Name: Wakeling, Dennis (1939-1992)

Historical Note:

Dennis Webster Gilmour Wakeling was born in Los Angeles on July 22, 1939. He earned master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California, studying with Walter Ducloux. He also attended Bayreuth Festival masterclasses, where he studied with Wieland Wagner, Wolfgang Wagner, and Walter Felsenstein. He served in the U.S. Army, and directed the Frankfurt Playhouse in 1966 and 1967.

Wakeling twice served as the director of the opera theater at Northern Arizona University, working in between in the opera theater department of the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the faculty of what is now the University of North Texas in 1981, serving as opera director along with Jeannine Crader until 1991. Wakeling was fluent in Russian, French, Italian, and German, and was a member of the Central Opera Service, the National Opera Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Wakeling died in Denton on May 13, 1992.


Obituary for Dennis Wakeling, Arizona Daily Sun, May 20, 1992, page 3, via, viewed November 16, 2020.

Obituary for Dennis Wakeling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Friday A.M. May 15, 1992, Section A, page 25, via, viewed November 16, 2020.

"'Butterfly' combines for memorable experience," Arizona Daily Sun, April 25, 1968, page 7, via, viewed November 16, 2020."University of North Texas College of Music Opera," Wikipedia, viewed November 16, 2020.

"Dr. Wakeling Returns as NAU Opera Director, " Arizona Daily Sun, September 2, 1977, page 2, via, viewed November 16, 2020.

Dennis Webster Gilmour Wakeling, in the Texas, Select County Marriage Records, 1837-1965, via, viewed November 16, 2020.

"University of North Texas College of Music Opera," Wikipedia, viewed November 16, 2020.

Note Author: Maristella Feustle

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