Aliana de la Guardia


Aliana de la Guardia is a Cuban-American artist with a multifaceted career as a soprano vocalist, actor, producer, and arts leader who has “made a significant impact on the music industry through her accomplishments to date.” (Panorama Boston)

She is thrilled to join the voice faculty at the Community Music School of Springfield. She is also the owner and head instructor of the award-winning Dirty Paloma Voice Studio and is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. With two degrees in vocal performance from the Boston Conservatory [at Berklee] and 20 years of teaching experience, she can accommodate students from young beginners to seasoned professionals in styles from popular/commercial to musical theater and classical with professional development in vocal pedagogy from Shenandoah University and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Specializing in new music and opera, she has enjoyed collaborations with opera companies, ensembles, and artists creating genre-bending multidisciplinary works throughout Massachusetts and nationwide. She is a PARMA Recordings Artist and is featured on several commercial releases under that label and through BMOP Sound and independent labels. She is half of the voice and percussion duo, Bahué, which generates a repertoire of new music from Latinx composers, and a co-founding artist and Artistic Director of Guerilla Opera, with which she has produced and performed in many newly commissioned operas over 16 years of programming with roles tailor-made for her “vocally fearless” performances that are “fizzing with theatrical commitment” (The Boston Globe). She can also be seen guest starring on ABC’s 2010 crime series “Body of Proof.”

She has participated in arts and nonprofit leadership programs from Philanthropy Massachusetts, Essex County Community Foundation, OPERA America, Double Edge Theatre, supported by a Public Art Learning Fund Grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), and is on the OPERA America Membership Council. She has also been a visiting artist/lecturer at Harvard University, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Lawrence Conservatory, Vermont College of Fine Arts, University of Maine, and the University of Memphis, served on the faculty at NEFA’s 2021 Regional Dance Development Initiative with speaking engagements at Washington National Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Singers Resource, the Classical Singer Convention, and National Opera Association Convention.

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