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Lyric coloratura soprano, Díana Thompson-Brewer, is lauded for her “aplomb and sparkling '' vocal pyrotechnics and her nuanced character portrayals. Díana made her professional operatic debut in the role of Adele in Strauss II's Die Fledermaus and has since amassed an array of soprano roles that range from the pinnacle of coloratura sopranos - Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor - to the fiercest queen of all opera - Queen of the Night in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. Other operatic credits include Zerbinetta from Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, Susanna in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Musetta in Puccini's La bohème, Mlle Silberklang in Mozart's Die Schauspieldirektor, Sister Genevieve in Puccini's Suor Angelica, Beth & Amy in Mark Adamo's Little Women, Millie in Libby Larsen's Picnic, Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Vi in Gershwin's Blue Monday, Mrs. McDowell in Hailstork's Rise for Freedom, and Eden in the world premiere of Galaxies in Her Eyes.
Díana has performed with L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Opera Carolina, Greensboro Opera, Opera Wilmington, Miami Lyric Opera, Augusta Opera, GLOW, and other regional companies and festivals. In addition to opera, Díana has been a soprano soloist in Haydn’s The Creation, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Cantata 4, Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and also made her Musical Theatre debut as Sarah in Flaherty’s iconic musical Ragtime.
This coming season, Díana's upcoming roles and engagements include appearing as Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Wilmington, Musetta in La bohème with Greensboro Opera, Magda in La rondine with Mobile Opera, Clara in Porgy and Bess with North Carolina Opera, and Soprano Soloist in Carmina Burana with Georgia Symphony Orchestra.
Díana holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Georgia (Presidential Fellow), a Master of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Augusta State University, all in Vocal Performance.