About Alexandra Dietrich
Alexandra Dietrich, originally from Freeport, Maine, is known in New England for her work as a mezzo-soprano, music educator, arts advocate, and as a stage director whose direction has been called “brilliant” and “moving”. Ms. Dietrich has been selected as a Fellow in Directing with Chicago Summer Opera for their 2021 season, assistant directing “Don Giovanni” under Garnett Bruce. In the fall of 2019, Ms. Dietrich joined the voice faculty at the University of Southern Maine as an Artist Faculty in Voice. Ms. Dietrich has served as the Artistic Director of NEMPAC Opera Project since the Fall of 2018. In her first season, she staged Rachel Portman’s “The Little Prince” at Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall. This marked the first time that the NEMPAC Opera Project had staged a work by a female composer, and Ms. Dietrich’s staging was chosen by OperaWire as one of the Top 5 Must See Operas in North America for its opening weekend. Ms. Dietrich joined Yo soy LOLA’s creative team to stage direct their 2019 collaborative performance at Oberon in Harvard Square entitled “Resiliency: The Masks We Wear” in their mission to reclaim the narrative and portrayal of Latinas in the arts and media. For Another Country Productions, Ms. Dietrich embraced streaming theatre by directing and sound designing a Live Zoom play reading of Lyralen Kaye’s “Vessel of Glass”. Following this, she continued utilizing the platform of Zoom and staged “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with The North Shore Players. Ms. Dietrich continues to serve as Artistic Director at the NEMPAC Opera Project, who recently performed their reimagined 2020 9th season as a socially distanced Pop-Up Opera around Boston’s North End performing highlights of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville”. Her most recent select productions include stage directing a sold-out run of “Jesus Christ Superstar” at Marblehead Little Theatre and directing “Children of Eden” at the Theatre Company of Saugus. An advocate for underrepresented composers, she also staged Pauline Viardot-García’s “Cendrillon” with the Cambridge Chamber Ensemble, where her staging was praised as “particularly convincing…perfectly expressive and deeply touching”.
A music educator and choral conductor, Ms. Dietrich graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelor’s in Musical Theatre Performance where she studied choral conducting with Dr. Robert Russell, vocal performance with David Goulet, and musical theatre with Ed Reichert. She also attended the Longy School of Music for her Graduate Performance degree in Opera. She has been on faculty with the North End and Music Performing Arts Center since 2011 as a music director for the music theatre troupe, a voice teacher, and as a choral conductor whose choirs have performed with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra under the baton of Christopher Wilkins, as well as conducting the Boston Landmarks Orchestra herself for the Prelude Concert to their collaborative Handel’s Messiah with NEMPAC. Her choir, in 2018, performed as a Prelude Concert to a Landmarks performance at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade also with Ms. Dietrich conducting. She is the Director and Co-Founder of the Boston Opera Outreach Troupe, frequently teaches for the Watertown Children’s Theatre, and was a Master Teaching Artist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Follow her work as a director and singer at www.DietrichDirectorMezzo.com