Dianne Baird (Soprano) is a graduate of McGill University, University of Ottawa and Memorial University, where, as a member of the music faculty, she taught voice and music history. Dianne joined Queen’s School of Music in 2003 and in addition to applied study she teaches Lyric Diction.
As a member of the Association of Canadian Radio and Television Artists, Dianne has been both interviewed and heard in recital on CBC radio and television. Performing as a soloist, she has been featured with the Cantata Singers of Ottawa, Seventeen Voyces, the Savoy Society, the University of Ottawa Orchestra and the National Arts Center Orchestra. Her performances in oratorio have included Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Gaul’s The Holy City, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and she has performed solo cantatas by both Bach and Rameau. Her operatic roles include “Dido” in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, “Hilda” in Henze’s Elegie für Junge Liebende, “Mademoiselle Warblewell” in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor, the “Abbess” in Puccini’s Suor Angelica and “Euridice” in Gluck’s Orpheus and Euridice.
Dianne has performed as a member of The Avalon Trio and has commissioned original works for voice and piano and string quartet. She was featured as a soloist with the Cantata Singers on the CBC recording of Alexina Louie’s Love Songs for a Small Planetwith the National Arts Center Orchestra, Mario Bernardi conducting. She has worked with such notable musicians, conductors and directors as Robert Cooper, Richard Monette, Berthold Carrière, Trevor Pinnock, Alan Fast, Rosemarie Landry, John Beckwith, Lawrence Ewashko and Stuart Hamilton. While studying at Memorial University, Dianne won the medal for academic excellence in music education. In addition to teaching at Queen’s, Dianne runs a thriving private voice studio in Ottawa and examines as a member of the College of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory of Music.