Singer - Artist
"Mezzo Lainie Diamond brought the audience to tears with a tender, expressive a cappella American spiritual."
Lainie Diamond is a multi-talented artist, Renaissance woman. As a singer, Lainie is known for her unique Mezzo-Alto vocal qualities and interpretation of songs. She enjoys singing a diverse repertoire of songs including classical music and opera, baroque and sacred music, concert works, spirituals, a capella songs, and musical theater.
Her voice has been praised by the Danbury News-Times for it’s “warm and poignant quality." Press highlights include the New York Times, New Orleans Times-Picayune and Culturemap Houston.
Lainie made her David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center debut, as Bellangère in Ariane et Barbe-bleue, with The American Symphony Orchestra. In December 2005, she was honored to sing as soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in the first classical music performance in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina.
Her performances as Alto concert soloist include numerous performances of the Handel Messiah; Mozart’s Requiem and Vesperae solennes de Confessore with the Choral Society of Pensacola; Glenn McClure’s St. Francis in the Americas ~A Caribbean Mass and John Rutter’s Feel the Spirit with the Connecticut Master Chorale; Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Bach’s Magnificat.
Singing sacred and devotional music is especially dear to her heart. In New York City, she greatly enjoyed singing as a Liturgical staff cantor and soloist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for many masses, and special masses including Holy Thursday- Mass of The Lord's Last Supper, Christmas, and as special guest soloist. She has sung as Cantor and soloist for many live television masses broadcast from St. James Cathedral-Basilica on The Prayer Channel, NYC. Lainie directed the Music, Liturgy and Art direction for Taizé Prayer Services at The University of St. Thomas, St. Basil Chapel, Houston.
Lainie has sung, and acted, in videos for visual and performing artists, including Mark Chen (Windtopia, as Eva Sharp) and Jil Guyon ("Widow" - Music score by Chris Becker). Her voice and acting voiceover are featured in Jil Guyon's "Widow," films.
"Desert Widow" screened at the Cinedanse Ottawa, September, 2018, and will be at the upcoming Los Angeles CineFest, 2020. (See Media/Films Page)
Jil Guyon's "Widow" films continue to enjoy touring internationally at Film festivals around the world.
She has been singing and acting since childhood. Highlights include Michael Dellaira’s opera reading of The Secret Agent with the Center for Contemporary Opera, NYC. Her opera roles include Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte. She has won awards and praise for her performances of lead roles in musical theatre and plays, including Julie in Show Boat, the Witch in Into the Woods, Flora in Pretty Baby, Lucy Brown in The Three Penny Opera and Shifrah in the Off-Broadway musical Moses, My Love.
Lainie is the creator of Houston Laughter Yoga. It is the first therapeutic public Laughter Yoga group in Houston. She teaches her therapeutic breathing- movement sessions: "Stress buster Tools For Real Life- Healing with Laughter Yoga" to many special needs groups, non-profits and businesses, including at The Center, Houston- for mentally and physically challenged adults; As an instructor at The Jung Center, Houston; at NASA - Johnson Space Center, Michael DeBakey Veterans Hospital, ReelAbilities Film Festival; Sri Meenakshi Devasthanam Temple, Houston Public Library, and many organizations. Learn more at: www.houstonlaughteryoga.com/
Lainie is a member of AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists) and a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, BM Music, Drama minor, performing with numerous companies there, including The New Orleans Opera.
She enjoys creating collage art and writing.
Jan Brueghel the Elder~
"Sense of Hearing/Allegory of Hearing"