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DIANE GARTON EDIE
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Diane Garton Edie

Diane Garton Edie

Diane Garton Edie has worked with OFY since 1992 in various capacities: singer, board member, librettist, stage director, company manager and, since 1996, artistic director.

Diane's work as director, librettist and primary artistic outreach/ education coordinator has been recognized and supported locally, regionally, and on the national level. Her libretti for OFTY's hailed collection of adaptations have been enjoyed by school and family audiences throughout the upper Midwest since 1994. Diane has adapted/created libretti for The Barber of Seville, Cinderella, The Elixir of Love, The Pirates of Penzance, Orpheus Returns, The Magic Flute, Rusalka, and Hansel and Gretel. Her newest creation is an exotic retelling of Beauty and the Beast - set to make its debut in 2014. The recent publication and rental of these works now makes this uniquely accessible repertoire available to an even wider audience. Diane also oversees our summer program, Build Your Own Opera.

Diane has enjoyed a combined career in performance, play writing and directing, and arts administration. With degrees in theatre and drama from Smith College and Indiana University, her special province is out-of-the-mainstream cultural arts programming for participants and audiences from a broad age, geographic and socio-economic range. Previous projects include Creative Arts Over 60, an educational and recreational program for older adults; the International Youth Arts Festival, a performing and visual arts showcase; regional operetta/ opera/ musical theatre productions; and several original artist-in-residence programs. During her time at Opera for the Young, more than 1.5 million children have been introduced to opera through her work.

Last Updated: 2/28/17

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