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Rebekah Diaz-Fandrei

Performing Arts and Opera Consultant
Rebekah Diaz-Fandrei is a dedicated and accomplished music educator and community programmer, bringing a unique vision to what the future of arts education looks like. As an industry innovator, she recently initiated a nationally-recognized collaboration joining opera with human trafficking victim support groups—Cadenza, an interactive model that guides participants toward therapeutic betterment through music. In following with her personal mission statement,Opera is for Everyone, she has developed strategic and meaningful community partnerships with numerous underserved populations including minority empowerment organizations, rehabilitation centers, institutions for the learning-impaired, civic offices, LGBTQIA+ social and senior groups, and a variety of public and private schools and foundations, often garnering the financial seed money for her grassroots initiatives through her own grant writing abilities. Diaz-Fandrei also developed an unprecedented collaboration with Disney/Pixar to
create custom opera animations for use in multimedia literacy-building experiences in South Florida communities. As the former Director of Education and Community Engagement at Florida Grand Opera (FGO),
she was responsible for the creation of the inaugural regional adolescent opera academy in Southeast Florida. Her efforts at FGO were recently recognized through an international lens, having been departmentally nominated as a finalist in the category of Education and Outreach in the 2018 International Opera Awards. She has been a mentor to numerous teaching artists, teen leadership groups, and interns, and led one of the first and largest chapters of OPERA America’s national Opera Teens
program. Diaz-Fandrei has also arranged, produced, directed, and designed 5 fully-staged “traveling operas” and numerous showcases with regional organizations, complete with standards-based companion
study guides and public speaking tours in schools throughout her regional community.
Before transitioning into her roles in administrative leadership, Diaz-Fandrei was a master teacher in vocal production, having taught on the music faculties of the New World School of the Arts and Florida
International University, where she maintained large private studios and was instrumental in the development of degree program curricula.
In addition to her work in arts education, Diaz-Fandrei enjoys an active performing career as a soprano, spanning numerous musical genres across the opera, zarzuela, and concert stages. Her most recent
appearances have been with Magic City Opera in Miami, Florida. Previously, she sang with the Florida Grand Opera, New World Symphony, Sarasota Opera, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Pittsburgh Ballet, Bronx Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall, Miami Lyric Opera, SoBe Arts Institute, and the Festival Internacional de Música in Medellín, Colombia. She holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and Carnegie Mellon University.