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Dana Talley  Faculty



Tenor, Dana Talley was a winner of the 1978 Metropolitan Opera Auditions, and in the same year won the San Francisco Opera Auditions, the Sullivan Award, was a grant recipient of the National Opera Institute and the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for music and a winner in six other national and international competitions, including the Puccini Voices International Competition and Voci di Verdi in Bussetto, Italy.

In February of 1979, Dana made his Metropolitan Opera debut in Verdi's Don Carlo, and subsequently appeared as a principal tenor with the company, in 23 roles and over 250 performances. Concurrently, he debuted in Carnegie Hall in the title role of Judas Maccabaeus and appeared in the Carmel Bach Festival, and with the Paris Radio Orchestra in the title role of Hindemith's Mathis der Mahler, in addition to the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, and with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah, which was aired internationally on PBS for ten straight seasons. He also performed with the New York City Opera, the Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, Munich Opera, Arena di Verona, La Fenice in Venice, and other opera companies in Italy, and with many regional companies and symphonies throughout the United States and Canada. Dana has performed throughout Europe and Russia with over 100 performances in Italy. He has performed Handel's Messiah with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Buffalo Symphony, 13 other symphonies, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir telecast on PBS television. The Verdi Requiem with symphonies in Detroit, Rochester, Spokane, Springfield (MA), Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and on the 75th anniversary of the composer's death in his hometown of Bussetto, Italy. Opera galas with Bulgarian State Orchestra, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, San Francisco, National Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota, Atlanta, Dallas and Seattle orchestras.

His final appearance with the Live from the Met series was January 10, 2001. With his wife, Sue, they have done 2337 solo recitals and concerts throughout the U.S from 1970 to 2004. They have given Master classes at 48 colleges since 1973 and recorded 19 albums of opera and song literature. Since 2000, he has been on the faculty of Nyack College, New York City. Dana and his wife, Sue, are passionate about Italy and are committed to sharing their talents and experience with the next generation