Diane McNaron has appeared in jazz, recital, oratorio , cabaret and opera throughout the US and in Germany, Austria, Italy and Australia. Winner of several vocal awards including the Florida Operatic Voice Competition and the Regional Metropolitan Opera Awards, she earned a Master of Music degree from Florida State University and pursued post graduate work at Indiana University School of Music and The American Institute for Musical Studies, Graz, Austria. Teachers of singing have included Eleanor Steber, Gino Bechi, Gianna D’Angelo and Kurt Weill-repertoire coaches Randolph and  Lys Symonette.  Teachers of stage direction have included Hans Busch, Ross Allen and Roger Brunyate.

McNaron recorded the CD Music in Flight which was endorsed by Nobel Peace Prize winner DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS (MSF). It contains songs by European composers "in flight" from war and political oppression and also features Alabama composers.  In 2011, she released the CD Rosas de Pulpa; Rosas de Cal - the Music of Valdo Sciammarella, an album of Art Songs and Chamber Music from Argentina.  Having appeared regularly as a recitalist in Twentieth-Century Art Song, McNaron is often heard in jazz and Great American Song Book Standards. She directs The Politically Incorrect Cabaret, an ensemble which presents political satire through Berlin-style variety cabaret. Her duo, Masters’ Cabaret, performs authentic German  and French cabaret music. Both troupes tour the Southeast.   

 As a stage director, she has directed over forty operas, musicals, revues and galas for the Centro Escuela de Opera in Caracas, Venezuela; Adelaide University in Australia; Opera Jacksonville, Opera Birmingham, Opera de Lafayette and many others.  She served as an assistant at the Opera Barga Festival in Barga, Italy. McNaron also produces rallies, teach-ins and speaking events for the Birmingham Peace Project and other organizations.  

Having served as Director of Opera and taught voice at several universities including Northwestern State in Louisiana, Belmont University in Nashville,  Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, and Adelaide University, So. Australia, she is now based  in Birmingham, AL. McNaron is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and has  been awarded grants by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and  the Lowder Foundation.   Her voice students have been accepted to leading colleges and graduate schools throughout the US, won international competitions, such as The Eisteddfod Society of Australia and successfully audition for theatre companies in Birmingham, Alabama and throughout the US. 

An artist of great versatility, Diane also has a background in painting and in dramaturgy. 








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When studying scenic design at the Indiana University's Musical Arts Center -- the largest and highest-ranking music school in the US,  Diane created a painting of a student singer in one of the opera productions -- Rodolfo in Puccini's La bohème. They did not know each other. This was in 1976 and the painting was for an art class. It has traveled around the world with Diane. In 2020, she decided to research the name of the student she had painted: Michael Ballam. He was easy to locate because Mr. Ballam had become famous. Following an international singing career he founded the Utah Festival Opera. He and his Board of Directors had no idea such a painting existed, and all sides began to write, and to speak by phone. Thrilled to see a photo of the work, the Utah Festival Opera will own and display "Michael Ballam, Rodolfo, La bohème. The UFO has a very large facility comprised of several buildings, including its own museum. The painting, recently varnished by University of Alabama at Birmingham's Professor of Painting and Drawing, Gary Chapman, will be shipped in May 2021 for installation.
Michael Ballam as Rodolfo, La bohème
          by Diane McNaron, 1976