Outstanding British mezzo-soprano Diana Montague has been enjoying one of the most distinguished and prolific careers in leading opera houses, concert venues and recording studios. Engagements have led her to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the Metropolitan Opera, New York; La Monnaie, Brussels; Opéra de Paris; Rome Opera; and the Bayreuth, Glyndebourne and Salzburg Festivals, to name a few.
This season Montague returns to the Metropolitan Opera for two extensive runs as Gertude in Bartlett Sher’s acclaimed production of Roméo et Juliette. Last season Montague revived one of her signature roles as Mrs Grose The Turn of the Screw at Zürich Opera before returning to Covent Garden to perform Larina in Kasper Holten’s production of Eugene Onegin at Royal Opera House, which she reprised at Dorset Opera Festival in summer 2016.
Opera engagements have included Gertrude Hänsel und Gretel and Gertrude Romeo et Juliette with Roberto Alagna and Sonya Yoncheva; as well as Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro for Dallas Opera; Larina in a new production of Eugene Onegin at Angers Nantes Opéra; Marta Iolanta in both Opéra de Lyon and in Peter Sellers’ production at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Benvenuto Cellini for Rome Opera; Iphigénie en Tauride in Madrid and with Welsh National Opera; Albert Herring, Le nozze di Figaro, Rossini Ermione and Ludmilla in Smetana The Bartered Bride for Glyndebourne; Le Comte Ory in Lausanne and Rome and for Glyndebourne; Monteverdi Orfeo and Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria for De Nederlandse Opera; Sesto La clemenza di Tito in Madrid and Athens; Marguerite La Damnation de Faust in Geneva; Composer Ariadne auf Naxos for Scottish Opera and Lisbon; the title role in Handel Susannah with Andrew Davis and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Meg Page in Verdi Falstaff, The Bartered Bride and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Royal Opera House (ROH); Octavian Der Rosenkavalier for English National Opera (ENO) in Bilbao and in Madrid; Marguerite in Vienna; Idomeneo in Bilbao; and Le nozze di Figaro for La Monnaie and Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg.
On the concert platform she has performed with leading conductors including Sir Georg Solti, James Levine, Riccardo Muti, John Eliot Gardiner and Seiji Ozawa. Notable highlights include Mozart C Minor Mass at the Salzburg Festival and at concerts in London and Vienna with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Beethoven Symphony No.9 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Ravel Shéhérazade and Mozart C Minor Mass in Madrid; and Elgar Sea Pictures in Antwerp and with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Diana Montague's recordings include Bellini I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Bruno Campanella/Nuova Era) and Norma (Richard Bonynge/Decca); Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor (Bonynge/Teldec); Franck Les Béatitudes (Helmuth Rilling/Hänssler); Gluck Iphigénie en Tauride (John Eliot Gardiner/Phillips); Handel Dixit Dominus and Nisi Dominus (Simon Preston/Deutsche Grammophon); Janáček The Cunning Little Vixen (Simon Rattle/EMI); Monteverdi Orfeo (Gardiner/DG); Mozart Idomeneo and Le nozze di Figaro (David Parry/Chandos); Rossini Le Comte Ory (Gardiner/Phillips); Strauss Der Rosenkavalier (Parry/Chandos); and a solo CD of French repertory and a CD devoted to nineteenth-century bel canto rarities.
Further recent opera engagements include Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro for ROH, Glyndebourne, ENO and Zürich Opera and Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst; Storge Jephtha at Welsh National Opera; La Haine Gluck’s Armide for Dutch National Opera and Gertrude Hänsel und Gretel at Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, Marthe Faust at ROH; Miss Prism in the world staged premiere of Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest at Opéra National de Lorraine; Larina Eugene Onegin at ROH and Glyndebourne; Gertrude Roméo et Juliette at the ROH; Venus The Coronation of Poppea and Ericlea The Return of Ulysses for ENO; Carmela I Gioelli della Madonna for Opera Holland Park, Damira in the UK premiere of Vivaldi’s La verita in cimento for Garsington Opera; and Mrs Grose The Turn of the Screw at Opera Holland Park.
Gertrude Romeo et Juliette
The Metropolitan Opera
Evening Standard, July 2014
Diana Montague’s Mrs Grose effortlessly holds the stage.
Seen and Heard International, September 2012
Diana Montague was a powerful presence, visually and musically, as Storgè, utterly believable in emotional terms, exact and intelligently varied in her singing (not least in ‘Scenes of horror, scenes of woe’).
Opera, September 2015
Diana Montague was in vibrant voice as Martha