BM, MM, Artist Diploma, Indiana University School of Music
Advanced study at The Aspen Summer Music Festival, Hochschule für Musik (Vienna), The Britten-Pears Institute
Mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley is honored to be the newest addition to the MU School of Music voice faculty. Since completing apprenticeships with the Santa Fe Opera and the Chicago Lyric Opera, she has appeared in leading operatic roles (Carmen, Rosina, Dorabella, Despina, and both Rossini and Massenet Cinderellas) from Anchorage to New York, and been featured as a soloist with orchestras led by George Manahan, Raymond Leppard, Oliver Knussen, Robert Shaw and Pierre Boulez. A long-time Chicago resident, she performs frequently with that city’s many fine ensembles, including Contempo, the New Budapest Orpheum Society, the Rembrandt Chamber Players, Fulcrum Point, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chicago Opera Theater, the Newberry Consort, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Lyric Opera and the MusicNOW series at Symphony Center with conductor Cliff Colnot. She has appeared to critical acclaim at Weill Hall with Pierre Boulez as the soloist in Le Marteau Sans Maître, and recorded on the Albany, Cedille and Tintagel labels. Recent engagements have included performances of La Damnation de Faust with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Pierrot Lunaire with eighth blackbird, La Cenerentola with Sacramento Opera, Berg's Lyric Suite with the Emerson String Quartet, and the Bach B Minor Mass with the Apollo Chorus as well as chamber music series in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Prior to her arrival in Columbia, she taught voice and chamber music at the DePaul University School of Music, as well as at Concordia University, North Park University, and NIU. Ms. Bentley was a featured presenter at the NATS National Conference in 2016, speaking on the vital importance of collaboration between young singers and composers. This season includes concerts of music from her Grammy-nominated CD As Dreams Fall Apart (available at Cedille Records) and multiple premiers on texts by Carl Sandburg for Ear Taxi, Chicago’s fabulous new music festival.