Robert A Desimone
Robert DeSimone is the Director of U.T. Opera Theatre and a Professor of Music. Originally a pianist, he pursued his musical studies in Switzerland, Italy and the United States. A protege of Norah Quarrie of the Sadlers Wells Theatre in London, he spent four years training in the tradition of England's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. His opera studies included work with Herbert Graf, coach/conductors Luigi Ricci, Sergius Kagen and Hans Willi-Hausselein. In Europe he has worked with major opera theatres and in the U.S., his work has been seen at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Los Angeles Music Center, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and numerous regional theatres and universities. Dr. DeSimone's administrative posts have included Administrative Director of the Music Center Opera Association, Director of City of the Angels Opera, Executive Director of the Visual Arts Center of Alaska, and Co-Director of the Academia Vocale di Lucca in Lucca, Italy. He has been honored by the National Thespian Society, the Adolph Foundation, the National Association of Piano Teachers and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He presents lecture and master classes in opera. His recent productions include the world premiere of "Bandanna" by Daron Aric Hagen; "Elixir of Love", Krannert Center for the Performing Arts; and "Die Fledermaus", Austrian Mozart Academy, Salzburg.