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  • Professor Emeritus of Opera
rdesimone@austin.utexas.edu
Office Location: PAC 3.602
Specialties:
  • Opera Studies

Robert DeSimone, Is Professor Emeritus of Opera and former Director of the Butler Opera Center. During his time at UT he combined active careers in stage direction, conducting, and administration. A protégé of Norah Quarrie of the Sadler Wells Theater in England, he spent four years training in the tradition of England’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, with other training in Switzerland, Italy and the US. He has worked with the Rome Opera, Teatro Eliseo, Goldoni Opera, Opernhaus Zurich, and numerous German Theaters, plus serving as Resident Stage Director for Seattle Opera. His work has been seen at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Los Angeles Music Center, and in regional opera companies.

He retired from The University of Texas in 2019.