Diane McEwen-Martin has been gaining a solid reputation as a soprano with a consistently rich, beautiful and full voice. Regarding Diane’s most recent role as Stéphano in Opera Carolina’s 2007 production of Roméo et Juliette, Opera News said “she provided the most satisfying vocalism” and “her singing matched her appropriate acting.” The Ann Arbor News remarked, “Ms. McEwen-Martin is a standout.” She is able to command the stage whether playing a queen, an angel, or a possessed teen.
Recent engagements for Ms. McEwen-Martin have been the esteemed performance of Sharon Graham in the Toledo Repertory Theatre’s production of Master Class, as well as Flora in La Traviata, and Musetta in La Boheme for Arbor Opera Theater. In addition, she sang the role of Papagena in The Magic Flute for both Piedmont Opera and Opera Carolina, as well as Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for the latter.
Other productions in Ann Arbor have seen Ms. McEwen-Martin as the lead including Rossini’s The Marriage Contract, Jerome Kern’s Leave it to Jane, Pepusch’s The Beggar’s Opera, and Rodgers & Hart’s I Married an Angel.
Ms. McEwen-Martin has been celebrated for her interpretations of the soprano roles in Victor Herbert shows while singing in over 15 of his works and being featured most recently as Vivien Savory in The Enchantress, Sylvia in Sweethearts and the dual role of Irma and Mussette from The Fortune Teller performed in Canton, Ohio. In addition, she has recorded Hildegarde Figgers in Wonderland and Vera Vernon in Velvet Lady for the Victor Herbert Society, Alma in Tattooed Man and Vera in Angel Face for the Comic Opera Guild, as well as Lupina in Jerome Kern’s Stepping Stones.
In past years Ms. McEwen-Martin has performed many roles with Toledo Opera such as Betty Parris in The Crucible, Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, and the Second Genie in The Magic Flute. In addition, she was a resident artist for the company for 4 years, performing hundreds of shows while filling this position. Diane was additionally a resident artist for Michigan Opera Theatre from 2005 – 2007.
The musical stage has also seen Ms. McEwen-Martin fill many roles. She has been featured in many Gilbert & Sullivan productions, including Yeomen of the Guard with the Durham Savoyards and The Pirates of Penzance in Grand Rapids, Ohio. Other lead parts have been Guenevere in Camelot with Bowling Green State University and Violet Hildegarde in Cole Porter’s Fifty Million Frenchmen.
On the concert stage, Ms. McEwen-Martin has been a soloist for Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Ball State Symphony and a winter concert with the Muncie Symphony. She has also been a featured soloist in choral concerts and recitals throughout Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and North Carolina.
Upcoming engagements for Ms. McEwen-Martin include Juliet in Romeo & Juliet for Asheville Lyric Opera in October and Siebel in Faust in October 2008 and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro in March 2009 for Opera Carolina. Diane will also be involved in a November concert at The Toledo Museum of Art celebrating Toledo-area musicians.
Opera Carolina Performances:
The Marriage of Figaro (2008–2009)
Roméo et Juliette (2007–2008)
Madama Butterfly (2006–2007)