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Deborah Dalton

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Associate Professor, Voice, Opera

  • D.M.A., Vocal Performance, The University of Texas at Austin (1996)
  • M.M., Vocal Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music (1982)
  • B.M., Vocal Performance with Teacher Certification, Trinity University (1979)
Deborah Dalton, mezzo-soprano and San Antonio, Texas native, holds degrees in vocal performance from Trinity University, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Texas at Austin. She had additional training at Seagle Music Colony (New York State), the Wesley Balk Institute (Minneapolis) and the American Institute of European Studies (Vienna). Dr. Dalton is now in her twenty-first year on the voice faculty of Stephen F. Austin State University where she teaches voice, lyric diction and is Director of Opera Theater. Directing credits include La traviata, Susannah, The Bartered Bride, Cavalleria rusticana, Die Fledermaus, La Perichole, The Marriage of Figaro, Gianni Schicchi, and The Magic Flute.

Dalton students have earned success in opera houses and concert halls world-wide: New York City Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Staatstheater Mainz, Greek National Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, San Francisco Opera Center (Merola Program), Mississippi Opera, Kentucky Opera, San Antonio Lyric Opera, Opera Pacific, American Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Symphony, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall and others. Students have also won places in prestigious music programs such as the Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University and Carnegie-Mellon University.

Dalton’s solo performances include appearances with the San Antonio Symphony, San Antonio Symphony POPS, Lyric Opera of San Antonio, Longview Opera, Corpus Christi Symphony, Victoria Symphony, and Laredo Philharmonic as well as the San Antonio Festival, Texas Bach Choir, San Antonio Choral Society, Texas All-State Choir, Victoria Bach Festival, and Cleveland Opera Theater (Cleveland, Ohio). She has performed such operatic roles as Madame Flora in The Medium, Jezibaba in Rusalka, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Prince Orlofski in Die Fledermaus, the Old Prioress in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Miss Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief and Berta in Il barbieri di Siviglia. Her oratorio repertoire of over forty roles includes the alto solos in Requiem (Mozart, Verdi), Missa solemnis (Beethoven), Alto Rhapsodie (Brahms), Christmas Oratorio (Bach, Saint-Saëns), St. Matthew Passion (Bach) and Petite messe solennelle (Rossini).

She also enjoys performing in musical comedy. Favorite roles include Madame Armfeldt (A Little Night Music) which earned a San Antonio Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Musical, Eulalie Shinn (The Music Man), Mother Abbess (The Sound of Music), Bloody Mary (South Pacific), Reno Sweeney (Anything Goes), Sister Hubert (Nunsense and Nunsense II) and Nettie Fowler (Carousel).