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Dr. Darla D. Diltz

Assistant Professor
Akin Auditorium
Hardin 101


Soprano Darla Diltz has performed a vast repertoire including Donna Anna and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Lucia di Lammermoor and Suor Angelica (Knoxville Opera), Violetta (La Traviata), Pamina and First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Nella and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Gertrude (Hansel and Gretel), Mimì and Musetta (La Bohème), the water (The Little Prince), Countess (La Nozze di Figaro), Fiordiligi (Così), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Madama Butterfly, Tallulah Carter (The Hotel Casablanca), Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Older Alyce (Glory Denied). 

Praised by The New York Times as “a commanding presence, who brought a firm, focused tone and emotional depth to the arias Tom Cipullo gave her in Chelsea Opera’s production of Glory Denied,” Diltz later reprised her role as Older Alyce in eight performances with the Vulcan Opera Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Opera News called her performance of Tallulah Carter on Albany Records’ recording of Thomas Pasatieri’s The Hotel Casablanca â€œsoaringly sung.” Some of her solo oratorio and concert credits include the soprano solos in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Te Deum, Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Gorecki’s (Sorrowful Songs) Symphony No. 3 with the Adelphi Symphony Orchestra, and the tone-poem Luonnotar by Jean Sibelius which was performed with both the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine) and Adelphi Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Diltz is a proud graduate of Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She received her Master’s degree from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she was a member of the Knoxville Opera Studio, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Kentucky. Most recently, Dr. Diltz lived in New York City for 14 years. At Adelphi University, she taught all styles of singing, vocal pedagogy, jazz history and was the director of Adelphi Opera Theatre. She served on the Board of Directors for the NYC Chapter of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) for 8 years and is a member of Opera America and the National Opera Association.

Darla served as Executive Director of Opera Breve in New York City and Wichita Falls, Texas from 2012-2016. She has also served as program coordinator for the Harrower Summer Opera Festival (Atlanta, GA) and as voice faculty and guest artist of the U Artists Music Festival in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2018 and 2019. Diltz is the Founder and Executive Director of Red River Lyric Opera, a summer young artist program in Wichita Falls. See more at

Dr. Diltz joined the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra in December 2022 as soloist for their annual holiday concert. She also appeared with the MSU Combined choirs as soloist for Mozart's Requiem.

In 2023, Diltz joined the board of The Kemp Center for the Arts and Downtown Wichita Falls Development. She also began service with the Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Institution Degree Graduation Date
University of Kentucky Doctor of Musical Arts 2009
University of Tennessee Knoxville Master of Music 2004
Midwestern State University Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance 1999
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