A world-class mezzo-soprano who can sing in six languages, Professor Delores Ziegler has appeared in every major theater in the world. She sings opera, oratorio and art song with equal skill, and has made 21 recordings, working with internationally recognized conductors, including Muti, Levine, Shaw, etc. Through a career performing innumerable opera roles - aside from awards from the Met, the Schubert Institute, or her recent Distinguished Alumni Award at the University of Tennessee - Ms. Ziegler has amassed an extraordinary foundation of experience and professional connection. She has collaborated with and observed some of the greatest artists of our age, is the most recorded Dorabella in operatic history and the first to sing Romeo in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi in Moscow, San Francisco, and Japan. She has also worked with composers, for example premiering a song cycle at the Smithsonian.
These experiences are integrated with Professor Ziegler's teaching at Maryland, where she is currently chair of the voice/opera division for the School of Music. Her own performance experience helps her to translate the complexities of vocal technique into digestible concepts for her students. In her 25 artistic directions and master classes at 16 venues, she has been known for her kindness and nurturing qualities, but she also has the connections to arrange for students to see the backstage of the Metropolitan. As one of her students noted, "her impressive list of accomplishments would be intimidating if it weren't for her kindness and sense of humor."