musical theatre expert
Wesley Diener has years of experience teaching singing, theatre, and piano to individuals and groups. Wesley's private voice students range from ages 6-70 and sing all genres of music. His students have performed in professional theatre performances and won various competitions. He has also coached individuals in acting and song interpretation. In group settings, Wesley has directed and music directed choirs and fully-staged musicals. He has also worked at Imagination Stage, which specializes in inclusive theatre education.
Wesley is a versatile stage director in the genres of opera, musical theatre, and theatre. He most recently directed Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s opera Le Devin du village at the UVA Department of Music and Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years at the UVA Department of Drama. He also directed Viewing Pleasure for the University of Virginia’s New Works Festival and assisted under Mary Birnbaum (Charlottesville Opera) and Dave Dalton (University of Virginia).
Additionally, Wesley pursues a professional operatic career. This season, Wesley appeared in numerous performances with Opera Roanoke and will perform as a soloist with the Oratorio Society of Richmond (Hercules). Last summer, he performed as an Apprentice Artist, singing Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte), in Teatro Nouvo’s debut season. He also performed the titular role in Rousseau’s Le Devin du Village and joined Victory Hall Opera as the cover of Le Genie in Rameau’s Sympathy. He recently returned to the Bethesda Music Festival as Papageno (The Magic Flute) and Anthony Hope (Sweeney Todd) and made his Italian debut with the Bel Canto Institute in Tuscany. In previous seasons, he performed with the Franco-American Vocal Academy in France (Mireille), the Bethesda Summer Music Festival (The Bartered Bride, West Side Story), and Charlottesville Opera (La traviata, Amahl and the Night Visitors).
Wesley graduated from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the Distinguished Majors Program, the Performance Concentration, and the Miller Art Scholars.