Diana DiMarzio

Diana DiMarzio

Soprano Diana DiMarzio frequently appears on theatre, opera, and concert stages around the world. On Broadway, Ms. DiMarzio performed the role of Annie Dummermut in The Visit, opposite Chita Rivera and the late Roger Rees. The Visit, the final Broadway musical written by the Tony-winning team of Kander and Ebb, with a book by Terrance McNally, garnered 5 Tony Award Nominations. Additional Broadway engagements include the role of the Beggar Woman in the critically acclaimed, Tony Award-winning revival of Sweeney Todd, which she performed opposite Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris under the Tony Award-winning Director John Doyle. Ms. DiMarzio performed the role to critical acclaim; Opera News declared “DiMarzio does impressive instantaneous transitions between vulgar and soulful” and Variety hailed that “Diana DiMarzio has striking moments as the Beggar Woman”. Ms. DiMarzio even received personal acclaim from Stephen Sondheim when he thanked her for “singing the role as I originally had intended!” She has since reprised the role across the country in the first national tour, performing at theaters such as San Francisco’s ACT and the Ahmanson in LA. Additionally, Ms. DiMarzio performed as the Beggar Woman in Virginia Opera’s production of Sweeney Todd, directed by Ron Daniels, the co-author of the stage adaptation that inspired the famed musical; and performed the role with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester in Munich, Germany for their 60th Anniversary Jubilee concert under the baton of Ulf Schirmer. Most recently she reprised the role of Beggar Woman in Michigan Opera Theater’s presentation of Sweeney Todd.

Artist Bio

Soprano Diana DiMarzio frequently appears on theatre, opera, and concert stages around the world. On Broadway, Ms. DiMarzio performed the role of Annie Dummermut in The Visit, opposite Chita Rivera and the late Roger Rees. The Visit, the final Broadway musical written by the Tony-winning team of Kander and Ebb, with a book by Terrance McNally, garnered 5 Tony Award Nominations. Additional Broadway engagements include the role of the Beggar Woman in the critically acclaimed, Tony Award-winning revival of Sweeney Todd, which she performed opposite Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris under the Tony Award-winning Director John Doyle. Ms. DiMarzio performed the role to critical acclaim; Opera News declared “DiMarzio does impressive instantaneous transitions between vulgar and soulful” and Variety hailed that “Diana DiMarzio has striking moments as the Beggar Woman”. Ms. DiMarzio even received personal acclaim from Stephen Sondheim when he thanked her for “singing the role as I originally had intended!” She has since reprised the role across the country in the first national tour, performing at theaters such as San Francisco’s ACT and the Ahmanson in LA. Additionally, Ms. DiMarzio performed as the Beggar Woman in Virginia Opera’s production of Sweeney Todd, directed by Ron Daniels, the co-author of the stage adaptation that inspired the famed musical; and performed the role with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester in Munich, Germany for their 60th Anniversary Jubilee concert under the baton of Ulf Schirmer. Most recently she reprised the role of Beggar Woman in Michigan Opera Theater’s presentation of Sweeney Todd.

Following her Broadway appearances, composer Adam Guettel cast Ms. DiMarzio as Signora Naccarelli in the first national tour of his Tony Award-winning musical, The Light in the Piazza, directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher and produced by Lincoln Center. Additionally, Ms. DiMarzio performed as Miss Jones 4 in the American première of John Doyle’s newly conceived production of Ten Cents a Dance at the prestigious Williamstown Theater Festival and the McCarter Theater. Diana performed on various National Tours including the American Première of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies directed by Simon Phillips; the role of Mother in Evita directed by Seth-Sklar Heyn and Michael Grandage; and as Aldonza in Man of LaMancha with Jack Jones and director Jeffrey Moss.

Further theatrical highlights include the role of Annie in The Visit starring Chita Rivera at Williamstown Theater; a performance with Barbara Cook, Patti LuPone and Kristin Chenoweth in The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim (a benefit concert saluting Stephen Sondheim at Westport Country Playhouse); Aunt Eller in Oklahoma with Charlottesville Opera; Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins with Northern Stage; Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd with American Conservatory Theater; Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol with Shakespeare in the Park; Promotional Caroler in A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden; and Aldonza Arrow in Man of LaMancha with Rock Lyceum. Additionally, Ms. DiMarzio performed the role of Tessa in The Gondoliers with Colonial Theatre; Donna Rafaella in Side by Side by Steven Sondheim; and performed in Carousel Dinner Theater’s production of Showboat.

Operatic engagements include Frasquita in a touring European production of Carmen at Scala Theater, and Sally in A Hand of Bridge. Ms. DiMarzio was also a featured soloist in a salute to Andrew Carnegie at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena, featuring Andy Williams and Jerry Lewis. Orchestral and concert engagements include performances at Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, with the Aegean Chamber Orchestra at Ephesus in Turkey, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony and Westfield Symphony. She appeared on the television show The Sopranos and was cast by Sidney Lumet in his film entitled Find Me Guilty, starring Vin Diesel. Ms. DiMarzio’s recordings include her début CD which features favorites from the classical and Broadway repertoire, demonstrating her versatility and vast range of interpretive skills. Additionally, Diana can be heard as the Beggar Woman on both the German and Broadway recordings of Sweeney Todd and on the Broadway cast recording of The Visit. She was also awarded a grant by the National Italian American Foundation to produce her concert entitled Cinema Italiano, which debuted at Symphony Space in New York City. Diana holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from Carnegie-Mellon University and currently resides in New York City.

Updated 4.27.21

Audio Samples

Audio Sample Excerpts as Beggar Woman from the Broadway Revival of Sweeney Todd
Audio Sample "There Won't Be Trumpets"

Press

"...impressive, instantaneous transitions..." – Opera News

Sweeney Todd – "DiMarzio does impressive, instantaneous transitions between vulgar and soulful, and she widens her vibrato to great effect as the character's insanity increases over the course of the show. Her last, plaintive "Hey, don't I know you, Mister" is hair-raising."

“...DiMarzio stands out..." – The Boston Globe

Ten Cents a Dance – “DiMarzio stands out with her brassy, to-hell-with-convention gusto…"

“...DiMarzio's vocal quality is distinct..." – Broadway World

Ten Cents a Dance – “DiMarzio's vocal quality is distinct from the others and her rendition of "You're Nearer" has a little echo of Judy Garland…”