Diane Pilcher was born in southern California. She took singing lessons at California State University in Fullerton and graduated with distinction. She attained a Bachelor of Music and a Masters degree in singing. She has lived in Germany since 1982 and takes on singing engagements mainly in Europe.
She made her debut as Annina at the 2005 Salzburg Festival in Verdi's LA TRAVIATA singing alongside Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon; she has also guested in this role at the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam.
Ms Pilcher has made many appearances at various venues including as Grandmother Buryjovka (JENUFA) at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and at the Leipzig Opera, Annina (LA TRAVIATA) at the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam and Opéra National de Lyon, and as Zita (GIANNNI SCHICCHI) and Dame Quickly (FALSTAFF) at the Wuppertal Opera and at the State Theatre in Wiesbaden.
Guest engagements have taken the singer to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego and Hamburg, the Aachen Opera, the Komische Oper and the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Saarland State Theatre in Saarbrücken, the Nationaltheater Mannheim, the State Opera in Stuttgart, State Opera in Hannover, the Hesse State Theatre in Wiesbaden, and the opera houses in Frankfurt, Wuppertal, Zurich, Brussels, Graz and Oslo.
Diane Pilcher's repertoire includes roles like Martha (MEFISTOFELE - Boito), Florence Pike (ALBERT HERRING), The Electress (THE PRINCE OF HOMBURG - Henze), Witch and Mother (HANSEL AND GRETEL), Grandmother Buryjovka (JENUFA), Kabanicha (KATYA KABANOVA), Brigitta (DIE TOTE STADT), Lucia (CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA), Antonia's Mother (TALES OF HOFFMANN), Filipyevna (EUGENE ONEGIN), Dame Quickly (FALSTAFF), Zita (GIANNNI SCHICCHI), Annina (La Traviata), Herodias (SALOME) and Countess (THE QUEEN OF SPADES).