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  • Professor of Voice
  • Head, Division of Vocal Arts
Office Phone: 512-471-0745
Office Location: MRH 4.118
  • Voice

Darlene Wiley has been critically acclaimed on three continents for her work in lieder, opera and oratorio. She began her career as lyric coloratura at the Staatstheater Darmstadt performing over 50 roles in such operas as I Pagliacci,Die Zauberflute, 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. In 1985 she gave her first Carnegie Hall Recital featuring the lieder of Mozart and Strauss. Her lieder performances and recordings of Schubert, Haydn, Mozart and Schumann with pianist Nancy Garrett are highly acclaimed. 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) Darlene Wiley’s broadcasting credits include PBS, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), KUT, KLRU’s Front Row Center, Deutschefunk, Hessischer Rundfunk, Seoul Educational Broadcasting, and WFMT. She is currently Professor of Voice at the University of Texas at Austin and director of the CASA Vocal Arts Lab and supervisor of the DMA Vocal Pedagogy Program. 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, Salzburg, Austria.Awards include that of Distinquished Professor at Myong Ji University, Seoul, Korea and Sook Myong University, Seoul, Korea. Several of her current and former students are emerging as artists in their own right including appearances at the Metropolitan Opera, Staatsoper Berlin, Salzburg Festspiele, Washington Opera, Los Angeles Opera, St. Louis Opera, City Opera of New York.