Release of Stephen Dodgson cd - 'Margaret Catchpole'

February 14, 2021

Recorded in August 2019 at Snape Maltings, this disc celebrating Stephen's Dodgson's Suffolk themed opera, 'Margaret Catchpole - Two worlds apart' has just been released on the Naxos label. As a Suffolk girl myself, the exploration of this legend has actually enhanced my appreciation of my home county, especially when looking at the Cobbold family's life in Ipswich, where I was born. I play Mrs Cobbold, Margaret's loyal and long-suffering employer. We had a lot of fun working on this project, which I hope can be heard in this debut recording. Click here to visit Amazon.

'Ferrier Favourites' concert available to watch online

November 29, 2020

In mid November, John Reid and I gave a lunchtime recital as part of an initiative called 'Artists and Residents' - a scheme that provides live-streamed performances each week that can be signed into for free by Care Homes and Hospices across the country, and also friends and families of residents. To chime in with the theme of Remembrance Day, we decided to perform a shortened version of our evening recital dedicated to the Life and Music of Kathleen Ferrier - this time, focussing on the musical content but still featuring a short narrative. To hear the concert, visit the Artists and Residents Youtube channel.

Making music again

September 27, 2020

Finding a way to continue to perform has been one of the major challenges of the pandemic. I've been working with Daniel Norman of Positive Note films to find a way to bring live musicmaking back into view. I'm excited to announce that my programme, 'A Voice of One's Own' will be premiered on October 30th as part of a series of films featuring international musicians including The Gesualdo Six, the Mitsu Trio and Roderick Williams.

A quiet time - for now

March 30, 2020

What a time this is! Although the performances have stopped for the moment, I'm continuing to prepare music for the future and will be updating my recordings on this site very soon. I'll also be adding some video and interviews so do keep checking in. Please keep safe and well!

Stellar review for performances at Houston Symphony

December 26, 2019

Last week's performances in Houston were rewarded with this lovely review by Steven Brown in the Texas Classical Review

Mezzo-soprano Diana Moore stood out for her sheer warmth–something that countertenors, for all their positives, can rarely match when they take charge of the same arias. She spun out Handel’s melodies with an eloquence and finesse that gained even more power from her clear diction. Friday’s most arresting moments may have come in 'He was despised', when Moore intoned two simple, unaccompanied phrases–a return to the aria’s opening words–with a simplicity and stillness that made it seem as if she were singing to each member of the audience individually. But Moore also gave the music impact when that was called for. Her voice welled up dynamically in 'For He is like a refiner’s fire', the explosion in the middle of 'But who may abide', and she sang with a bite that captured the brutal picture of 'He gave His back to the smiters.'

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Last minute step in leads to Five star review

December 11, 2019

A last minute step-in for a sick colleague at the weekend has led to a 5 star review in! It was a real pleasure to sing in Nottingham Harmonic Choir's Annual Messiah concert, which brought the audience to their feet at the end. William Ruff writes: 'Contralto Diana Moore relished Handel’s word-painting, tenderly singing of lambs and shepherds at one moment and then vividly recalling the horrors of the crucifixion the next... her eye-contact with the audience was a vital part of the effect.' Click here to read the full review.

Five Star Review of Saturday's Gerontius

December 2, 2019

Saturday's concert received a Five Star Review from Christopher Morley, after, in his words, "one of the most moving of the many performances of Elgar's Dream of Gerontius I have heard over half a century. Diana Moore was serenely radiant as Gerontius' guardian Angel, quietly ecstatic in her intensity as her charge approached his Judgment. Her Farewell, underscored by choral entreaties and praises, was like a sacrament." Click here to read full review

Wonderful review for 'Joseph' in Opera News

November 29, 2019

Philharmonia Baroque's latest disc with Nicolas McGegan - Joseph and His Brethren by Handel - continues to receive great reviews. The latest is from Opera News, a publication of the Metropolitain Opera Guild. I'm thrilled to have been picked out as leading "this recording’s stylistically expert cast" and praised for "soothingly velvety timbre, elegant musicality and innate dignity." Enlarge article to read full review.

Lovely review for Joseph 'sans Dreamcoat'!

July 20, 2019

Very pleased to post this review from San Francisco Classical Voice on the release of my latest Handel disc with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Nicholas McGegan, Joseph & His Brethren. "Diana Moore is simply perfect, her crystalline diction making it possible to distinguish every word she sings."

As Holofernes, Diana Moore combined military grandeur and suave seductiveness into a superb portrait of a warrior at play on the fields of love.

Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

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