At Adelphi University, she teaches voice, vocal pedagogy and is the director of Adelphi Opera Theatre.
Darla Diltz has performed a variety of repertoire including Donna Anna and Donna Elvira, Lucia di Lammermoor and Suor Angelica (Knoxville Opera), Violetta (La Traviata), Pamina and First Lady (Die Zauberflote), 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, and Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). The New York Times called her 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. Opera News called her performance of Tallulah Carter on Albany Records recording of Thomas Pasatieri’s The Hotel Casablanca ‘soaringly sung’. Some of her solo oratorio credits include Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Handel’s Messiah Haydn’s Te Deum, the Brahms Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3 and the tone-poem, Luonnotar by Jean Sibelius.
Dr. Diltz is a proud graduate of Midwestern State University, where she studied voice with Dr. Don Maxwell. She received her Masters from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Doctorate from The University of Kentucky. Currently, Diltz lives in New York City where she maintains a private voice studio. At Adelphi University, she teaches voice, vocal pedagogy and is the director of Adelphi Opera Theatre. She is on the Board of Directors of NYC NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), and is a member of the New York Opera Alliance (Opera America) and the National Opera Association. Diltz is the Executive Director of Opera Breve, an innovative New York City Opera Company that hosts a popular summer training program in Wichita Falls, Texas.
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