photo: Timothy Gurzak

The Arts Fuse lauds de la Guardia’s sound as “lovely, natural” and “as clear and powerful as grain alcohol.”

As an active soprano vocalist, Aliana de la Guardia has garnered acclaim for her “dazzling flights of virtuosity” (Gramophone) in “vocally fearless” performances that are “fizzing with theatrical commitment” (The Boston Globe).

A graduate of the Boston Conservatory and consummate interpreter of new classical concert repertoire, she has enjoyed collaborations with many ensembles featuring today’s most eminent composers including “Scenes from a Novel” and “Kafka Fragments” with violinist Gabriela Diaz by György Kurtág, “Aspen Suite” by Salvatore Sciarrino,“Nenia: the Death of Orpheus” by Harrison Birtwistle conducted by Jeffery Means, and the world premiere of “Earth Songs” by Ronald Perrera with New England Philharmonic, among others.

Some favorite new operatic roles include the Doctor in Persona by Keeril Makin, based on the Ingmar Bergman film,under the music direction of Evan Ziporyn with Beth Morrison Projects, and the Voice in Oration by Line Tjönoi with the Center for Contemporary Opera under the music direction of Lidiya Yankovskaya.

She has enjoyed additional collaborations featuring today’s most eminent composers with American Lyric Theater, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston New Music Festival, Dinosaur Annex, Enigma Chamber Opera, Ludovico Ensemble, Monadnock Music, New Gallery Concert Series, the PARMA Festival, Transient Canvas, and Winsor Music, among others.

As a recording artist, she can be heard singing the title role of “Loose” on Guerilla Opera’s Loose, Wet, Perforated by Nicholas P. Vines, and in compilations of music by composers Alan Beeler, Gordon Eagle, Carl Vollrath, and Marvin J. Carlton on Navona and Ravello Records. Aliana can also be heard on classical label imprints of PARMA Recordings, on BMOP Sound singing lead roles in the opera Cymbeline by Charles Fussell, as well as on independent labels featuring compilations of music by composers Andy Vores and Oliver Caplan, and of Curtis K. Hughes in the lead role of Sarah Palin on Guerilla Opera’s Say It Ain’t So, Joe and in the compilation album Danger Garden.

A skilled actor and theater artist who specializes in new music, Aliana de la Guardia is especially fit for premiering new operas, genre-bending performance art, devised works, video and film projects, and intimate performances such as with Mountain Time Arts “Stand by Snow: Chapter One” and the multidisciplinary work of Atlas Unlimited. She has also been featured on television guest-starring on ABC’s “Body of Proof.”

Albums

Fleeting Realms Vol. 2

Release Date: May 14, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6348
21st Century
Chamber
Piano Trio
String Quartet
Voice
Even the briefest moments can burn themselves into memory, inspiring feelings that last a lifetime. On FLEETING REALMS VOL 2, works in chamber settings tap into our innermost thoughts and emotions, stirring the senses and sparking imagination.
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Old & New Poetry

Release Date: June 11, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6342
21st Century
Vocal Music
Clarinet
Saxophone
Voice
Carl Vollrath’s OLD AND NEW POETRY from Navona Records is a lovingly-prepared setting of the works of seminal poets William Blake and Sara Teasdale, as well as the contemporary writer John Gracen Brown. The verses chosen by Vollrath—including such varied selections as Blake’s “The Fly,” Teasdale’s “Dusk In War Time,” and Brown’s “The Coming of a Summer Rainstorm”—all reflect the composer’s belief in the interdependency of all life on earth. Employing piano, saxophone, and mezzo-soprano, Vollrath thoughtfully pushes tonal boundaries in response to the poetic language.
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Loose, Wet, Perforated

Release Date: October 13, 2017
Catalog Number: NV6124
21st Century
Opera
Stage Works
Voice
Composer Nicholas Vines’ surreal opera Loose, Wet, Perforated comes to life in this Navona Records release. Commissioned by the Boston-based experimental opera company Guerilla Opera, and premiered in 2011, this recording coincides with a new production of Loose, Wet, Perforated that involves video projection and audience interaction.
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The Vocal Music Of Alan Beeler

Release Date: July 8, 2016
Catalog Number: NV6049
21st Century
Liturgical
Vocal Music
Choir
Voice
The music of Alan Beeler (1939-2016) is frequently a compact, tightly focused one, presenting sharp contrasts of color and mood in the context of clear, direct compositional structures. Although noticeably influenced by artistic movements in Europe and America during the first half of the 20th century, Beeler’s musical voice is an identifiable one – crisp, bold, and pointedly quirky.
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