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Diane Thueson Reich, soprano, is an Assistant Professor of Voice and teaches vocal and opera literature at Brigham Young University. She has previously taught and been the Director of Opera at Central Washington University. She earned doctoral and master’s degrees from Indiana University
At home in the concert hall or on the opera stage, she has appeared in major operatic roles such as Marguerite in Faust, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, the title role in Strauss’ Arabella, Nanetta in Falstaff, Rosina in The Ghosts of Versailles, Mimì in La Bohème, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Valenncienne in The Merry Widow, and Antonia in The Tales of Hoffman. Dr. Reich has performed with professional opera and theater companies, including the Utah Festival Opera Company, Opera West, Indiana University Opera Theater, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma City, and River City Players. She created the role of Rosamond in the world premiere of Michael Valenti’s opera, Beau Nash, performed with Portland Chamber Orchestra.
Dr. Reich has been a guest artist with Icicle Creek Music Festival and Third Angle Ensemble in Portland, Oregon, and has also appeared with the Yakima and Walla Walla symphonies, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Utah Chamber Orchestra, Indiana University Philharmonic, and Indiana State and Utah State University orchestras, as well as soloing in the Northwest premiere of George Crumb’s Star Child in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. Dr. Reich was a featured soloist with Vietnam National Opera and Ballet Company in Hanoi and a guest artist with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in Russia.
She has been a multiple Metropolitan Opera Audition winner in both the Utah and Indiana Districts and won first place in the Vera Scammon International S.O.S. Voice Competition. She has been the recipient of numerous scholarship and academic awards as well. Dr. Reich’s research endeavors have led her to be a leading authority on the vocal music of contemporary composer Henry Mollicone.
BM/BME Vocal Performance, Music Education, Utah State University, 1994
MM, Vocal Performance, Indiana University School of Music, 1997
DM, Voice, Indiana University School of Music, 2003