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Alta Boover Dantzler, mezzo-soprano, is a singer praised by audiences and critics for her “perfect comic timing” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) and “lustrous big voice…with excellent diction and plummy tones” (Saratoga Daily Gazette). In New York, she appeared at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center as the Narrator in Peter and the Wolf as well as in the premiere of a new version of Victor Herbert’s Babes in Toyland. On the operatic stage, she has performed with Opera Carolina, Toledo Opera, Arbor Opera Theatre, Austin Lyric Opera, Shreveport Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera. In both 2005 and 2007 she was a District Winner and Regional Finalist in the renowned Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and can be seen in the documentary The Audition which chronicles the 2007 competition.
Her passion for performing extends from opera to musical theater to concert and oratorio. She spent five seasons with the Ohio Light Opera, the only professional company in the United States entirely devoted to the preservation of operetta. With them, she honed her skill as a performer of the Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire, and played Prince Orlofsky in Strauss’ popular work Die Fledermaus
She has appeared as a concert soloist with the Helena Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (MI and NY), the Toledo Symphony, the Shreveport Symphony, the Dearborn Symphony, Oakland Symphony, North Mississippi Symphony, the Texarkana Regional Chorale, the Temple Symphony, and the Texas Symphony in performances including Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Bach’s St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, Magnificat, Weinachts Oratorio, and Handel’s Messiah. In 2006 she toured Brazil as the alto soloist in a resurrection of the work of Jose Mauricio Nunes Garcia in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, as well as gave the World Premiere performance of Robert Orledge’s orchestration of Debussy’s Trois Chansons de Billitis at the International Congress on Claude Debussy in Austin Texas.
She recorded the role of Dame Paula in Victor Herbert's Sweethearts with Albany Records for which she was lauded by Opera News for her "hefty mezzo voice, and strong characterization that dominated the stage." She can also be heard on the Albany Records and Operetta Archives labels as Dame Durden in Reginald deKoven's operetta Robin Hood, Aunt Mathilde in Sigmund Romberg’s Maytime and most recently recorded Princess Marghanza in John Phillip Sousa’s comic operetta El Capitan.
In 2004-2005 she was a member of Shreveport Opera's young artist program, which brings opera to more than 50,000 school-aged children every year. While an apprentice with the Des Moines Metro Opera, she performed the role of The Moll in Blitzstein's The Cradle Will Rock.
Ms. Boover is originally from Worcester, Massachusetts. She attended Skidmore College after winning the Filene Music Scholarship, and began her formal voice training with Anne Turner. While an undergraduate at Skidmore College, she spent a semester in Paris studying voice at the Schola Cantorum, and studied 20th Century Opera in conjunction with the Schola and the Sorbonne. She also had the opportunity to sing with the Choeur Maurice de Sully of the Notre Dame Cathedral, and developed a strong interest in early music, Gregorian and Medieval Chant.
She graduated magna cum laude from Skidmore before completing her Master’s degree at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. While at Eastman she appeared in many concert and operatic performances, from J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion to her favorite role to date, Mrs. Lovett in Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd. She holds a Doctoral Degree from the University of Texas at Austin.