American Mezzo-Soprano Diana Tash appears in both operatic roles onstage, and as a featured soloist, gaining popularity in recital with renowned pianist Armen Guzelimian. This season, Tash records Baroque duets with famed countertenor Brian Asawa. Her varied career has spanned both the soprano and mezzo repertoire. Recent performances have been singing the alto solos with The Santa Barbara Chorale Society in Handel's Messiah this past December 2012, Long Beach Opera In Medea in 2011 and at Sacramento Opera as Medoro in Orlando in November 2010. Upcoming engagements include a September 2013 Collegiate Tour in Tenessee and Mississippi with award winning composer Maria Newman.
Solo performances (with Guzelimian at the piano) include her Carnegie Hall Recital in 2008, and her Los Angeles recital at Zipper Hall in 2006, a live recording of which was released as the full-length CD "Diana Tash In Recital" in March 2009 with LML Records. In 2012 with Guzelimian and NY Philharmonic principal violist Cynthia Phelps at MAHMA in Malibu, CA and in a recital for Santa Barbara Opera in December 2011, preceeded by a concert with the well known Viklarbo Quartet headed by award winning Composer and violinist Maria Newman. In September 2011, Ms Tash was joined by Internationally known countertenor Brian Asawa and pianist Armen Guzelimian in a Duo Recital at the Colburn School , and in October 2011, a mini tour of The Baroque Project in San Francisco and Los Angeles with countertenor Brian Asawa .
Her mezzo stage work has been hailed as "radiant" by the LA Times, "stylish" by the San Diego Union and "skillful" by the NY times. She is a Southern California radio favorite, having recurred for many years (as both mezzo and soprano) on "Sundays Live at LACMA" on KCSN 88.5FM. The Japanese Website, Opera Japonica, calls Diana's singing "honeyed" and "colorful."
Solo work in '09 has included Mendelssohn's Elijah with LA Master Chorale at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and a rare performance of Leonard Bernstein's Jeremiah (for mezzo- soprano and orchestra) with The Akron Symphony in Ohio. She has performed the Mozart Requiem in '09 and '08, and the Bach Magnificat in '07, all with the Santa Barbara Chorale Society, and covered the mezzo role in John Adam's El Niño for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2005.
Mezzo roles include Mercedes in Carmen at LA Opera, conducted by Placido Domingo in'04. With Long Beach Opera '03, she sang Ariadne in Milhaud's L'Abandon d'Ariadne, and Mastrilla in Offenbach's La Perichole. Other credits include The Magic Flute, at both San Diego Opera and Opera Pacific. In a pair of trousers, audiences have seen her as Hansel, in Hansel und Gretel at San Luis Obispo Opera '06, and as Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera with LA Opera '93.
Diana's past soprano work includes roles in: Elektra, Der Rosenkavalier, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Entfürung aus dem Serial, L'Italiana in Algeri and Cosí fan Tutte-all performed during her years as a resident artist with LA Opera. At the Alderburgh Festival in Suffolk, England, she sang soprano roles in Elegy for Young Lovers (English Libretto) and in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia. Work at the Aspen Music Festival
included Mozart's Idomeneo, with Lawrence Foster conducting, and Coronation Mass, with Joel Revzen conducting. Her soprano work in Lukas Foss' Song of Songs with the LA Jewish Symphony won critical reviews from the LA Times, who remarked that she sang "with point."
Diana is a graduate of USC's Thornton School of Music, was a winner at the Metropolitan Opera's Western Regional Auditions, and has a Masters Degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York.