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Patricia Stiles

Professor of Music (Voice)

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Music Addition, MA108



  • M.M., University of Maryland
  • B.A., Georgetown College, Kentucky

Mezzo-soprano Patricia Stiles is a professor of music in voice who has taught at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music since 1998.

Stiles’ students have appeared with many of the major young artist programs and in opera houses across the United States, including Merola, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Glimmerglass, Ravinia/Steans Institute, Central City Opera, Arizona Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Opera North, Virginia Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Saratoga, Sarasota Opera, Minnesota Opera, New York City Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, San Diego Opera, and Indianapolis Opera, as well as internationally with such companies as English National Opera, Berlin State Opera, Finnish National Opera, Osnabrück Opera, Theater Erfurt, Teatro Nacional Sucre (Ecuador), BBC Symphony, London Philharmonic, Théâtre Musical de Paris-Châtelet, Concertgebouw, and Tokyo Symphony.

Stiles’ students have been winners of numerous competitions, including, most recently, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (at various levels), Hilde Zadek Vocal Competition (first prize and other prizes, including a stage contract with Vienna State Opera), Opera Columbus’s Cooper-Bing Competition, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale, Orpheus Vocal Competition, Sullivan Foundation Career Grant Competition, and National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Her students have served on the voice faculties of various universities, including the University of Alabama, Kansas State University, East Carolina University, Vincennes University, Luther College, Southwestern University, University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, and Portland State University.

Stiles has enjoyed a successful 20-year international singing career, during which she has performed over 70 operatic roles, including Carmen, Dalila, Eboli, Octavian, Orpheus, Ortrud, Erda, Rosina, Hänsel, Komponist, Dorabella, and Cherubino, in such houses as the National Theater (Munich), Semperoper (Dresden), Leipzig Opera, Duesseldorf Opera, Washington National Opera (Kennedy Center), and Indianapolis Opera, among many others. She has made concert and recital appearances throughout Germany and the United States, as well as in Austria, Italy, Russia, Mexico, the Czech Republic, and Canada.

Among her most notable recordings are her albums Song Tapestry, featuring the song repertoire of IU faculty composers (IU Music, 2010) and Vitality Begun, which showcases songs by female composers with texts by female poets (Cavalli Records, 2000).

Stiles teaches fluently in both English and German and has presented master classes in Germany, Austria, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Slovenia, and the United States.

She was a student of renowned pedagogue Oren Brown and coached with top industry professionals, including famed coaches Martin Katz, Joan Dornemann, Erik Werba, and bel canto ornamentation expert Luigi Ricci.