Friday, September 16, 2011

Presenting Diana Kelly Eiler As Baba The Turk!

Diana Kelly Eiler/ Baba the Turk

Diana began vocal study as a soprano, majoring in vocal performance at Heidelberg College, where she received the Ohl Prize and Hoernemann academic awards, as well as making her professional debuts with the Toledo Opera in Babes in Toyland and Findlay Light Opera in The Gondoliers while still a student.

She was a N.A.T.S. Great Lakes Regional winner, Jessye Norman Award recipient, and semi-finalist in the Friedrich Schorr Opera Star Search. A brief stint in musical theatre with roles such as Lily in The Secret Garden and Christine in Phantom brought her the Anthony Award for Best Actress.

Diana made the transition to mezzo and alto literature as a concert and oratorio soloist, performing multiple renditions of standards such as Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria, and Mendelssohn's Elijah; she was also regularly featured by the Fort Wayne Bach Collegium as soloist in the B Minor Mass, Saint John Passion and Saint Matthew Passion, as well as a variety of Bach's sacred cantatas.

Diana was first heard in the greater Madison area in Bach's Magnificat as a guest of the U.W. Choral Union, with the Madison Symphony Chorus both as an ensemble singer and soloist in Rutter's Gloria, Mozart's Missa in F Major and Kodaly's Missa Brevis, and as part of the Stoughton Opera Company, performed the countertenor solo in Orff's Carmina Burana. She has appeared with Fresco Opera Theatre in Dueling Divas II, and made her Opera for the Young debut as Jezibaba and the Foreign Princess in Rusalka. She will join OFY again as the Mother/Witch in their 2011-12 tour of Hansel and Gretel. In addition to singing, Diana plays viola with Cassiopeia String Quartet.

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