American soprano Diane Alexander enjoys a flourishing career with opera companies and symphony orchestras across the country. Her impeccable reputation for musical and dramatic excellence in opera and operetta earns vast acclaim in signature roles such as Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow and Violetta in La Traviata, as well as title roles in Manon and Susannah. “Controlling her ample voice for maximum dramatic effect, Alexander conveys Susannah’s disintegration scene-by-scene by means of vocal coloration, body language, facial expression, hairstyle and dress” says the Denver Post. “ It’s the performance of a lifetime.” Ms. Alexander performs regularly with companies nationally including The Washington Opera (D.C.), Houston Grand Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, New York City Opera, Opera Carolina, Virginia Opera, New Orleans Opera, San Diego Opera, Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Pacific, Opera Omaha, Indianapolis Opera, Utah Opera, Florentine Opera, Minnesota Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, New Jersey Opera Festival, Arizona Opera, and Nashville Opera, among others.
Recent engagements included several performances of her renowned role as Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Nevada Opera, New Orleans Opera, Virginia Opera and Hawaii Opera, Leila in Pearl Fishers with Indianapolis Opera and Michigan Opera Theater, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with Nashville and Augusta Opera, Abigail Williams in The Crucible with Indianapolis Opera, Violetta in La Traviata with Opera Carolina and Augusta Opera, as well as a return to the Newport Music Festival as Artist in Residence for a series of concerts featuring the works of Poulenc and Prokofiev. Engagements for the 2006-2007 Season include Violetta in La Traviata with Nevada Opera, the title role in Susannah with Arizona Opera, Hanna in The Merry Widow with the Opera Columbus, among several concert engagements.
In addition, Ms. Alexander continues to receive tremendous praise for her portrayals of American roles including Curley’s Wife in Of Mice and Men, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Abigail in The Crucible and the title role in the Ballad of Baby Doe. In addition, Ms. Alexander has distinguished herself in the standard operatic repertoire as Musetta in La Boheme, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Leila in Les Pecheurs de Perles, Micaela in Carmen, Violetta in La Traviata and in the title role of Massenet’s Manon of which the New Orleans Times wrote, “Alexander captivated the audience with a remarkable vocal agility in a role that seems tailor-made to her voice.”
Ms. Alexander’s versatility as a singing actress caught the eye of Hal Prince, who cast her as Carlotta in the San Francisco production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s, The Phantom of the Opera. After graduating cum laude from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor of Music in Performance, Ms. Alexander was chosen as a Young Artist for the Tanglewood Music Fesitval (performing extensively in recital) and the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program. Ms. Alexander spent two summers at Merola, where she was the recipient of the San Francisco Opera’s Richard Strauss and Il Cenacolo Awards. Other honors include a Sullivan Foundation Career Grant, a Liederkranz Foundation Award, two-time Finalist in the McAllister Competition, New England Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, the Willard Achievement Award from Rhode Island College and an award as “Outstanding Alumna” of the school.