Dr. Diane Thueson Reich
Guest artist, master teacher and professional soprano
Diane Thueson Reich, soprano, is the Division Coordinator for Classical Voice at Brigham Young University, where she also teaches Vocal and Opera Literature. She has previously taught and been the Director of Opera at Central Washington University. She has earned doctoral and master’s degrees from Indiana University.
At home in the concert hall or opera stage she has appeared in major operatic roles such as Marguerite in Faust, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, the title role in Strauss’ Arabella, Nanetta in Falstaff, Rosina in The Ghosts of Versailles, Mimì in La Bohème, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Valenncienne in The Merry Widow, and Antonia in The Tales of Hoffman.
Diane has performed with professional opera and theater companies, including the Utah Festival Opera Company, Opera West, Indiana University Opera Theater, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma City, Utah Lyric Opera, and River City Players. She created the role of Rosamond in the world premiere of Michael Valenti’s opera, Beau Nash, performed with Portland Chamber Orchestra. Diane has been a guest artist with Icicle Creek Music Festival, Third Angle Ensemble in Portland, OR; and also appeared with the Yakima and Walla Walla Symphonies, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Utah Chamber Orchestra, Indiana University Philharmonic, and Indiana State and Utah State University orchestras, as well as soloing in the northwest premiere of George Crumb’s Star Child in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall.
Diane was a featured soloist with Vietnam National Opera and Ballet Company in Hanoi, a guest soloist with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in Russia, and has recently sung several concerts throughout Vietnam and China. She has been a multiple Metropolitan Opera Audition winner in both the Utah and Indiana Districts, and won first place in the Vera Scammon International S.O.S. Voice Competition. She has been the recipient of numerous scholarship and academic awards as well. Diane’s research endeavors have led her to be a leading authority on the vocal music of contemporary composer Henry Mollicone.