Soprano Diba Alvi has quickly gained recognition for her beautiful voice and dynamic stage presence. She has received critical acclaim for both her operatic roles and concert performances. For her debut concert with Pittsburgh Opera in Samuel Ramey and Friends the Pittsburgh Tribune Review said: “From her first note in Musetta’s Waltz from La Boheme, soprano Diba Alvi commanded the stage with stellar vocalism and a sharply dramatic personality…selections by Mozart (The Marriage of Figaro) on the second half were exquisite…”
Most recently Ms. Alvi debuted with the Central Maryland Chorale singing the soprano solo in Orff’s Carmina Burana. She also debuted with the Handel Choir of Baltimore singing the Baltimore premiere of The Song of the Shulamite by Donald McCoullough. She also sang the soprano solo in the Stein arrangement of Mahler’s Symphony #4 with Inscape Orchestra. In the summer of 2015 Ms. Alvi also joined the faculty of E.P.C.A.S.O. (The Ezio Pinza Council for American Singers of Opera) in Italy and will return there this summer.
In the 2011-2012 season she debuted with Inscape Chamber Orchestra (MD), singing Zemlinsky’s Maiblumen blüten überall. She then debuted with Owensboro Symphony Orchestra in Kentucky singing the soprano solo in Poulenc’s Gloria. During the summer Ms. Alvi returned to the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh to where she reprised her role of First Lady in The Magic Flute in OPT’s Summerfest.
Ms. Alvi began the 2010-2011 season as a featured soloist in Johnstown Symphony Orchestra’s annual Opera Festival. In October she sang the role of the Jungfrau in a rare performance of Schumann’s oratorio Das Paradies und die Peri during the Schumann Festival at the University Maryland. Next Ms. Alvi sang the role of Euridice in Gluck’s Orpheus and Euridice with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh.
The 2009-2010 season included a recital of baroque arias and duets with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh in the Carnegie Museum’s Hall of Architecture, Messiah with Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and Rorem’s Evidence of Things Not Seen at the University of Maryland as part of “America Sings in the Nation’s Capital 2010, A Festival of American Music for the Voice.”
During the 2008-2009 season, she gave her debut concert with the Johnson City (Tennessee) Symphony Orchestra in a program entitled An Evening with Diba Alvi and then reprised her role of Adele in Die Fledermaus with the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, for which the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette described her as “spectacular, alluring and impressive” and “stealing the show.” She performed in concert with Grammy Award winner Michele Pertusi at the Pittsburgh Opera in April. Additional engagements this season included Tonina in Prima la musica e poi le parole and Nella in Gianni Schicchi, both with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh.
Highlights of the 2007-2008 season include Ms. Alvi performing the role of Miss Warblewell in The Impresario in November and Adele in Die Fledermaus in December, both with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. She performed Miss Warblewell again in January 2008 in conjunction with the Frick Fine Art Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, in a music/art collaboration entitled “The Impresario and the Entrepreneurs.”
Other operatic engagements include the roles of Woglinde, Helmwige and the Forest Bird in the Bi-coastal premiere of Jonathan Dove’s adaptation of Wagner’s Ring Saga (Long Beach Opera and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, 2005-2006), Catherine in A View from the Bridge (Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, 2004), Gretel in Hansel and Gretel (Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, 2002-2004), Valencienne in The Merry Widow (Palm Beach Opera, 2003), First Lady in The Magic Flute (Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, 2002), Ines in Donizetti’s La Favorita (Opera Orchestra of New York, 2001) and Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera (Palm Beach Opera, 2000.).
Additional concert engagements include Handel’s Messiah (Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, 2006), New Music in Motion (University of Pittsburgh, 2005), and Vivaldi’s Gloria (3 Rivers Concert Society, 2004).
Ms. Alvi completed her doctoral studies at the University of Maryland, where she was the recipient of the Robert McCoy Graduate Assistantship Award. She is currently on faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.