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Diana Walker-Neve

As the youngest contestant, Diana Walker was awarded second prize in the International American Music Competition at Carnegie Hall, signaling the arrival of an important young artist. On that occasion the New York Times wrote: "Miss Walker had the most impressive voice — a strong, beautiful soprano with a gleaming accuracy everywhere in its range." Since then, Miss Walker has distinguished herself in a variety of roles with many opera companies. At New York City Opera she has performed many roles, including her debut at age 25 as Leila in LES PERCHEURS DE PERLES; Gilda in RIGOLETTO, Adele in DIE FLEDERMAUS, Micaela in CARMEN, Barbara in Argento’s CASANOVA, Marsinah in KISMET, and sang and danced as Ninette in L’AMOUR DES TROIS ORANGES. With Seattle Opera she was hailed for her performances of the title roles in THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE and LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR. Other favorite performances include Kathie in THE STUDENT PRINCE with Baltimore Operetta Renaissance, Natalie in THE MERRY WIDOW with Chattanooga Opera, and Laetitia in THE OLD MAID AND THE THIEF with St. Louis Opera. As well as giving concerts, she has performed with the Opera Companies of her two home towns: In Kansas City she impressed audiences and composers alike with her portrayals of Abigail in Robert Ward’s THE CRUCIBLE, and again in the extremely demanding singing/dancing role of Ariel in Lee Hoiby’s THE TEMPEST; in Utah she debuted as the Queen of the Night, in DIE ZAUBERFLOTE. Miss Walker made her European oper

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