Aliana de la Guardia (General Manager/Co-Foundating Artist) is a soprano vocalist specializing in New Music, as well as an actor, teacher, and producer dubbed by Stuff Magazine as “an anomalous player on the Boston music scene,” and hailed by The Boston Globe as “vocally fearless” and “fizzing with theatrical commitment.”
The Cuban-American performer began training in theater and film at a young age in her native New Jersey and completed studies in voice and opera at The Boston Conservatory (B.M. ’05 and M.M. ’07).
An avid performer of New Music, she has performed the works of many of the leading composers of our time such as Birtwistle, Gorecki, Harvey, Kurtág, Sciarrino, and among others. She a co-founding artist of Guerilla Opera, with which she has co-produced and premiered 12 new operas with roles written specifically for her, and the director of Dirty Paloma, which has been bringing concerts to Boston and beyond since 2010 with varied repertoire. De la Guardia is committed to developing new vocal repertoire, frequently collaborating with living composers. The Arts Fuse writes: “Her natural sound is lovely, as clear and powerful as grain alcohol… In addition, her control of “in the margin” techniques is super.” Additional New Music performances include: The Boston Conservatory New Music Festival, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Center for Contemporary Opera, Firebird Ensemble, Harvard Group for New Music, I/O Ensemble, Ludovico Ensemble, PARMA Festival, and Xanthos Ensemble.
Her experience extends to standard classical repertoire as well, including performances with Boston Lyric Opera, Granite State Opera, New England Philharmonic, Lorelei Ensemble, Cappella Clausura, and among others. She can also be seen on television guest staring in the episode entitled “Missing” in the second season of ABC’s “Body of Proof.”
Additional engagements include guest speaker at the National Opera Association Convention in Memphis, TN (’12) and guest panelist at Boston Lyric Opera’s “Night at the Opera” series (’12). Artistic residencies include the University of Memphis, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Harvard University, and performance faculty at Hubbard Hall Opera Theater. She is currently a voice teacher in Massachusetts at Wakefield Public Schools and at the Be Imagine Music Studio in Haverhill.