Diane Alexander
New England First Place Winner 1991

Now based in the San Diego area, Diane Alexander has a private voice studio in which she teaches vocal technique, dramatic interpretation and character study. She is also co-creator and a performing member of La Divina, a group of four sopranos performing exclusively for corporate and private events nationally, as well as an active recitalist.


After graduating cum laude from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor of Music in Performance, Diane was a Young Artist with the Tanglewood Music Festival, and subsequently spent two summers at San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program. Early in her career she sang Micaëla in Carmen with the New York City Opera National Touring Company and Violetta in La Traviata with Western Opera Theatre’s National Tour. Diane later appeared as Violetta with Opera Carolina, Nevada Opera and Augusta Opera, Leila in Les Pêcheurs de Perles with Michigan Opera Theatre, Nashville Opera and Indianapolis Opera, Musetta in La Bohème with Central City Opera, Minnesota Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Opera Grand Rapids and Des Moines Metro Opera, and Manon with New Orleans Opera.

In more contemporary works Diane took on the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, and was Curley’s Wife in Floyd’s Of Mice and Men, which she sang with The Washington National Opera, Utah Opera, San Diego Opera and Florentine Opera. Alexander was also asked by Floyd to create the role of Mary Willis Tweedy in his opera Cold Sassy Tree for its world premiere with Houston Grand Opera in 2000. Other portrayals of American heroines include Baby Doe in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Abigail in The Crucible, and Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress.


Also a favorite in the lighter repertoire, Diane appeared as Hanna Glawari, the title role of The Merry Widow, in over thirteen productions with companies including Florentine Opera, Hawaii Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Omaha, Arizona Opera, Opera Columbus, Lyric Opera Kansas City, and New Orleans Opera. The soprano was also in demand as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, which she performed with Indianapolis Opera, Nashville Opera, Augusta Opera, Chattanooga Opera and Fresno Grand Opera. Diane also appeared as other leading ladies of such operetta classics as such as the titular Rose Marie, Kathie in The Student Prince, and Marianne in The New Moon. She was also Carlotta in the San Francisco production of The Phantom of the Opera.


Diane Alexander’s honors have included a Sullivan Foundation Career Grant and a Liederkranz Foundation Award. She was also given the Willard Achievement Award by Rhode Island College, which named her their “Outstanding Alumna,” and the Richard Strauss and Il Cenacolo Awards of the Merola Program.


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