DIANA SCHNÜRPEL - soprano
The Russian-born German coloratura soprano Diana Schnürpel was given 1st Prize at the Canadian International Music Competition in 2022. The same year, she received the Absolute Platinum and Grand Champion Award at the Quebec Music Competition for Voice. Diana was scheduled to sing in 2021 the role of Ariel in Ades' Tempest and Fiakermilli in Strauss's opera Arabella at the Meininger Staatstheater (both postponed due to COVID). In 2021, Diana won an esteemed scholarship from the Thuringia Cultural Foundation. Mrs. Schnürpel was the winner of the Quebec Music Competition and Grand Champion of the 2021 Quebec Music Competition for Voice. She won 2nd prize in the Ensemble of the King's Peak International Music Competition, as well as the 1st prize of the MAP International Music Competition.
From 2016 to 2021, Diana was a fest ensemble singer at the Lucerne Theater. There she sang Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, the parts of Venus and Gepopo in Le Grande Macabre by G. Ligeti, Euredice in Orfeo ed Euridice by C. W. Gluck, Maria Stuarda in Maria Stuarda by G. Donizetti, the role of Cunning Little Vixen in The Cunning Little Vixen by Leoš Janáček and Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia by G. Rossini. She also sang the final concert "Beauty of farewell" of the festival "Musiksommer am Zürichsee" under the direction of Manuel Baertsch in 2020.
The Queen of the Night has been a signature role she has sung at the State Theater Braunschweig, Landestheater Detmold, Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Landestheater Salzburg, Graz Opera, Bern Theater, and the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar. Diana performed the Snow Queen in The Snow Queen by G.A. Albrecht in 2015 at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar. She took lessons from the Wagner tenor Manfred Jung before performing solo concertos with Paul Hindemith's "Das Marienleben" made its debut in Berlin, Bavaria and Frankfurt am Main.
Mrs. Schnürpel is also active as a recital and concert singer. Her concert repertoire includes works by J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Handel, Mozart and Antonio Salieri. She gained experience as a guest in the MDR Radio Choir and at the Deutsches National Theater and sang the part of the bride in Les Noces by Igor Stravinsky at the Ruhr Piano Festival in July 2013. She started her concert activities in 2012 in Bavaria with The Marienleben by Paul Hindemith and church concerts in Ludwigsburg with the setting of Antonín Dvořák's Stabat mater. She also sang in one Chamber music matinee of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra with nursery rhymes in the 1st version by Leoš Janáček and songs by Richard Strauss and Othmar Schoeck in 2017. In 2012 she was a finalist by the Grandi Voci opera singing competition in Salzburg. She received the 3rd prize at the VII.National and II International Jószef Simándy Singing Competition 2011 in Szeged, Hungary. And in 2010 was a finalist at the Lortzing Competition in Leipzig.
From 2006 to 2010 she studied singing at the University of Music and Theater in Leipzig under Prof. Regina Werner Dietrich. She was in 2004 and 2005 a Vocal répétiteur at the Choral Art Academy in Moscow. She gave piano solo concerts at the Choral Art Academy.
Diana attended the children's music school in Lipetsk piano and singing lessons before starting her studies at the Technical School of Music and Art graduated in piano with honors in 2001.