Comte Ory), Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) and the Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos). Her more recent repertory also includes Carmela (I gioielli della Madonna), Marta (Iolanta), Mrs Sedley (Peter Grimes) and Mrs Grose (The Turn of the Screw).

Montague has sung in concert with leading conductors, in such repertory as Mozart’s C Minor Mass and Ravel’s Shéhérazade, and recorded prolifically for major record labels.