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Faculty Recital: Bethany Stiles, Mezzo-Soprano
Dr. Bethany Stiles is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Voice at Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, KY. She has previously served as a faculty member at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA and The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She earned the doctoral degree in Voice Performance and Literature at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, completing a thesis on Peter Lieberson’s award-winning orchestrated song cycle Neruda Songs (2006). Stiles’ research has focused on United States hymnody and art song, contemporary chamber music, and musical theater. Additionally, she is currently researching the psychological effects of music on prisoners in the American Revolution and American Civil War.
Operatic credits include: Florencia en el Amazonas (Paula), the world premiere of Paradises Lost (Uma), Le Nozze di Figaro (Marcellina), Die Zauberflöte (Second Lady) (Third Lady) (Third Spirit), Cosí fan tutte (Dorabella), Madama Butterfly (Suzuki), Suor Angelica (La Principessa) (La Monitrice), La Traviata (Flora), Gianni Schicchi (Zita), Carmen (Carmen), Little Women (Meg), Lakmé (Mallika), The Saint of Bleeker Street (Desideria), Hänsel und Gretel (Hänsel), Beatrice et Bénédict (Ursula), The Consul (The Mother), The Medium (Madame Flora), Street Scene (Emma Jones), Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Leocadia Begbick), and A Streetcar Named Desire (Eunice).
Musical theatre credits: Les Misérables (Fantine), The Last Five Years (Cathy), Songs for a New World (Woman I) (Woman 2), Company (Amy), Carousel (Nettie Fowler), The Drowsy Chaperone (Drowsy Chaperone), Children of Eden (Eve) (Mama Noah), Love Games (The Chambermaid), Chess (Florence), 42nd Street (Dorothy Brock), The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Little Women: The Musical (Mrs. March), and Of Thee I Sing (Emily Benson).
Other professional soloist credits: Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Bach’s Matthäuspassion and Magnificat in D, Handel’s Messiah, Saint-Saens’ Oratorio de Noël, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, and Verdi’s Requiem. A passionate advocate of contemporary vocal music, Ms. Stiles is a frequent collaborator with living composers in a variety of genres. She is currently collaborating on a set of art songs based on the poems of Kentucky native Wendell Berry, and has also performed world premieres of Kleiner Aster with the Illinois Modern Music Ensemble and 南方微風 (The Southern Breeze) at The University of Louisville.
Ms. Stiles’ awards and recognition include New York Lyric Opera Theater National Semi-finalist, MacAllister Vocal Competition winner, National Association for Teachers of Singing Vocal Competition Finalist, Bomhard New Music debut artist, and numerous summer research grants. She has been a featured artist in masterclasses with renowned artists Gail Robinson, Denyce Graves, Warren Jones, Martin Katz, Susan Graham, Cliff Jackson, Daron Hagen, Ben Moore, Jake Heggie, and most recently, William Bolcom and Joan Morris. Ms. Stiles has received invitations to perform and lead masterclasses across the country, including New York, Baltimore, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Dallas. A native of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, she holds dual Bachelor degrees in Voice Performance and Music Education from The University of Kentucky and a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from The University of Louisville.