Ziegler, Delores, American mezzo-soprano; b. Atlanta, Sept. 4, 1951. She studied at the Univ. of Tenn. After beginning her career with concert engagements, she made her operatic stage debut in Knoxville in 1978 as Verdi’s Flora. In 1978-79 she was a member of the Santa Fe Opera apprenticeship program; in 1979, appeared as Verdi’s Maddalena in St. Louis. She made her European operatic debut in Bonn in 1981 as Dorabella. In 1982 she sang for the first time at the Cologne Opera. In 1984 she appeared as Dorabella at her Glyndebourne debut and as Bellini’s Romeo at her La Scala debut in Milan. She sang for the first time at the Salzburg Festival in 1985 as Minerva in Henze’s setting of II Ritorno d’Ulisse. In 1990 she made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Gounod’s Siebel. In 1996 she portrayed Dorabella at the Washington (D.C.) Opera. She sang Bellini’s Romeo in Atlanta in 1999. As a guest artist, she also sang in Munich, Florence, Hamburg, San Diego, Toronto, and elsewhere; also was widely engaged as a concert artist.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire