- David DiChiera
DiChiera (pronounced /diːkaɪˈɛrə/ dee-ky-err-ə), son of Italian immigrants, was raised in Los Angeles, California and graduated with highest honors from UCLA in 1956. When he received a Master's degree in Composition at UCLA, he was selected to be a Fulbright scholar for studies in Italy where he conducted extensive research on unpublished manuscripts of eighteenth century opera. This led to a series of articles for the world's leading music encyclopedias including Ricordi's Enciclopedia Della Musica, Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and Bärenreiter's Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart.
Returning to UCLA, DiChiera worked there as an instructor and received his Ph.D. in Musicology. In 1962, DiChiera joined the faculty of music of the newly established Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. From 1963 to 1965, he also held the post of Assistant Dean for Continuing Education in the Arts at Oakland University and was thereafter elected Chairman of the Department of Music.
In 1971 DiChiera became the founding General Director of Michigan Opera Theatre. At the same time, he became the founding Artistic Director of the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. From 1979 to 1983 DiChiera served as president of Opera America. In this role, he developed the Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Fund/Opera for a New America Program, which encouraged and supported companies to reach previously under-addressed segments of the population, and served to build bridges into America’s increasingly diverse population.
From 1981 to 1993, DiChiera was appointed Artistic Director of the Dayton Opera Association. In 1986 he was appointed founding General Director of the newly formed Opera Pacific in Orange County; he filled that post until 1996, when he resigned to devote more time to the opening of the Detroit Opera House.
During his career, David DiChiera has served as a trustee for the National Institute of Music Theatre and as a board member of the American Arts Alliance. He has been a panel member for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and chairman for the Opera/Musical Theater Panel. He has also chaired several national music conferences. DiChiera chaired the second annual conference of the International Association of Lyric Theatre, convened in Verona, Italy, and was twice elected vice president of that organization.
He has two daughters with Karen VanderKloot DiChiera, daughter of Robert VanderKloot, a Detroit amateur musician and himself a founding member of the Michigan Opera Theatre. Karen VanderKloot DiChiera, a composer, educator and stage director, is also a founder and director of Michigan Opera Theatre's Department of Community Programs.
His Four Sonnets (1965), to verses by Edna St. Vincent Millay composed for soprano and piano, premiered in 1978 at the Kennedy Center in Washington to critical acclaim. A children's opera, Rumpelstiltskin (1973), written in collaboration with Karen VanderKloot DiChiera, has been performed nationally. In 2007 his opera Cyrano to a libretto by Bernard Uzan received its world premiere at the Detroit Opera House; this work was successfully presented by Opera Company of Philadelphia in 2008 and will premiere at Florida Grand Opera in 2011.
DiChiera was awarded the Atwater Kent (UCLA) and Gershwin Awards. The Detroit News elected DiChiera "Michiganian of the Year" in 1979. In 2000 he received the "Bridge Builder's Award" by the "Partners for Livable Communities", a Washington–based civic leadership organization. In 2005, the "National Association of Negro Musicians" honored DiChiera for his continued support of African American artists. DiChiera delivered the commencement speech at the University of Michigan's graduation ceremony in 1998 and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree. He has also received honorary doctorates from Wayne State University, Oakland University and Marygrove College. In 2010, DiChiera received the NEA Opera Honors.
- ^ Biography
- ^ Dowty, Douglass (16 June 2005). "Robert VanderKloot, Royal Oak: Amateur musician helped form hearing disorder center". The Detroit News. http://www.detnews.com/2005/obituaries/0506/27/B02-217399.htm. Retrieved 27 August 2008. [dead link]
- ^ Community Programs Staff at the Detroit Opera House
- ^ "NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman Announces Recipients of the 2010 NEA Opera Honors", National Endowment for the Arts, 24 June 2010
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