Diane’s work in oratorio includes David Fanshaw’s African Sanctus under the baton of Jonathon Willcocks, Bach’s Bm Mass and Christmas Oratorio; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mass in C minor; Fauré’s Requiem; Handel’s Messiah; Haydn’s Creation, Harmonie Messe and Lord Nelson Mass; Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass; Orff’s Carmina Burana; Poulenc’s Gloria; Rutter’s Magnificat and Requiem, (the Magnificat under the baton of Sir David Willcocks); and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, with such organizations as the Apollo Chorus in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and the Kalamazoo Bach Festival. Her opera roles include Adele in Die Fledermaus, Frasquita in Carmen, Musetta in La Bohéme, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana, Pamina, Papagena and Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.
Ms. Penning also sings the chants of Hildegard of Bingen and has toured and performed in the UK with the four women group “The Hildegard Singers.” She holds degrees in music and voice from the University of Michigan (BM) and Western Michigan University (MM in voice performance.)
Diane’s professional recordings include Phantom Phantasy with the Grand Rapids Symphony; Christmas Festival with the Czek National Orchestra; Everything Under the Sun with pianist Rich Ridenour, Simply Gershwin with pianist Paul Bisaccia, O Greenest Branch and O Come O Come, Emmanuel withthe Hildegard Singers, and Sacred Space with composer/performer Nicholas Palmer. Ms. Penning is a member of the Michigan Touring Arts Directory.
Diane Penning will perform My Favourite Things! A Julie Andrews Celebration in Concert on April 6 & 7, 2018.