Title: Adjunct Associate Professor of Voice
Office: 232 Memorial Hall
Kimberly Daniel de Acha is the recipient of UC’s 2015-16 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award. Performing credits include Yale Repertory Theater, Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts, International Bach Society Concerts at Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center’s Lunchtime Concert Series, New York Philharmonic, Boston’s Collegium Musicum, Greater Miami Opera, New York Kantorei, National Symphony Orchestra, Sanders Theater and Harvard University Concerts, Northshore Music Theatre, Festival Miami, the Mike Douglas Show, NBC TV special hosted by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, ABC, CBS and NBC national and television affiliates, and WQXR and WGBH radio.
Operatic repertory encompasses over thirty roles, including Mozart’s rarely heard works Zaide, Apollo et Hyacynthus and L’Oca del Cairo; Handel’s Imeneo; Menotti’s The Medium with the late Marie Powers; and Mozart’s Don Giovanni directed by the late John Reardon. She has performed concert and orchestral works by Brahms, Orff, Purcell, Haydn and Bach, Stephen Paulus’ Voices from the Gallery with Orchestra Miami and with the New Bedford Symphony, and the American premiere of a set of cabaret songs by Eric Satie, discovered and published in l998.
Musical theatre credits include works by Weill, Coward, Gershwin, Sondheim, Rodgers, Loesser, Schmidt, Styne, Strouse, Lane, Bernstein and others. She has been a proud member of AGMA, AFTRA, and AEA.
In 1986, with husband Rafael de Acha, she co-founded New Theatre in Coral Gables, recognized by the New York Drama Guild as “One of the 50 Best Theaters in America.” During their 20 seasons, New Theatre produced over 150 productions, including 55 world premieres, including Ana in the Tropics (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 2003, Steinberg/ATCA Award for Drama 2003, and Tony nomination for Best New Play in 2004 for the Broadway production). Daniel de Acha performed many roles in South Florida theatres, including the world premier of Ladies and Not So Gentle Women, written for her by Alfred Allan Lewis.
For 19 years she was a member of the voice faculty at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. She served for five years as Master Teacher for all vocal categories for YoungArts (then called NFAA), appearing in the Oscar-nominated documentary Rehearsing a Dream. Her students have performed for the Metropolitan Opera, the Chicago Lyric Opera, Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, as well the Muny, Paper Mill Playhouse, PCLO, Disney Productions in the US and Tokyo, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and others.
Honors include a National First Place Award, National Federation of Music Clubs; the Ethan Ayer Award; First Place Winner, Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions; A Kathryn Long Fellowship Award, Metropolitan Opera; 2 Carbonell Awards; 4 Carbonell Nominations; Curtains Up Award; Honorary Member for Life in Phi Kappa Phi “for outstanding contributions to the arts;” Miami-Dade Co. School Board Artist of Distinction Award; Pi Kappa Lambda; Miami New Times Best of Miami Editors Choice Award and Best Supporting Actress; Greater Miami Arts and Business Council Arts and Education Impact Award Finalist; and Distinguished Ambassador of the Arts Award for the City of Coral Gables. In 2006, with the announcement of their retirement, August 18th was named “Rafael and Kimberly de Acha Day” in Miami-Dade County “for trailblazing contributions to the cultural community of South Florida.”