Acting roles included two plays by William Shakespeare's contemporary Richard Sheridan performed in the original Olde English language of the time, performed in the original Elizabethan residence of a former Mayor of London of that period. A wonderful experience! Then an invitation to sing as a special guest soloist before Their Graces The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester at the world famous Royal Albert Hall to a standing ovation! This was quickly followed by another starring tour of England and Scotland and several summer season concerts, but this time with two small children and a Nanny! Dela says "I was so lucky to have appeared at such a young age, with the legendary stage luminaries, Sir Donald Wolfit, Sir Arthur Askey, Sir Jimmy Logan, Australian opera singers June Bronhill and Keith Michelle, Tom Hansen, Burt Bacharach, and Jeremy Brett to name a few.
Interestingly, Dela was to appear with Engelbert Humperdink, Tom Jones, Ronnie Corbet and Ronnie Barker, Charlie Drake (renowned TV personalities) in Television and stage shows, about as far removed from Opera as one can get!
A favorite performance was as the Mother in Menottis’ ‘Amahl and the night visitors’ presented at the Maltings in Farnham, U.K
When living in New Mexico Dela was to sing lead roles in many performances with the renowned former conductor of the Santa Fe Opera, Robert Baustian performing Opera, opera scenes and arias from Die Fledermaus, The marriage of Figaro, The Magic flute, Samson and Delilah, Tosca, Manon, Adriana Lecouvreur, Cosi Fan Tutti, La Boheme, Aida, Louis, Norma, La Wally, Suor Angelica, Madame Butterfly, Faust, Romeo and Juliet, Der Zigeunerbaron. Some of these concerts and operas were presented as Outreach programs for schools though out New Mexico.
Now a resident of Beautiful Palm Desert California. Dela has appeared with The California Desert Chorale as an invited guest soloist for several Christmas concerts and a Benefit events. Performances in various private venues in the Coachella Valley, Los Angeles and the West Valley, Phoenix and N. California. Benefits for charitable organizations include ‘Helping Hands’, ‘Bloom in the Desert ministries, and ‘Aid for Haiti’ at the Hotel Zoso Palm Springs with Peter Marshall, Bill Marx, Frankie Randall, Mike Costley and Liz Dreyfuss. There have been many performances with sister Liz in their two person show, Relatively singing, at the Hotel Zoso, Indian Wells Theatre, Indio Performing Arts Theatre, Sun city Palm Desert, Del Webb Shadow Hills, the I.W Club Indian Wells, and numerous Country Clubs throughout the Coachella Valley.
Dela has performed in Italian, French, German, Spanish, Latin, and Czechoslovakian.
Repertoire includes Spanish Zarzuelas, Songs of Victor Herbert, Leonard Bernstein, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Lowe, Selected Italian songs, German Lieder, Menotti, Claude –Michel Schonberg, Johann Strauss, Edward German and Timothy Bruneau.
Publicity T.V features on ‘Eye on the Desert’ CBS, The Melissa Randell show, radio interviews with Bill Feinstein, Dan McGraw, Joey English, articles in ‘Palm Springs Life’ The Desert Sun, Valley Entertainer.