University of Maryland Masterclass (2)

Sat May 25, 2024
7:15 pm EDT
Massachusetts Room
Young Artist/Emerging Pro

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Performing Mezzo and Soprano pants roles

Perform or observe as Delores Ziegler works with emerging artists on trouser roles.


Delores Ziegler

American Mezzo-soprano Delores Ziegler’s career takes her to every major theater in the world and into collaboration with the great directors and conductors of our time.  Many of these extraordinary performances have been recorded and released as audio recordings and on video and film.

With a repertoire that extends from classical to verismo, Ms. Ziegler has appeared in the world's greatest opera houses including the Vienna Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, the Salzburg Festival, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Bastille in Paris, the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Cologne, Bonn, Hamburg, Florence May Festival and Athens Festival.  In South America she has performed at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and at the Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro.  The Georgia native has appeared with virtually every important opera company in the US including the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the San Francisco Opera.

An acclaimed interpreter of bel canto mezzo roles, she has the honor of being the first singer in operatic history to sing Romeo in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Bolshoi in Moscow, at the San Francisco Opera and in Japan.  In another milestone, Ms. Ziegler is the most recorded Dorabella in operatic history, first on two audio recordings, one with Bernard Haitink on EMI and another on Teldec with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and in a videodisc of the La Scala production with Riccardo Muti and in a film of "Cosi" directed by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle.

Delores Ziegler has a discography of over twenty-eight recordings with prestigious orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony, with conductors including James Levine, Riccardo Muti, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Robert Shaw, Claudio Scimone, Armen Jordan and James Conlon.  Her most recent CD is Ned Rorem’s song cycle “The Evidence of Things Not Seen”; she took part in the world premier of this work at Weill Hall in celebration of the composer’s 75th birthday.  

Ms. Ziegler has an honorary doctorate and is a Distinguished Scholar Teacher and Professor in the School of Music at the University of Maryland.