Alexandra Dietrich, originally from Freeport, Maine, is a mezzo-soprano who is being praised for singing with "passion and understanding". Her 2017-2018 season kicked off with back-to-back performances with Odyssey Opera in "L'assedio di Calais", the stage premiere of Dello Joio's "The Trial at Rouen" in the Heavenly Voice trio, “Jeanne au bucher", and “Giovanna D’arco". BMOP (Boston Modern Orchestra Project) has recorded “The Trial at Rouen" on their label with a future release date to be announced. This season, she also joins the Metropolitan Chorale of Brookline, conducted by Dr. Lisa Graham, as their Mezzo-Soprano Artist in Residence where she was featured this past fall as the Alto soloist for Rachmaninoff's choral masterpiece "All-Night Vigil". Upcoming performances include a return to singing the National Anthem for the Portland Sea Dogs, as well as singing the Alto solos in "Elijah" with the Paul Madore Chorale Summer Sing.
Ms. Dietrich has performed with many Boston opera companies and music ensembles including OperaHub ("Der Vampyr", "La Hija de Rappaccini"), Boston Midsummer Opera ("Martha"), Boston Opera Collaborative ("Dead Man Walking", "La Cenerentola"), NEMPAC Opera Project ("Carmen", "La Cenerentola"), Lowell House Opera ("Lakmé", "Pikovaya Dama"), Juventas New Music Ensemble ("The Body Politic", and MetroWest Opera ("Cendrillon", "Suor Angelica", "Little Women"). Favorite roles to date include Anita in “West Side Story" with Asheville Lyric Opera, Tisbe in "La Cenerentola" with Grand Harmonie and Boston Opera Collaborative, and the New England premiere of Jake Heggie's "Dead Man Walking" under the baton of Michael Sakir as Jade Boucher. Ms. Dietrich made her role debut as Carmen in the North End Music and Performing Arts Center's inaugural opera performance, "Carmen".
As a soloist, she has sung with such orchestras and companies as the Portland Symphony Pops, the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra, the Charlemagne Orchestra of Belgium, the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, the Longy Chamber Orchestra, and the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, Ms. Dietrich appeared as the alto soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Brown University Orchestra, under the baton of Paul Phillips. She is a staple around New England as a soloist for Handel’s “Messiah".
In 2009, Ms. Dietrich was awarded both 1st place in the Professional Division of Maine NATS, but also the coveted Lillian Nordica Award, where she sang a recital in the Lillian Nordica Auditorium on the date of the famous soprano's last recital in the auditorium named in her honor.
As a teacher, she is thrilled to be on faculty at both the North End Music and Performing Arts Center, music directing their musical theatre classes, and at the St. John School as their choral director. She is an active performer on the Opera on Tap Boston chapter's roster, and is a co-founder of the Boston Opera Outreach Troupe. She was a Master Teaching Artist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild with their Urban Voices program, and has taught numerous programs for the Watertown Children’s Theater. Her students have performed with such orchestras as the Landmarks Orchestra and the Eureka Ensemble. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelor's in Music Performance, and attended the Longy School of Music for her Graduate Performance degree in Opera.