She is a soprano and teacher born in Wisconsin who received her music degrees from the University of Wisconsin and the University of Nebraska.
She made her debut with the San Antonio Festival and has since gone on to appear as a soloist and/or chorus member in operas, concerts, recitals with numerous ensembles and opera companies that include Amerita Chamber Players, Central City Opera, Main Line Symphony, Ocean City Pops, Opera Delaware, The Philadelphia Singers and Tulsa Opera to name some of many.
Her many performances include appearing in Die Zauberflote and The Fairy Queen staged by the Pennsylvania Opera Company in 1987 and 1988 respectively and as a soloist at the Pipes Spectacular! The World’s Largest Organ Concert in 2000 and Sing-Along “Messiah” at Salem Church, Bethlehem, PA. In 2002. She has also performed in Sister Act and with 4 Women Cabaret.
In the field of musical education she has run a private studio in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and opened her New York City Studio in 2013. She has been a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Music Department at Muhlenberg College where she taught voice and on the staff of the Walnut Street Theatre School.
The Philadelphia Singers recordings
Adeste Fidelis (John Francis Wade)
RCA 6559-2-RC (Gloria! Gloria!)
Soprano – Benita Valente
Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Conductor – Michael Korn
Here she is giving a solo performance…