American musicologist Roland John Wiley made his Royal Ballet debut in 1984 as production consultant for Peter Wright’s production of The Nutcracker, and returned in 1987 as production consultant for Anthony Dowell’s production of Swan Lake.
Wiley studied at Stanford University and Harvard University. In 1974 joined the faculty of the University of Michigan and retired as professor emeritus in 2012. His research interests are Russian music and ballet, with a particular focus on Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. In addition to his work with The Royal Ballet, he has made translations for the Edinburgh Festival and Dallas Opera.
Wiley’s books include Tchaikovsky’s Ballets (1985), A Century of Russian Ballet (1990) and The Life and Ballets of Lev Ivanov, Choreographer of The Nutcracker and Swan Lake (1997, winner of the De la Torre Bueno Prize for the best book in dance). He wrote the entry on Tchaikovsky for The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2001) and Tchaikovsky for Oxford University Press’s ‘Master Musicians’ series.