Diane Kalinowski is an artist that “stands out, possessing an enormous voice of fine quality” (Patrick C. Byrne; Belgian Opera Guide).
She recently performed the title role of Tosca with Opera Connecticut to enthusiastic acclaim including a review from Larry Kellum of Town Times applauding “…her voice is gorgeous, her high Bs and Cs (she has many) were gigantic bullseyes, her acting was sensitive, and her beautiful long pianissimo ending “Vissi d’arte” instantly showed this critic that she is a major talent in the making!”
Ms. Kalinowski has performed the roles of Marguerite in an adaptation of Faust, Lady Billows in Albert Herring, the New Prioress in Dialogues of the Carmelites, the title role in Suor Angelica, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Frasquita in Carmen, and Yum Yum in The Mikado. In addition to Opera Connecticut, she has been seen on the stages of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Annapolis Opera, New Jersey State Opera, and Rochester Lyric Opera.
No stranger to the concert stage, Ms. Kalinowski has performed numerous scenes and arias from Madama Butterfly, Norma, La Forza del Destino, Aida, Boito’s Mefistofele, Der Rosenkavalier, and Così fan tutte. She has been the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, the Poulenc Gloria, the Mozart Requiem, and the Vivaldi Gloria and also sang Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder with the University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra at the beautiful Lied Center.
Ms. Kalinowski is the recipient of numerous awards including the Top 3 of 9 possible awards at the Annapolis Opera Voice Competition; Top Prize in the American Opera Idol Competition at Opera Connecticut; and Grand Prize in the LaDue Professional Recital Competition at Rochester Lyric Opera. She was selected as one of five finalists in the inaugural Elizabeth Connell Prize, an international competition for aspiring dramatic sopranos, in conjunction with the Joan Sutherland/Richard Bonynge Foundation, in Sydney, Australia.
Ms. Kalinowski earned a B.M. in Voice Performance from Mercyhurst University and a M.M. in Opera from the University of Kansas.