Pacific Opera Victoria
September - October, 2010
Theatre and opera director Tom Diamond has a long and impressive résumé that includes nine productions with the Canadian Opera Company and five with Pacific Opera Victoria. Currently Resident Director and Dramaturg at Tapestry New Opera Works, Mr. Diamond is perhaps most often recognized for his participation in both seasons of the Gemini Award-winning television series Bathroom Divas.
In October 2000 Tom Diamond directed The Barber of Seville for Pacific Opera Victoria. Of this production Times Colonist critic Adrian Chamberlain said, There's a sharpness and pluckiness to Diamond's direction – a thinking man's theatricality that transforms this chestnut into a superior production. Mr. Diamond returned to Pacific Opera to direct The Marriage of Figaro (2003), Norma (2004), Rigoletto (2006) and Manon Lescaut (2006); Rigoletto was also performed with Orchestra London in London, Ontario. Mr. Diamond returns to POV in October 2010 to direct Rossini's great comic opera Cinderella (La Cenerentola).
Following an early career as an actor and theatre director, Tom Diamond began his operatic work as a member of the Canadian Opera Company's Ensemble Studio. Career highlights include developing and directing world premieres of Timothy Sullivan's Florence, The Lady With The Lamp for the 1992 Elora Festival (Chalmers Award). His 1999 production of Squonk was an off-Broadway hit and transferred to Broadway where it won the American Theatre Wing's Hewes Award.
His stagings for the Canadian Opera Company have included internationally acclaimed productions of Giasone and La Calisto by Cavalli, a Dora award winning production of Handel's Julius Caesar and most recently Don Giovanni by Guiseppe Gazzaniga.
For Tapestry New Opera Works, Mr. Diamond developed and staged the world premiere of Chan Ka Nin's Iron Road (with librettist Mark Brownell), a bilingual (Cantonese-English) opera about the building of the Canadian railroad, which won the Dora Mavor Moore award as 2001's Outstanding New Musical. He also developed and staged Tapestry's national tour of Theresa Tova's Still the Night; several seasons of Opera to Go, and the 2009 world premiere of Omar Daniel and Alex Poch-Goldin's The Shadow.
Mr. Diamond's first short film, The Perfect Match, premiered to unanimous critical acclaim as part of Tapestry's 2008 Opera to Go at Harbourfront's World Stage Festival. A short operatic film about two lonely sock puppets, The Perfect Match has been seen at film festivals across North American and was nominated for Best Experimental Film at the Miami Short Film Festival.
Mr. Diamond is also one of the most renowned and sought after teachers on the continent. He is the Acting Coach for the COC Ensemble Studio. He has directed and coached at many universities, Conservatories and Young Artist Programmes including Merola, the Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory, Indiana University, the Royal Conservatory of Music's Glen Gould Studio, The Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, and in summer programmes for Queen of Puddings and in Saint Andrews By The Sea, New Brunswick, with Wendy Nielsen.
Watch the award winning film of the short opera The Perfect Match.
Director: Tom Diamond; Performers: Keith Klassen, Peter MacGillivary. Tapestry New Opera Works, Bravo!FACT
See Tom Diamond in the television series Bathroom Divas:
Additional clips from Bathroom Divas can be viewed on Youtube.