Soprano Dr. Lydia Beasley has a decade of teaching experience, including college-level private voice and classroom instruction at the University of Alabama, Mercyhurst University, Southern Virginia University, and Judson College. She believes that, through holistic lessons incorporating not only the basic concepts of vocal technique, but also strengthening musicianship skills, developing successful practice habits, cultivating background knowledge of the repertoire, and performance practice, students learn to produce a properly supported, aesthetically pleasing sound and perform repertoire with emotional connection and poise.
She is an active performer, and has appeared with the Peabody Opera Theatre, Emerald City Opera, The Figaro Project, Erie Opera Theatre, and the University of Alabama Opera Theatre in a variety of roles, such as Mimì in La bohème, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro. An experienced oratorio soloist, she has appeared in Alabama, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Italy in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vivaldi’s and Poulenc’s Gloria, Honegger’s King David, Haydn’s Creation and Lord Nelson Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Fauré’s Requiem, and Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. Additionally, Lydia has conducted research on the life and works of Pauline Viardot with an emphasis on her operetta Le dernier sorcier. She holds a BM, summa cum laude, from Shenandoah Conservatory, an MM from Peabody Conservatory, and a DMA from the University of Alabama. She is a member of the National Opera Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.