Music Assistant Professor of Music and Music Education
Phone: 998 5770
Mezzo-soprano, Assistant Music Professor Dianna Heldman has performed extensively throughout the United State singing principle roles with Birmingham Opera Theater, Indianapolis Opera, Lyric Opera of Dallas, Opera Festival of New Jersey, The Florentine Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Memphis, American Opera Projects, Kentucky Opera, Lyric Opera of San Antonio and Opera North. Making her New York debut at Weill Hall in 1995 premiering Summer’s End, songs by Carlton Clay, she then joined the New York City Opera in productions of Der Rosenkavalier, Carmen, La Traviata, The Magic Flute, Madama Butterfly, Kinkakuji, Mikado, Rigoletto and La Cenerentola. A favorite of the company, she sang the roles of Rosina and Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Musetta in La Bohéme and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly in City Opera’s National Company tours as well representing the company in a concert in Manaus, Brazil. Equally active on the concert stage, she has sung with the symphonies and chamber orchestras of Indianapolis, Columbus, Cincinnati and is a regular guest artist with the Utica, Schenectady, and Catskill Symphonies. Joining the music education and vocal performance adjunct faculty at NYU Steinhardt in 1998, Dianna is now the Associate Director of the program in vocal performance and is a recipient of the New York University, Steinhardt School Teaching Excellence Award.
Professor Heldman received her Bachelor of Music. from Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam, her M.M.Ed. from the University of North Texas, a Performance Certificate from the Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria and Artist Diploma in Opera Performance from Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati.