photo by Susan Wilson

Sol Kim Bentley
New England Third Place Winner, 1998

After appearing in June as Mimì in the NEMPAC (North End Music and Performing Arts Center) production of La bohème, this fall Sol Kim Bentley returns to Longwood Opera in the title role of Madama Butterfly. Her recent appearances include Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus in the summer of 2014 for NEMPAC Opera Boston, Adina in L’elisir d’amore with Longwood Opera, Dvorak’s “Stabat Mater” with the Newton Community Chorus and Orchestra, and a program of arias with the Middlesex Concert Band in Wakefield (MA). In November of 2013, Sol joined composer Matthew Aucoin at Memorial Church in Cambridge in the world premiere of his “Kinship IV,” commissioned for the Seamus Heaney Memorial Celebration.


A native of Potomac, Maryland, and a 1992 graduate of Stone Ridge High School in Bethesda, Sol received a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies magna cum laude from Yale University, and Master of Music degrees with Distinction in Vocal Performance (1998) and in Opera (1999) from the New England Conservatory. In subsequent summers the soprano was an apprentice with Central City Opera and Virginia Opera.


Sol Kim-Bentley was longtime featured member of Opera Boston until the company closed in December, 2011. That year she made her principal role debut in Hindemith’s Cardillac as Cardillac’s Daughter, and understudied the title role in their production of Donizetti’s Maria Padilla while appearing as Bianca di Francia. Sol was also a Roll Seller in Opera Boston’s New England premiere of Shostakovich’s The Nose, understudied the title role in their world premiere of Zhou Long’s Madame White Snake (performing the role for an  invited dress rehearsal), understudied Elvira in Ernani and Agathe in Der Freischütz, and appeared as Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone and in the title role in Seymour Barab’s Little Red Riding Hood for Opera Boston’s outreach program.

Sol’s many leading roles with Longwood Opera include Tosca, Monica in The Medium, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Violetta, Mimì, Micaela, Zerlina, Susannah, and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel in collaboration with Symphony Pro Musica. She has also sung Rosalinde with Connecticut Lyric Opera and New England Light Opera; appeared with Commonwealth Opera as Polly in The Threepenny Opera, in Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, and in their annual Messiah sing; joined Granite State Opera as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro and the Page in Rigoletto; and sang Mimì in a Riverside Theatre Works/Opera Collaborative Production.


In addition to winning Third Place in the 1998 New England Regional Auditions, Sol Kim Bentley received the Iride Pilla Memorial Award. That year she also won Second Place in the New England Voice Department’s Voice Department Concerto Competition.




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