Bachelor of Music - Vocal Performance, Royal Northern College of Music, England
Diction I and II
Class Voice Instruction and Methods
Diane Haslam, mezzo-soprano, is Lecturer in Voice at the University of South Carolina Aiken, where she teaches individual voice class, Vocal Diction courses, Vocal Methods, and leads the Voice Studio performance class. Prior to coming to USCA she was Assistant Professor of Voice at Newberry College, South Carolina, teaching individual voice classes, Vocal Diction, and History of Vocal Literature.
Diane was born in Nottingham, England. After graduating with honors from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, Diane sang with the BBC Northern Singers and as soloist in concerts and recitals around Britain. She made her London debut as alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall under the direction of Sir David Willcocks. With the London-based touring opera company Opera Roundabout she sang principal mezzo roles in opera and operetta. On moving to Amsterdam, Holland, she sang as a full-time member of the Netherlands Opera Company for seven years, during which time she also sang as soloist on Dutch television and radio, and with Opera Den Haag, for whom she appeared in the title role of Bizet’s Djamileh in the Dutch premiere of the opera. She subsequently moved to Cincinnati, where she sang regularly with the Cincinnati Opera and was a founder member of the a capella septet VoiceBox. She was producer and creator of the Words and Music concert series at the historic downtown Mercantile Library in Cincinnati.
On the concert stage, Diane continues to perform regularly in arts festivals and concert series in England and the USA. Locally, she has sung as soloist with the Augusta and Aiken Choral Societies and with the Augusta Opera. Diane’s operatic roles have included Siebel (Faust), Cherubino and Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutte), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Seviglia), Carmen (concert performance), Djamileh (Djamileh – Bizet – Dutch Premiere), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Klin (The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 - Glass – Dutch Premiere), Duchess (A Dinner Engagement - Berkeley), and Madame Popova (The Bear - Walton).
As a featured soloist, Diane has appeared with orchestras including the English Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, East of England Symphony, Netherlands Philharmonic, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Augusta Symphony, and Hamilton Symphony Orchestra, singing oratorio, songs for mezzo and orchestra and opera in concert. Her repertoire with orchestra has included: Bach St Matthew and St John Passions, Christmas Oratorio and B minor Mass, Handel Messiah, Vivaldi Gloria, Duruflé Requiem, Mozart Requiem and Solemn Vespers, Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, Berlioz Les Nuits d’Été , Canteloube Chants d’Auvergne, and Manuel de Falla El Amor Brujo. She has also been honored by the American composer Rick Sowash, who has written 28 songs and song cycles dedicated to Diane.
In her private voice studio, Vocal Dimensions, Diane currently has 25 students. As well as private tuition, she offers workshops and seminars in vocal technique and performance for both beginners and advanced students. She also leads vocal Master Classes and Choral Workshops in both the USA and England. In addition, Diane is founder and music director of the Aiken Singers community choir and Belles Canto, a teen girls’ vocal ensemble.
In December 2010, Diane published her first book, The Heart of Singing: Steps on the Path to Becoming the Singer You Want to Be, available on Amazon or other online sites.