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Diane Alexander Hits All The Right Notes On The Coronado Public Library Podcast

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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2019 3:55 pm

Accomplished operatic soprano, and Coronado Shores resident, Diane Alexander is performing at the library on Saturday, August 17th at 7:00 pm. She sat down with Digital Media Librarian Nick Burmeister to discuss her career as a musician, and her upcoming performance on the Coronado Public Library Podcast. The following is an excerpt from the podcast. (Portions of the excerpt have been edited for clarity)

Nick Burmeister: How did you get into opera singing? What’s your background there?

Diane Alexander: I feel like I came out of the womb singing! I came from a family of musicians. My mom is a church organist and pianist, and I started singing in the children’s choir in church. When she heard that I had a voice she asked if I’d be interested in taking voice lessons. I said yes. I was fifteen and started voice training then. I was always a ham. I was not afraid to get in front of family and friends and entertain so I’ve always had not one bit of stage fright. It was later that I decided to pursue opera.

NB: So, you went to music school after High School?

DA: I did.

NB: Where did you go?

DA: I’m from Rhode Island, so I grew up in a small state. I went to the state college there and it awarded me a lot of opportunities to perform locally, with the Rhode Island Symphony. I worked a lot with chamber ensembles, and I got to go to Boston and New York a lot so being in Rhode Island was great because I could go do auditions and stuff like that.

NB: Yeah, it’s a just a train trip to New York those kinds of places.

DA: Right, once I graduated from college I started heading to New York and auditioning.

NB: So where have you sung before?

DA: I’ve been very fortunate. Early on in my career I was accepted into some very prestigious young artists programs. With the San Francisco opera, the Tanglewood Music Festival, I toured with the San Francisco Opera and the New York City Opera. That was very early in my career. Of course, I’ve worked very hard to have a career like this. It’s practice and discipline, the networking, it’s very challenging, but I’ve loved it my entire life. I still love it, its just a part of who I am…So I started honing in on my craft and what roles were suited for me and I started getting hired for a lot of the same roles with lots of companies around the United States.

NB: What kind of roles? You’re a soprano so that major.

DA: So some of the roles I was known for were The Merry Widow, Franz Lehar, I did a lot of operetta which is light opera, I was also known for my American opera portrayals of Carlisle Floyd’s operas like Susanna, Of Mice and Men. I did the world premiere of Cold Sassy Tree, which was Carlisle Floyd’s opera at the Houston Grand Opera. I’ve performed a lot with regional companies around the United States. I was the Metropolitan Opera young artist winner, I’ve won prestigious New York awards in vocal competitions, career grants, Hawaii Opera, Nashville Opera, Washington National Opera and the San Diego Opera: that is how I ended up out here. New Orleans, I think I’ve sung in every state in the country.

NB: So, you said you sang with the San Diego Opera and that’s how you ended up here, do you live in Coronado now?

DA: I do. It’s a funny story. I was performing with the San Diego Opera and I had to rent a place to live for a month, and I rented a condo down at the Coronado Shores, and I had some issues with my condo, so I called the building manager and I ended up marrying him!

To hear more of this conversation, including stories about her time working for the library and what to expect from her August 17th performance, subscribe to the Coronado Public Library Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, SoundCloud and Podomatic.

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