From Canyon Rim to Carnegie Hall
April 8, 2021, 7:00pm
Experience the fascinating story of vocalist Diana Walker Neve, who grew up on Elgin Dr. in Canyon Rim and made it all the way to broadway.
3051 South 2900 East
Held in a church, but not a religious service. Social distancing will be enforced. Please wear a mask.
About Diana Walker Neve
Diana Walker Neve was awarded second prize in the International American Music Competition. On that occasion, the New York Times wrote, “Miss Walker had the most impressive voice—a strong, beautiful soprano with a gleaming accuracy everywhere in its range.”
Since then, Diana has sung with opera companies throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, making her depot at New York city Opera at age 26 in teh role of Leila in Les Pecheurs des Perles (The Pearl Fishers) by Bizet.
She made her European debut with the Opera Company of Nice (France) in the role of Blondchen in Die Entfuhrng bus rem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) by Mozart. She has appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall and the Metropolitan Opera House in York; the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the National Coleseum in London, and the Bass Hall in Ft. Worth, Texas.
She has been a guest artist on the soap opera Another World, and starred in the award winning short film Look at Me.
She sang Carlotta and Madame Firmin in The Phantom of the Opera in the United States and Canda for almost three years. Her Broadway credits also include Marsinah in Kismet.
Her show Broadway Classics in Concert was first performed as a trio concert at Carnegie Hall in 1995 and has been presented throughout the United States and Canada. Her discography includes two solo albums—You’ll Never Walk Alone and Broadway Classics with Covenant Publications.
Diana received her bachelor’s of music degree and her master’s degree with high honors from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She also did doctorate work and was in the opera program at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City.
In January 2000, Gov. Michael Leavitt honored Diana with the Governor’s Artist Award.
Diana currently resides in Millcreek and is married to Charles Neve and is mother to one, step-mother to five, and grandmother to 16. She teaches voice students all over the country, including professional singers, college students and even beginners.
About Mark Johnson, Accompanist
Mark R. Johnson is a faculty member in the Music Dance Theatre program at BYU, where his responsibilities include that of a pianist, vocal coach, instructor, and music director for musical theatre. Recent credits as music director include Ain’t Misbehavin’ (The Harman Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Utah Repertory Theater), Little Shop of Horrors (BYU) and Cat Ballou (Jackson Hole Playhouse).
Mark has been involved in several nationally touring musicals and stays busy as a collaborative pianist; he has accompanied singers from both the Broadway stage and Metropolitan Opera, including Kristin Chenoweth, Audra McDonald, Natalie Weiss, Erin Morley, and Diana Walker Neve among others. He earned a B.Mus. degree from BYU and attended the Eastman School of Music for graduate study. He lives in Pleasant Grove with his wife and daughter.