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Two-time Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions regional finalist Sol Kim Bentley was recently praised by Opera News for her “ardently sincere … beautifully restrained and heartbreaking” performance as Cardillac’s Daughter in the New England premiere of Hindemith’s Cardillac for Opera Boston, the production of which was named one of the top ten international musical events of 2011 by Musical America’s George Loomis. The Financial Times remarked that she “put her ample soprano voice to sure dramatic use,” while The Boston Globe acclaimed that she sang “with impressive urgency and directness.” Previously, she understudied the title role in Opera Boston’s world premiere of Zhou Long’s 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Madame White Snake (performing the role for an invited dress rehearsal), sang the role of Tosca with Longwood Opera, and was the Roll Seller in Opera Boston’s New England premiere of Shostakovich’s The Nose.

Also with Opera Boston she has understudied the title role of Donizetti’s Maria Padilla, Elvira (Ernani), and Agathe (Der Freischütz). She has sung with Commonwealth Opera as the soprano soloist for the Messiah, in The Threepenny Opera (Polly) and Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. Other performances include Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus (Connecticut Lyric Opera and New England Light Opera), Mimi in La Bohème (Riverside Theatre Works), and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro (Granite State Opera). She is a former apprentice of Virginia Opera, where she understudied the roles of Oscar (Un ballo in maschera) and Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and of Central City Opera, where she understudied Blanche and sang the role of Sr. Mathilde (Dialogues of the Carmelites).

Upcoming performances include Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus in the summer of 2014 at Faneuil Hall for the North End Music and Performing Arts Center.