Assistant Professor of Voice
Donnie Ray Albert is a regular guest of opera companies and symphony orchestras around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera as Germont, Los Angeles Opera as Trinity Moses in Mahagonny, Simone in A Florentine Tragedy, and as the Father in Hansel and Gretel, plus numerous appearances with Opera Pacific, Houston Grand Opera, Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Dallas Opera, Arizona; Atlanta Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera,Utah Opera, and the opera companies of New Orleans, Baltimore, Columbus, Kansas City, Omaha, Pittsburgh, and, in Canada, with the companies in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, Manitoba, and Vancouver. In Europe, he has appeared at the Cologne Opera singing all Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffman, Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci, and Frank in Die Tote Stadt, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as the Four Villains, the Royal Opera Wallonie in Liege for Zemlinsky’s A Florentine Tragedy, the National Theater in Prague as Jack Rance, the Deutsche Opera Berlin, Lithuanian National Opera in the title role of Der Fliegende Holländer, plus the opera houses in Bordeaux, Köln, Bregenz, Milan, Mannheim and Hamburg, and in Vienna in the title role in Ernst Bloch’s Macbeth for the Vienna “Klangbogen” Festival. He has appeared in Japan with the New National Theater in Tokyo as Wotan and the Wanderer in Der Ring des Nibelungen, and in Brazil as Jochanaan inSalome in Sao Paolo. As a concert artist, Mr. Albert has sung with the orchestras of Washington DC (National), Cologne, Southwest Florida, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Dallas, Minnesota, Seattle, St. Paul, Los Angeles, Austin, Palm Beach, Greensboro, Grant Park Music Festival, and Madison, Vienna and Linz, in Austria and in Jerusalem. He is also a resident artist with the Center for Black Music Research at Chicago’s Columbia College. In recent seasons, Mr. Albert has appeared as Rigoletto for Vancouver Opera, Amonaso in Riga, Latvia, and Phoenix, Alfio for the Orlando Opera, Iago for the Kentucky Opera, Il Giuramento for the Washington Concert Opera, Das lied von der Erde with Rhode Island Philharmonic, Elijah with the Southwest Florida Master Chorale, concerts with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the Atlanta Symphony, the American Symphony Orchestra for their performance of d’Indy’s Fervaal, Nashville Symphony, the Kentucky Opera as Germont, Latvian Opera as Giorgio in I Puritani, Prague’s National Theater as the Four Villains in a new production of Les Contes d’Hoffman, and the Semper Opera in Dresden for Keith Warner’s new production of Faust, in Paris for Aida, in Riga, Latvia for Otello, Madison Opera for La Traviata, and Washington Concert Opera for Adriana Lecouvreur. Future engagements includes appearances as Amonasro in Edmonton and in the title role of Verdi’s Falstaff for the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen. Donnie Ray Albert was born in Louisiana. He earned a Bachelor of Music Degree at Louisiana State University and a Master of Music Degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Albert may be heard on RCA’s Grammy Award and Grand Prix du Disque winning recording of Porgy and Bess, NOW’s recording of The Horse I Ride Has Wings with David Garvey on piano, EMI’s Frühlingsbegräbnis and Eine Florentinesche Tragodie by Zemlinsky conducted by James Conlon, and Simon Sargon’s A Clear Midnight on the Gasparo label.
Professor of Music
Production Director, Butler Opera Center
Robert DeSimone, Professor of Music and Director of Opera, combines 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.
Assistant Professor of Practice
Music Director & Conductor, Butler Opera Center
The recipient of a 2009 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award for young conductors, Kelly Kuo is entering his second season as both Artistic Director of the Oregon Mozart Players and Music Director and Conductor of the Butler Opera Center at The University of Texas at Austin. Praised as a versatile musician with a diverse repertoire including 75 operas, his work has been described as “colorful and judiciously paced” (Jay Harvey Upstage), a “pleasure to hear” (Anchorage Daily News) and “showing as high a level of ensemble cohesiveness as anyone could demand” (The Register Guard). Kuo’s recent engagements include debuts at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Cincinnati Opera. His 2013-14 season includes leading the world premiere of Daron Hagen’s opera, A Woman in Morocco, returning to Anchorage Opera for a new version of Die Fledermaus, and acting as cover conductor for Peter Oundjian with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In his first year as Artistic Director of the Oregon Mozart Players, Kuo’s artistic vision widened the ensemble’s repertoire to include more recent compositions of Gorecki, Harbison and Golijov in addition to celebrating the familiar by introducing a number of works by Mozart, Haydn, Vivaldi, and Rossini which had never been performed by the group in its history. Their performances have received consistently excellent reviews recognizing the immediate growth of the ensemble and in his last collaboration with the ensemble, Kelly was lauded for having “transformed this chamber group into…a band of professional, enthusiastic and superior musicians, playing confidently as one unit” (The Register Guard). Prior to his current positions, Mr. Kuo was Music Director of the Xavier University Chamber Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and, for five years, Assistant Conductor and Artistic Administrator for Opera Pacific. Other engagements have included the Beijing National Centre for the Arts, Festival Euro Mediterraneo, the Lexington Philharmonic, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera. He has also conducted operas for Kentucky Opera, Anchorage Opera, Eugene Opera, Lyric Opera San Diego, New England Conservatory, and New York Harlem Production’s Porgy and Bess in Hamburg, Munich, and Las Palmas. Still active as a keyboardist, his recent performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 was described as having been played “with untiring deliberation, especially drawing in the audience during the extended cadenza of the first movement” (The Register Guard) and in his collaboration with the Lexington Philharmonic’s performances of The Four Seasons, “Kuo’s elegant work at the harpsichord was superb. In fact, the most beautiful moment of the entire concert was the second movement of “Fall,” with Kuo’s ravishing solos on the harpsichord’s lute setting” (Lexington Herald-Leader). Kelly holds a Master in Music in Piano from the Manhattan School of Music, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon where he majored in both music and Chinese, and is an alumnus of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. A native of Oregon, he began his musical studies on the violin at the age of five, made his debut as a piano soloist with the Walla Walla Symphony five years later. He counts among his mentors Byron Janis and Dean Kramer, both students of the Russian piano virtuoso, Vladimir Horowitz. Mr. Kuo’s website is: www.kellykuo.com
Professor of Voice
William Lewis is Professor of Voice, with the Butler Opera Center–focusing on undergraduate opera study–and holder of the Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Professorship in Opera at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Austrian American Mozart Academy in Salzburg, a six-week summer training program in opera performance. He received his education at the University of Colorado, Texas Christian University and New York University. He was professor of voice and opera at Penn State University and New York State University at Binghamton. Prof. Lewis enjoys a highly regarded reputation as a tenor whose versatility spans the operatic repertoire from Mozart to Schoenberg, having performed over one hundred thirty major operatic roles in ten languages. He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Narraboth, where he continued as leading tenor for thirty-five years in such roles as Rodolfo, Cavaradossi, Pinkerton, Macduff, Arrigo, Alfredo, Gabriele, Turiddu, Hoffmann, Don Jose, Romeo, Aeneas, Dimitri, Ghermann, Stewa, Idomeneo, Alwa, the Tambourmajor, Oedipus Rex, and in the dual role of Steuermann and Erik. He made his San Francisco Opera debut in 1975 as Steuermann/Erik and appeared there in subsequent seasons as Stewa (Jenufa), Albert Gregor (The Makropoulos Affair), Boris (Katya Kabanova), Frank Sargent (Angle of Repose – world premiere), the title role in Le Cid, Sergei (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), Golitsin (Khovantschina), Eumete (Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria) and Loge (Das Rheingold). In Europe, the renowned tenor has received critical acclaim at Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Teatro Comunale (Florence), Teatro la Fenice (Venice), Teatro Regio (Torino), Théâtre Nationale de Paris, Opéra Toulouse, Royal Opera Covent Garden (London), English Opera North, Glasgow Opera, Hamburg Staatsoper, Vienna Staatsoper, Teatro São Carlos (Lisbon), Cologne Opera, as well as the festivals at Salzburg, Edinburgh, Spoleto (Italy and U.S.A.), Wexford, Ireland, and Amsterdam. Opera.
Assistant Professor of Practice in Voice
A native of Virginia, Cynthia Morrow is a graduate of Hollins College (Phi Beta Kappa), The University of Maryland, and The Ohio State University, where she earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance. She has been a member of the music faculties at the University of Florida, Mississippi College, and Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Working with both undergraduate and graduate voice students, she has taught a variety of courses related to vocal performance, including vocal literature, vocal pedagogy, applied voice, diction, and opera workshop. As Director of Opera Theater at Mississippi College, she directed performances of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute, and Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, along with numerous workshops and scene recitals. A number of Dr. Morrow’s voice students have won their divisions at the state and regional levels of NATS competitions. Dr. Morrow has performed a wide array of repertoire, including leading roles in Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte (Despina), Poulenc’s Dialogue of the Carmelites (Constance), and Britten’s Albert Herring (Miss Wordsworth), as well as in oratorios by Handel, Bach, and Mozart.
Associate Professor of Music
Director of Choral Activities
James Morrow is Director of Choral Activities at The University of Texas at Austin where he conducts the Chamber Singers and directs the graduate program in choral conducting. He is Founder and Artistic Director of the Bach Cantata Project at the Blanton Museum of Fine Arts and is also Founder and Artistic Director of Ensemble VIII, a professional early music ensemble devoted to historically informed performances of Renaissance and Baroque vocal works. Under Dr. Morrow’s direction, the UT Chamber Singers have recorded two compact disks of American choral music on the Naxos label, and on the Koch International Classics label they recorded Sweet Music of Christmas, as well as Great Hymns of Faith with organist Gerre Hancock. Dr. Morrow led the Chamber Singers in a modern-day premiere and recording of Brazilian composer José Maurício Nunes Garcia’s Missa de Nossa Senhora da Conceição of 1810, and their latest disc of American folksongs is in post-production. Dr. Morrow and the Chamber Singers recently performed Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers with period instruments in celebration of the works 400th anniversary, as well as the complete Tenebrae Responsories of Tomás Luis de Victoria. Dr. Morrow’s choirs have toured internationally, singing for audiences in England, Scotland, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic. The UT Chamber Singers’ most recent international concert tour was to Brazil where they performed with the University of Saõ Paolo Chamber Orchestra in historic venues in São Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, and they toured the Northeastern U.S. in spring 2011, performing in major venues in Boston, New Haven, New York City, and Washington DC. Dr. Morrow performed as a choral singer with Robert Shaw and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in France and in the United States, participating in several recordings for TELARC, as well as performing in concert as baritone soloist under Mr. Shaw’s direction. He is a featured soloist on a TELARC compact disc with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus. A student of the late Gérard Souzay, he has also performed as a baritone soloist with orchestras in a variety of repertoire, including Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, Arvo Pärt’s Passio, and the passions of J. S. Bach. He was twice selected as an Artist/Fellow at the Bach Aria Festival and Institute in Stony Brook, New York. Prior to his appointment at UT, he served as Director of Choral Activities at the University of Florida and at Hope College in Michigan.
Associate Professor of Practice
Pianist Rick Rowley is a very versatile musician and has appeared extensively as a recitalist, a concerto soloist and chamber performer with an exciting list of the world’s leading musicians. The Washington Post recently wrote that he is “a communicative performer who clearly enjoys playing.” He “takes the music on its own terms and infuses it with active interpretation, tempered with understanding of its point and purpose.” The San-Antonio Express-News praised his “resplendent performance … which crackled with infectious energy” and the Austin Statesman-American has praised his “dazzling technique” and “world-class expertise,” calling one of his concerts “concerto playing at its best.” The American Record Guide praised his release of piano music of Franz Liszt saying that “Rowley’s playing is wonderful in these favorites — poetic, tender, full of grandeur.” Of his American music CD they wrote, “By all means, grab this” and recently extolled his Chopin CD writing that “the ‘Fantasy-Impromptu’ can take on all challengers.” In the past Mr. Rowley has appeared as a conductor and in the dual role of conductor/soloist; in this latter capacity his performances of Mozart concertos have been particularly recognized. He has also taken part in concerts on period instruments, performing as harpsichordist with the Texas Bach Aria Group and on fortepiano with the Texas Baroque Ensemble. At various times Mr. Rowley has served in lectureship positions at the University of Texas in Austin and is again currently holding that position, in which he works with pianists, vocalists and chamber music groups. He was the music lecturer/performer for the prestigious Houston Series for three years and his programs were among the most popular in the Series’ history. He is also highly admired as a teacher in master classes and has often worked with pianists, instrumentalists and actor/singers in that framework. Mr. Rowley has recorded, produced and written liner notes for a number of compact discs; his solo recordings feature repertoire by Liszt, Guion, Chopin, Mompou, Granados, Barber, Gershwin, Cumming and Copland. He has recorded chamber music with cellist Peter Rejto; flutist Marianne Gedigian; and clarinetist Patricia Shands. Recently he contributed performances to new discs of music by American composers Kathryn Mishell and Kent Kennan. A CD of songs by Strauss, Turina, Smith and Ward with soprano, Cheryl Parrish, is now in current release. For several years Mr. Rowley maintained a busy career in the theater and is a veteran of nearly fifty productions as actor, musical director and director. His first performances were for children’s theater at Zachary Scott in Austin and he has also worked for several theaters in Houston, the Point Theater in Ingram and the remarkable Unity Theatre in Brenham. He made his directorial debut with a production of The Belle of Amherst for the Unity Theater where he also directed a new play based on letters of George Sand and Gustave Flaubert. He was the sound designer and composer for songs and incidental music for a play based on “The Firebird” legend for Stages Theater in Houston. He most recently appeared in a highly praised performance as Frank in Brian Friel’s “Molly Sweeney”. Three years ago Mr. Rowley became a founding member of Plum Pianos, a thriving company which rebuilds and restores pianos and other keyboard instruments.
Associate Professor of Practice in Opera Studies
Director & Principal Opera Coach, Butler Opera Center
“Technically nimble and supportive pianist” (New York Times), “Accompanist with wondrous tact and virtuosity” (San Francisco Chronicle), “Vigorous and versatile” (Washington Post) and “Extraordinarily sensitive collaborative synch throughout the evening” (VOICE Magazine) Tamara Sanikidze gave her first performance with the Georgian Symphony Orchestra at age eight and has since appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout the Republic of Georgia, Russia, Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Since 2009, in capacity of an official pianist for Plácido Domingo’s annual World Opera Competition “Operalia” Dr. Sanikidze has performed in such renown opera houses as Hungarian State Opera house in Budapest, La Scala in Milano, Galina Vishnevskaya’s Opera Centre in Moscow, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Royal Opera house in London, Dorothy Chandler Auditorium in Los Angeles, Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara, São Carlos in Lisbon, and National Theater in Prague.
As a winner of the Marilyn Horne Foundation Award for Excellence in Vocal Accompanying she has performed regularly in the Marilyn Horne Foundation’s “The Song Continues…” and “On the Wings of Song”. Active Song Recitalist she has partnered with such luminaries as Thomas Hampson, Nino Machaidze, Isabel Leonard, Quinn Kelsey, Marjorie Owens, Elizabeth Futral, Nicole Cabell, Leah Crocetto, Nadine Sierra and Amanda Majeski in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall and other prestigious venues including the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. By the special invitation, she has traveled to Beijing, China to perform with Mo. Plácido Domingo and also has performed at the White House for President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.
In May 2019, Sanikidze will join much acclaimed Camerata Pacifica ensemble for a concert tour throughout South California.
Between 2007- 2012 Sanikidze was a Young Artist Coach at the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera and an Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera, where she served as an Assistant Conductor and Coach for productions of Don Giovanni (Mo. Plácido Domingo), Rigoletto (Mo. Giovanni Reggioli), Hansel and Gretel (Mo. Steven Gathman), La Traviata (Mo. Plácido Domingo and Mo. Dan Ettinger), Carmen (Mo. Julius Rudel), Turandot (Mo. Keri-Lynn Wilson), Falstaff (Mo. Sebastian Lang-Lessing), La fanciulla del West (Mo. Nicola Luisotti), Aida (Mo. Nicola Luisotti), The Makropulos case (Mo. Jiří Bělohlávek), Die Walküre (Mo. Donald Runnicles), Carmen (Mo. Nicola Luisotti), and Xerxes (Mo. Patrick Summers).
Upon finishing the prestigious Adler Fellowship Program, Sanikidze joined the Music Staff at both San Francisco Opera and Los Angeles Opera where she works closely with Mo. Plácido Domingo, Mo. James Conlon and Mo. Nicola Luisotti. In the capacity of a Pianist, Prompter, Coach and an Assistant Conductor she has prepared and performed a wide range of operatic repertoire, including Simon Boccanegra starring Plácido Domingo, Tosca, Der fliegende Holländer, La Cenerentola, Falstaff, Evgeny Onegin, Die Zauberflöte, Billy Budd, Lucia di Lammermoor, Madama Butterfly, Un ballo in maschera, Le nozze di Figaro, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Aida, Turandot and Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
She will be returning to 2019 season of San Francisco Opera to work on productions of Rusalka and Manon Lescaut.
Sanikidze is a prize-winner of numerous national and international piano competitions. She has received top scholarships, including a personal scholarship from the former president of the Republic of Georgia Edward Schevardnadze. She has also received the Vocal Piano Fellowship Award from the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara and participated in summer programs at Wolf Trap Opera Company, Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, SongFest, Cleveland Art Song Festival and Aspen Music Festival. She has made several recordings for the Excelsior label and her performances have been broadcast on NPR, as well as Georgian and Russian National Television and Radio.
Sought after for her coaching skills and extensive experience, Sanikidze has been invited to work with young singers at the Merola Opera Program, Wolf Trap Opera Center and the Young Artist Programs both at Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera.
In 2015, Tamara joined the faculty of the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, and Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA.
In January 2019, Sanikidze became Director of Butler Opera Center.
Tamara Sanikidze holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Associate Professor of Voice
Baritone David Small enjoys an established and continuing career on the operatic and concert stage. Equally comfortable with comedy or drama, his repertoire is richly varied, including performances of well over fifty different operatic roles. In 1991, he debuted his Figaro in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City with great success and subsequently has enjoyed over one hundred performances of the role. He made his Austin Lyric debut in this signature role in 1998 and repeated it for ALO in the 2007 season. His Figaro has charmed audiences for the opera companies of Des Moines Metro Opera, Fresno, Nevada, Dayton, Toledo, Lyric Opera Cleveland and touring France and Spain with IL Teatro Lyrico d’Europa. Mr. Small’s repertoire also includes Escamillo (Carmen), Dr. Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Belcore (L’Elisir d’Amore), The Pirate King (Pirates of Penzance), Girard (Andrea Chenier), Valentin (Faust), Danilo (Merry Widow), Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Il Conte d’Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Guglielmo (Cosi fan Tutte), Papageno (The Magic Flute), The Four Villains (Les Contes d’Hoffman), Marcello (La Boheme), Scarpia (Tosca), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), High Priest (Samson & Delilah), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Faninal (Der Rosenkavalier), Germont (La Traviata) and many others. Mr. Small sang and recorded the role of Tony in Menotti’s HELP, HELP THE GLOBOLINKS! for Madison Opera and is heard on Newport Classics with John DeMain conducting. He is featured on the recording of Jerre Tanner’s THE KONA COFFEE CANTATA with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, as well as THE SONGS OF JOSEPH MARX and CLASSICAL CAROLS, produced by Hal Leonard Publications. In addition to numerous recitals, he has appeared as soloist with St. Louis Symphony, Cincinnati May Festival, Austin Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Canton Symphony, Missouri Symphony, and Bravo! Colorado Music Festival. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in the LORD NELSON MASS and SCHUBERT MASS IN G with John Rutter conducting. Professor Small’s UT students have performed roles with the Austin Lyric Opera, Opera Carolina, Houston’s Opera in the Heights, among others and apprenticeships with Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera and others. Recent student achievements include baritone Yoon-Sang Lee, who was selected as one of 12 finalists in the 2007 International Verdi Baritone competition, as well as being a finalist in the Artist Division of the National Opera Association 2008 Vocal Competition. Former studio member Dr. Arikka Gregory, mezzo-soprano, served as a 2007 NATS ‘Young Leader’, one of five to be chosen nationally. He earned an Artist’s Diploma in Opera and a Master of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of the late Metropolitan Opera basso Italo Tajo. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the DePauw University School of Music, where he studied with Thomas Fitzpatrick (student of Mack Harrell) and received a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance with a Performer’s Certificate. Professor Small was invited to give a presentation entitled, “From Studio to Stage to Studio; The Life and Times of an Artist Teacher” at the 2008 NATS National Convention in Nashville. His website is located at: david-small.com.
Associate Professor of Voice
Nikita Storojev is a Russian bass. After receiving his degree in philosophy, he entered the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow. Upon winning the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition, he became principal soloist for 5 years in the Bolshoi Theater and the Moscow Philharmonic Society. Nikita Storojev has performed in the world’s major opera houses, concert halls and international festivals in Vienna, Paris, London, Milan, New York, San Francisco, Florence, München, Tokyo and Berlin. His vast repertoire consists of over 50 operatic roles and more than 300 classical songs. He has performed and recorded under the direction of conductors such as Mstislav Rostropovitch, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir John Pritchard, Claudio Abbado, Neeme Jarvi, John Nelson and Gennady Rozhdestvenski and with singers such as Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Katia Ricciarelli, Ruggiero Raimondi and Nikolai Ghiaurov. Recent engagements for Mr. Storojev include the roles of the Police-Sergeant and the Old Prisoner in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk with Christian Badea and the Baltimore Opera; a program of excerpts from Boris Godunov and Prince Igorwith Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony Orchestra; more performances of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, conducted by Donald Runnicles at the San Francisco Opera; a performance of the role of King Dodon in Le Coq d’Or with the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia; an appearance at the Bard Music Festival in an all-Shostakovich program, which included the Shostakovich 14th Symphony, Execution of Stepan Razin, and Anti-formalist Rayok (Troikin), with Leon and Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra; and performances of the Verdi Requiem, conducted by Claus Peter Flor, with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; a concert performance of Dvorak’s Rusalka with the Fort Worth Symphony, conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya; Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 with the Winnipeg Symphony; Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and the Commendatore in Don Giovanni with the Austin Lyric Opera; and De Nederlandse Opera as the Police Sergeant in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, with Mariss Jansons conducting. Future engagements include a full schedule of symphonic and operatic appearances plus several recitals with piano in the United States and in Europe during the coming year. This will include a new production of Lady Macbeth of Mtsenskat Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. Mr. Storojev has taught many students in several countries. Eighteen of his students have won international singing competitions in Europe. In the last four years, while teaching at The University of Texas, his students have won national competitions, participated in young artist programs, and begun professional careers. As a teacher, Mr. Storojev has also presented master classes around the world in Japan, Taiwan, Russia, Germany, France, Italy, and Mexico, as well as in the United States.
Professor of 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, 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.