Member since 2021

Darlene Wiley

I listen before I speak.

Member since 2021

Darlene Wiley

I listen before I speak.

Darlene Wiley, Frank C. Erwin Endowed Professor in Opera is Professor of Voice and supervisor of the DMA Vocal Pedagogy Program at the University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music .

Her performance career began as lyric coloratura at the Staatstheater Darmstadt, performing over 50 roles in such operas as I Pagliacci, Die Zauberflöte, Don Pasquale, Tales of Hoffmann, La Traviata and Le Nozze di Figaro. A veteran of over 1500 performances, Ms. Wiley has sung at over 25 opera houses, including Mannheim, Wiesbaden, Kassel, Mainz, Ulm and Kiel. As an oratorio performer she has sung with the Radio Sinfonie

Orchester Frankfurt, the Cleveland Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, Dallas Symphony and the Austin Symphony. She has been heralded as ” a thrilling Nedda…. amazingly sung… passionately acted.”(Opern Welt) “With sassy charm and convincing Chaplinesque style, this graceful soprano is the ideal Rossini coloratura.” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

• Master of Music in Voice, University of Illinois, Champaign - Urbana (1969)
• Bachelor of Music Education in Instrumental Music with Honors, College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio (1967)

• American Academy of Teachers of Singing
• National Association of Teachers of Singing
• Pan American Vocology Association

Darlene Wiley’s broadcasting credits include PBS, Canadian Broadcasting, KUT, KLRU’s Front Row Center, Deutschefunk, Hessischer Rundfunk, Seoul Educational Broadcasting, and WFMT.. She has given many master classes including Taejon, Seoul, Chuncheon, Pusan, Ulsan, Korea, University of Missouri, University of Kansas, Augustana College, Bluffton College, Pittsburg State University, Chopin Conservatory, Warsaw, L’Ecole du Opera, Liceo, Barcelona, Darmstadt, Germany, Oklahoma State University, College of Wooster, Akron University, University of West Virginia and Salzburg, Austria. Awards include that of Distinguished Professor at Myong Ji University, Seoul, Korea, and Sook Myong University, Seoul, Korea. Current and former students are emerging as artists, including appearances at the Metropolitan Opera, Staatsoper Berlin, Salzburg Festspiele, Washington Opera, Los Angeles Opera, St. Louis Opera, City Opera of New York, Seoul National Opera and Opera Hagen. Dozens of former students have become outstanding exemplary music educators in public schools and universities.


Publications include  Singing: The Timeless Muse and NATS articles.

Genre Specialization/Research Interest

Opera, Lieder, Art Song, Oratorio

Teaching Philosophy

Each student and I embark on the discovery process: How best can the voice student and I achieve and create his/her most artistic, musical and vocally satisfying performance possible.

Called to Teach

Three important pedagogues/voice teachers: Bruce Foote, Dale Moore and Richard Miller determined my future! 

Specific Pedagogical opinions for Vocal Questions you feel are important

What is the future of classical singing? Will classical singing exist in 2050?

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