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Coloratura soprano Díana Thompson is lauded for her “aplomb and sparkling” vocal pyrotechnics and her nuanced character portrayals. In 2011, Díana made her professional operatic debut in the role of Adele in Strauss II's Die Fledermaus. Since then, she has amassed an array of soprano roles that range from the loving maid, Belinda, in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas 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, Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Miss Silverpeal in Mozart's Die Schauspieldirektor, Sister Genevieve in Puccini's Suor Angelica, Puccini’s Yvette/Georgette in La rondine,
Beth & Amy in Mark Adamo's Little Women, Millie in Libby Larsen's Picnic, Vi in Gershwin's Blue Monday, and Mrs. McDowell in Hailstork's Rise for Freedom.
Díana made her international debut in Geneva, Switzerland with L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève and has also sung in New York City, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Vermont, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. She has been a soprano soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Cantata 4, Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, excerpts from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. In 2015, Díana made her Musical Theatre debut as Sarah in Flaherty’s iconic Ragtime.
This October, Díana made her debut in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti with the University of Georgia's Opera Theatre, Symphony Orchestra, and Hodgson Singers in a semi-staged production of the full opera.
Díana is currently a Doctoral Candidate in her final year of the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of Georgia as a Presidential Graduate Fellow. She holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Augusta State University.