Now residing in the Washington DC area, British Soprano Diane Atherton has garnered attention for her rich, yet sparkling soprano, full of dramatic poise yet stylish interpretation. The Washington Post applauded her for her “silvery and winsome” performance in a concert with the US Army Chorus and the Countertenor David Daniels.
Besides singing in every major concert hall in the British Isles, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Miss Atherton has toured extensively throughout Europe, recorded for television and radio as well as many of the major record labels. Her vocal dexterity and flexibility illustrated by the wide range of repertoire she has sung.
Roles performed include Lola in Galantry with The Forgotten Opera Company; Gilda, Rigoletto at the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Adele, Die Fledermaus in France ; Eve in The Garden, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London; Tytania, A MIdsummer Night's Dream, The Hampton Court Festival,UK; Ist Priestess in Gluck’s Iphigènie en Tauride at the Royal Opera House and in Athens with Marc Minkowski; Belinda in Dido and Aeneas at the Alba Festival in Italy; Micaela and Frasquita touring with Opera East in the UK.
Diane is also becoming increasingly well known for her interpretation of Mozart roles; Such as Aminta in Il Re Pastore at Aldeburgh with Tamas Vasary; Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at Opera Holland Park and at the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte with Opera a la Carte in Ireland; Zerlina in Don Giovanni with British Youth Opera ; Pamina, 1st Lady, 1st Boy, Papagena and Barbarina also with Travelling Opera.
Recent performances in the USA on the concert platform include Angelo with Baroque Band in La Resurectione and Handel’s Messiah. Bruckner’s Te Deum with Norman Scribner at the Kennedy Center; Carmina Burana with Reilly Lewis at Washington National Cathedral and Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate with Mike McCarthy.
In Europe; Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (Bournemouth Sinfonietta) conducted by Tamas Vasary; numerous performances of Handel's Messiah - recorded for HTV in Wales and toured in Spain and Italy; Purcell's "Fairie Queen” (recorded for Naxos) ; Handel’s Samson; Mahler’s Eight Symphony; Vaughan-Williams’s Serenade to Music as well as a variety of Bach Cantatas plus concerts of masses around the UK by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Rossini, Gounod, Poulenc and Tippett.; concerts and a recording with EMI of Janacek’s The Diary of One Who Vanished with Ian Bostridge and Ruby Philogene; She also made her Italian debut under the director Gabriele Ferro in the Teatro di San Carlo, Naples singing Rhapsodia by Aldo Clementi.