the stage director.

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 was selected as a Fellow in Directing with Chicago Summer Opera for their 2021 season, assistant directing "Don Giovanni".

 

In the fall of 2019, Ms. Dietrich joined the voice faculty at the University of Southern Maine as an Artist Faculty. 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 of a female composer. Ms. Dietrich's staging was chosen by OperaWire as one of the Top 5 Must See Operas in North America for its opening weekend. For her 2nd season, she and the NEMPAC Opera Project were hailed by the Boston Globe for their outdoor Pop-Up Opera performances of "The Barber of Seville" around the North End of Boston and Charlestown. This staging and choice was said to have "demonstrated an impressive level of ingenuity" at a time when traditional enclosed theatrical performances could not be safely done due to the global pandemic.

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". She directed "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with The North Shore Players, also on Zoom, to close the season.

Her most recent select productions include stage directing a sold-out run of "Jesus Christ Superstar" at Marblehead Little Theatre and "Children of Eden" at the Theatre Company of Saugus. 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. 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, as well, Ms. Dietrich graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelor's in Musical Theatre Performance. She attended the Longy School of Music for her Graduate Performance degree in Opera. She has served 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, a Choral Teaching Artist at the St. John School for 6 years, and as a choral conductor whose choirs have performed with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra under the baton of Christopher Wilkins. Her choir, in 2018, performed as a Prelude Concert to a Landmarks performance at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade 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.

 in the press. 

"Alexandra Dietrich’s staging, including choreography and mime, was particularly convincing...But the Act II duet between Cendrillon and the Prince (“C’est moi! Ne craignez rien!” in the French score), as they dance alone on the stage, was perfectly expressive and deeply touching"

- Mark DeVoto, Boston Musical Intelligencer

"And then, there was the blocking, which was generally quite excellent. The blocking played with the height of the levels in Faneuil Hall to rather striking effect, particularly in the first act when it depicts the Prince’s journey from his little asteroid to Earth, and how it colors his interactions with the various characters he meets along the way...from the comedy of the baobab seedlings running around being chased by the Prince’s rake through the choreography of a hunter’s chorus in Act II all the way to the Prince’s not-quite death at the hands of the snake, as the snake dragged him through a row of children." - Arturo Fernandez, Schmopera

"Latinx artists kicked off Yo Soy LOLA’s 2019 LOLA Week with an intimate, multidimensional performance, “Las Que Sueñan,” at a sold-out American Repertory Theater in Cambridge...No one artist was confined by the stage; instead, the performance flowed into and around the crowd giving an inviting, interactive experience...really brilliant. Extremely moving." - Jacob R. Jimenez, The Harvard Crimson

upcoming ventures.

previous productions.

NEMPAC

 presents

Nuestras Raíces

A Virtual Fundraiser Concert in Celebration of our LatinX Faculty  Artists for LatinX Heritage Month 

 

Artistic Director: Alexandra Dietrich

Featuring: Jhon Alvarado, Amalia Maria Chavarria, Josaphat Contreras, and

Jose Soto

with

Dan Rodriguez, pianist

 

For ticketed link: Click Here


October 4th, 2021

6:00 pm

Chicago Summer Opera

Fellow in Directing

 

Don Giovanni

Director: Garnett Bruce

Assistant Director: Alexandra Dietrich

Chicago, IL

August, 2021

pop-up opera: in the streets of boston's little italy  

the barber of seville, by rossini 

 

NEMPAC Opera Project, June 2020 

North End, Boston, MA

Artistic Director: Alexandra Dietrich

las que sueñan, by gil 

yo soy lola, October 2019 

Oberon, Cambridge, MA

Stage Director: Alexandra Dietrich

Dance Director: Stephane Bates

Co-Artistic Directors: Ana Masacote & Amanda Bravo

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the little prince, by portman

NEMPAC opera project, june 2019

Artistic Director & Stage Director: 

Alexandra Dietrich

Music Director & Conductor: Dr. Tiffany Chang

Plane Designer: Nicholas Raponi

Costume Designer: Brittany Meehan

Lighting Design: Thomas Simpson

jesus christ superstar, by webber

marblehead little theater, april 2019

Director: Alexandra Dietrich

Music Director: Lianne Goodwin

Choreographer: Kathleen Tringale

Technical Direction: Andrew Barnett

Lighting Design: Bryan Lussier

Sound Design: Greg Dana

Costumes: Amanda Allen

Make-up Design: Charlie Kellogg

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cendrillon, by massenet

cambridge chamber ensemble, may 2018

 

Director: Alexandra Dietrich

 

Music Director: Juliet Cunningham

Producer: Martha Birnbaum

Costumes: Alexandra Dietrich 

Make-up: Erin Anderson

Lighting Designer: Alexandra Dietrich and Andy Li

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children of eden, by schwartz

theatre company of saugus, february 2019

 

Director: Alexandra Dietrich

Music Director: Matthew Putnam

Choreographer: Kathleen Tringale 

Technical Direction: Larry Segel

Lighting Design: Matthew Garlin

 Costumes: Amanda Allen

Makeup and Hair: Maggie Stokes

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