soprano timbre is capable of brilliant surprise moments - an ideal pre-requisite for this emotionally laden sound-world, and which completed this important and celebrated Frankfurt event."
Britten’s The Turn of the Screw
The Gramophone: ‘Diana Montague is a gratifyingly sympathetic Mrs Grose, using her body language to convey just the right feeling of apprehension and concern over the fate of her charges.’
Opera: ‘Diana Montague's youngish, uncomprehending Mrs Grose is the best I have seen or heard, touchingly acted and beautifully sung.’
The Times: ‘Montague conceded nothing in quality, giving a profoundly moving performance of vast vocal accomplishment and concentrated feeling. This was hypnotic, heart-stopping musical beauty.’
The Independent on Sunday: ‘Montague decodifies the multiple trills and roulades of her role; translating Bellini's period-specific syntax into a timeless language of feeling with a tone that is warm, fresh, flexible and secure in a performance worthy of any major opera house.’
The Stage: ‘Diana Montague's Adalgisa finds her at the height of her powers, tonally lustrous, technically assured, her portrait of the vulnerable priestess fleshed out with simplicity as moving as it is effective.’
The Guardian: 'Most of all, there is the glorious singing of Diana Montague as Adalgisa, which deserves a far better showcase than this. But the majestic Montague is simply in a different class, vocally and dramatically, from everyone else involved.'
The Financial Times: 'It was luxury casting to have Diana Montague, fresh and generous of tone, as an Adalgisa who for once made her part a major role.'