With an extensive background in music, dance, and theatre, Diana Farrell has garnered attention for her insightful and sensitive work as a stage director and vocal coach. She is the Artistic Director for Lyric Opera of Orange County and has become a frequent judge and panelist for competitions, grant committees,
and young artist training programs around the country. In addition to Lyric Opera OC, she has created stage productions for Pacific Lyric Association, and Opera Western Reserve among others.
As a singer, Diana has been hailed for her “golden voice.” Her most recent stage performances include the titular role of Puccini’s Tosca, Magda in Menotti’s The Consul, and Verdi’s Lady Macbeth, for which her “passionate intensity…” earned high praise as she “consistently sang with beauty and sensitivity.” She has also appeared in the roles of Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Contessa Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Micaëla (Carmen), Anna Maurrant (Street Scene), Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Miriam (Lee Hoiby’s The Scarf), and the title role of Amelia Goes to the Ball, among others, with companies such as The Crested Butte Music Festival, Nightingale Opera Theatre, and Simsbury Light Opera.
When not focusing on opera, Diana performs with the Pacific Chorale. Highlights from recent concert engagements include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony Soprano Soloist with Poway Symphony Orchestra, Soprano soloist on Mozart’s Requiem and Sant Saen’s Oratorio de Noel with Centre Chorale, a performance of Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été with the Dana Symphony Orchestra, an appearance with the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra, and Strauss’ Vier Lied with Peninsula Symphony Orchestra. Diana is the winner of multiple awards throughout her career, completing her formal studies with an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music.