"Attending an Opera Night Showcase is vatuley akin to catching a really good triple-A baseball game in that both events are affordable, professional in caliber and occasionally involve future stars: Diane Penning for example, singing Donizetti: "A lyric coloratura with agility, range, and flawless intonation, Penning elicited the single 'brava!' of the night with her aria ' O luce di quest 'anima'
Alfred Thigpen, the Grand Rapids Press
"Her vocal versatility was impressive, moving with ease between formal oratorio and musical theater work." Sue Langenberg, Rockford Register Star
"...a spectacular performance, in costume, of Jacques Offenbach's Doll Song from "Tlaes of Hoffmann." A beautiful high register, fluid obbligato lines all precisely executed." Bill Seeback, Muskegon Chronicle
"Carmina Burana...Diane Penning's Dulcissime near the end was exquisite." Jane Girdham, Midland Daily News
"her accappella "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" was simply mesmerizing." Arlene Bachanov, Adrian Daily Telegram
"Penning's angelic soprano was especially beautiful. Her delicate but firm voice is certainly the perfecgt timbre for classical-era literature..." Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk, The Grand Rapids Press
"Ach, ich liebte"...was a perfect vehicle for her stunning coloratura voice. She was at her best as she climbed into and inhabited the stratosphere and her German diction was beautifully clear."
Julie Schrivener, Kalamazoo Gazette