Widely praised on both sides of the Atlantic for a voice with ‘thrilling technical bravura’ (Gramophone) that is ‘warm, plush, full and eminently smooth, with an air of nobility and grace’ (San Francisco Classical Voice), British mezzo-soprano Diana Moore is a firm favourite with orchestras and audiences alike for her ‘complete command of straightforward expressive singing’ (American Handel Society). She enjoys a varied and international career of opera, oratorio and concert performances, and is a popular soloist at many major music festivals.
Best known for her extensive experience with the Baroque repertoire, Diana’s approach - infused with a keen musical intelligence and ‘emotional depth’ (The Guardian) - has led to repeat engagements with many of the world’s leading classical and early music ensembles, including Collegium 1705, the English Concert, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Orchestra Romantique et Revolutionaire, and collaborations with such eminent conductors as Nicholas McGegan, Marin Alsop, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Trevor Pinnock and Sir Roger Norrington.
A recognised Handelian, Diana has performed many roles including the eponymous hero of Rinaldo at the Göttingen International Handel Festival, Vlaamse Oper, Opera de Versailles and the National Theatre Prague; Sesto in Giulio Cesare at Göttingen; and Medoro in Orlando at Drottningholm Court Theatre (Stockholm), San Francisco, New York, Ferrara, and Tanglewood and Ravinia Festivals. She has appeared at many of the leading European Baroque Festivals with performances of Handel’s Oratorio and choral works, and performed Messiah in North America at venues including Kimmel Centre in Philadelphia, Meyerhoff Concert Hall in Baltimore, National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Strathmore Concert Hall in Washington and the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Diana returns to Göttingen this year to sing the title role in The Choice of Hercules with Lawrence Cummings.
Equally adept in later musical styles and genres, Diana has become a leading exponent of English music, both in oratorio, concert and recital work, and in particular in the music of Edward Elgar. She has performed The Dream of Gerontius at venues including York Minster, London’s Royal Albert Hall and the Cathedrals of Ely, Gloucester, Winchester, and Coventry; Sea Pictures at Gloucester and Guildford Cathedrals, St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, and with San Francisco Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; and The Music Makers at Guildford and Chichester Cathedrals.
Other recent engagements of note include selections from Mahler’s Das Knaben Wunderhorn at the SAGE with Royal Northern Sinfonia, Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody at Chichester Cathedral, Mendelssohn’s Elijah at Barbican Centre, and the modern day premiere of Scarlatti’s La Gloria di Primavera (Primavera) at Carnegie Hall and Tanglewood Festival, and Handel’s Orlando with the English Concert in Ferrara.
Diana is a critically acclaimed and enthusiastic recitalist and is building a reputation for developing innovative programmes that entertain and move audiences. Amongst these, she has researched and created Wearing the Trousers - the extraordinary women who inspired Handel’s travesti roles, Feminine Charms, which shines a spotlight on Britain’s largely unknown female composers and their music, and, most notably, her ever popular A Celebration of Kathleen Ferrier - Her Life, Letters & Music, which has received the enthusiatic endorsement of the Kathleen Ferrier Society.
Diana is featured on several Award-winning recordings, including Scarlatti’s recently unnearthed Serenata, La Gloria di Primavera, with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, which was awarded ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone Magazine. Her recording of Handel’s Il Parnasso in Festa with The King’s Consort and conductor, Matthew Halls, won the Stanley Sadie Handel Recording Prize. She can also be heard on recordings of Mozart’s Requiem with Winchester College and the London Mozart Players on Convivium Records, Handel’s Messiah with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on Naxos, to be released in December 2018, and as the title role in Handel’s Joseph and His Brethren, recorded by Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan OBE, to be released in Autumn 2018.