Dianna Heldman, Associate Director of Vocal Performance

Mezzo Soprano, Voice Teacher, Music Educator

Instructor of Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, and Opera Workshop for the Program in Vocal Performance


Mezzo-soprano 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. Dianna made her New York debut at Weill Hall in 1995 premiering Summer’s End, songs by Carlton Clay. Since then she has performed with 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 of Indianapolis, Columbus the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and is a regular guest artist with the Utica, Schenectady, and Catskill Symphonies performing such works as the Requiem masses of Verdi, Mozart and Duruflé, Magnificats of Bach and Rutter, the St. John Passion, Christmas Oratorios of Bach and Saint Saëns, and the Mass in C minor by Mozart. Dianna returns to the Utica Symphony next spring to sing Les Nuits D’?té by Berlioz. She is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the American Guild of Musical Artists. Dianna is a recipient of the New York University, Steinhardt School Teaching Excellence Award.

Professor Heldman received her B.M. 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 - Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria and Artist Diploma in Opera Performance from Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati.