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Diane Squires has been described as a “Bay Area treasure.” She made her Lyric Theatre debut singing in the chorus as a high school student. Her subsequent performances with the group include leads in Gilbert and Sullivan shows- Josephine (HMS Pinafore), Yum Yum (The Mikado) and Celia (Iolanthe)- as well as operetta roles such as Adele in Die Fledermaus and the title role of Mademoiselle Modiste. She is especially proud to have been part of two recent Lyric Theatre Discovery shows playing the title role in Erminie and Dolores in Florodora. In 2010 she sang the leading role of Bo Peep in Lyric Theatre’s production of Babes in Toyland.
Diane's opera credits include roles at Mission City Opera where she has played Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Musetta (La Boheme) and the Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute.). She has been a soloist in Carmina Burana with the Stanford Symphony and Chorus and the Jin Xing Dance Theatre, appeared in North Bay Opera’s Les Contes D’Hoffmann as Olympia and was the Bird’s Voice in Trinity Lyric Opera’s West Coast premiere of The Pilgrim’s Progress. She particularly enjoys singing opera in English and has played leading roles with Solo Opera in The Medium (Monica, The Old Maid and the Thief (Laetitia) and The Telephone (Lucy.) She made her West Bay Opera debut as Flora in a critically praised production of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw.
In 2007, Diane won first place in the aria division at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Festival. She has performed in over twenty languages including two that are fictional (Klingon, High Elvish) and has been heard as a soloist in five different countries. She has also appeared in a featured role in Jarvis Conservatory’s internationally telecast production of La Rosa del Azafran. In additional to performing opera, she has performed in musical theatre and enjoys singing Celtic music.