Benton Hess

Benton Hess

Distinguished Professor of Voice

Senior Vocal Coach
Music Director, Eastman Opera Theatre

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Biography

BM, graduate studies, New England Conservatory; conducting studies with Felix Wolfes and Boris Goldovsky; baroque performance practice with Daniel Pinkham; piano with Lucille Monaghan and Herman Godes; vocal diction with John Moriarty. Assistant Conductor, Opera Orchestra of New York (1976-2002). Conducting work with Arkansas Opera Theater, Augusta Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Minnesota Opera, New York Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of Rochester, Washington Summer Opera, numerous other companies. Private vocal coach in Boston and New York City with clients including Nicolai Gedda, Eleanor Steber, and Renee Fleming. Master classes in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Adjudicator for Metropolitan Opera regional auditions. Faculty member, Boston Conservatory of Music (1970-73); Boston University (1969-74); Hartt School of Music (1984-88); Mannes College of Music (1987-94); Rutgers University (1991-94); Marion Stedman Covington Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (1994-2000); conductor and vocal coach, International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv (1994-2000); Musical Director, Centro Studi Italiani Opera Festival, Urbania, Italy (2000-); Musical Director, Tacoma (WA) Opera (1996-); Visiting professor of vocal repertory, Eastman (1999-2000); faculty member, Eastman (2001-).