"With creamy, consoling pipes..." - Boston Musical Intelligencer
Portland Sea Dogs
September 9, 2021
past recorded performances.
Listen to Ms. Dietrich
Alexandra Dietrich, a Puerto Rican American originally from Freeport, Maine, is a mezzo-soprano who is being praised for singing with "passion and understanding". Ms. Dietrich joined the University of Southern Maine in the Fall of 2019 as Artist Faculty in Voice. She, herself, is a proud 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. Her 2019-2020 season opened with Odyssey Opera's concert performance of "Henry VIII" where she sang as a Page and Maid of Honor, and as the Alto Soloist in the Metropolitan Chorale and Chorus pro Musica's collaborative performance of Mendelssohn's "Die erste Walpurgisnacht" and Kodály’s "Budavári Te Deum".
Ms. Dietrich has performed with many New England area opera companies and orchestras including Odyssey Opera, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, OperaHub, and MetroWest Opera where her performance as Jo March in Adamo's "Little Women" was hailed as "large of personality with an instrument to match", possessed "polish and star power", and was awarded the ArtsImpulse Award for Best Female Performer in an Opera for her portrayal.
This past season found Ms. Dietrich returning to perform as the Alto Artist in Residence with the Metropolitan Chorale of Brookline, and performances with the Boston Pops, Odyssey Opera and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. She also sang with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project's "Haroun and the Sea of Stories" featured as a Bird soloist, which was recorded on the BMOP record label. This is her second recording on the BMOPsound label. Her first is the recently released and available on Spotify recording of Dello Joio's "The Trial at Rouen" as part of the Heavenly Voice Trio with Soprano Celeste Godin and Tenor Wes Hunter, which has been nominated for a 2021 GRAMMY Award in the Best Opera Recording Category. Her 2018-2019 season closed with Ms. Dietrich performing featured back-up vocals for Josh Groban at Tanglewood at the Koussevitsky Music Shed in Lenox, MA.
Favorite roles to date include Anita in "West Side Story" with Asheville Lyric Opera, Jade Boucher in the New England premiere of "Dead Man Walking", Carmen in NEMPAC Opera's "Carmen", and as Zita in "Gianni Schicchi" with the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra, where her performance was toasted as "deliciously bitchy" (Portland Phoenix).
As a soloist, she has sung with 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. 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.
"The dominant figure in the narrative, Jo, as Alexandra Dietrich conveyed her was large of personality with an instrument to match. She traced the evolution of the protagonist with polish and star power...But throughout all solos and ensembles in which she figured so centrally, Dietrich’s Jo ruled indefatigably."
- Boston Musical Intelligencer
select past productions.
Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht
Kodály’s Budavári Te Deum
Metropolitan Chorale & Chorus pro Musica
Page & Maid of Honor
Featured Back-up Quartet
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra
Haroun and the Sea of Stories
Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Paul Madore Chorale
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra
Trial at Rouen
Heavenly Voices Trio
All Night Vigil
Metropolitan Chorale of Brookline