Photo by Meghan Hall
Our guest speaker at the upcoming NATS Ontario Chapter meeting and banquet (November 18th) will be director Tom Diamond.
Following an early career as an actor and theatre director, Mr. 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 Elora Festival (Chalmers Award) and Chan Ka Nin’s Iron Road (Dora Mavor Moore Award) for Tapestry New Opera Works where he is in his third season as Resident Director/Dramaturge.
He has staged 5 productions for Pacific Opera Victoria and 9 operas for the Canadian Opera Company including the Dora winning Julius Caesar and most recently a successful resurrection of the obscure Don Giovanni by Guiseppe Gazzaniga (the inspiration for Mozart’s masterpiece). His production of Squonk was an off-Broadway hit and transferred to Broadway where it won the American Theatre Wing’s Hewes Award. Mr. Diamond’s first short film, The Perfect Match, premiered to unanimous critical acclaim as part of Tapestry’s Opera To Go at Harbourfront’s World Stage Festival. It 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 one of the most renown 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, and annually in summer programmes for Queen of Puddings and in Saint Andrews By The Sea, New Brunswick with Wendy Nielsen.
Mr Diamond is perhaps most often recognized for his participation in both seasons of the Gemini Award-winning television series BATHROOM DIVAS.