New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra
Recitals/Soloist at Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall, Ludwig van Beethoven Festival (Warsaw,) Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Soloist collaborations with luminaries such as John Rutter and Dave Brubeck
Awarded a Marian Anderson Career Grant
Leading soprano roles in operas of Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Beethoven and more
“a pure-toned soprano that soared radiantly in the high climaxes,” (Opera News) praised in the New York Times as a soprano who “sang beautifully;” the New York Sun declared her “A Rare Bird”
Possessing an exciting versatility that is equally at home on opera, concert and recital stages, Serena Benedetti's voice has been heralded as "a pure-toned soprano that soared radiantly in the high climaxes."
She starred this season as La Sua Compagna in Luigi Nono’s INTOLLERANZA with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall led by Leon Botstein. “Serena Benedetti, who drew the Sills role of the Emigrant’s Companion, tossed the crazy music off like some amiable cabaletta, her lovely, deep soprano mastering the dramatic phrases lyrically, the lyric phrases dramatically. This is a voice one is very eager to hear take on more wide-ranging assignments. Apparently she can do anything beautifully.” (Parterrebox.com) In demand as a concert artist, Benedetti made back-to-back appearances in Bach’s MAGNIFICAT and Mozart’s GRAND MASS IN C MINOR with the Greenwich Choral Society. She performed BY HOMER, an oratorio by Rimsky-Korsakov, with the Bard Festival last summer.
Concert highlights have included her debut at Carnegie Hall in Handel MESSIAH under the baton of John Rutter. Other Carnegie Hall performances include those with the New York Oratorio Society, in repertoire ranging from Vivaldi to Mendelssohn. She has performed Brahms REQUIEM and Orff CARMINA BURANA with Southwest Florida Symphony, Handel MESSIAH with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and Barber KNOXVILLE: SUMMER OF 1915 and Mahler SYMPHONY NO. 4 with Eroica Ensemble, Memphis, Tennessee. She performed these works with New York's Chelsea Symphony at Bargemusic for which The New York Times praised her "warmly lyrical performance of Barber's ‘Knoxville: Summer of 1915', a lissome, sweetly sung account." She was a repeat favorite of the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space Series in New York with Kent Tritle, with whom she performed Bach’s MAGNIFICAT and ST. JOHN PASSION, Massenet LA TERRE PROMISE and Gounod TOBIE. She has appeared with the National Symphony, Danish Radio Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Eugene Symphony, the National Cathedral Choir, Greater Palm Beach Symphony Society, Lancaster Symphony, Garden State Symphony, the Princeton Symphony, and others. She also collaborated with legendary artist Dave Brubeck in his oratorio, LA FIESTA DE LA POSADA.
Winner of a Marian Anderson Career Grant for Emerging Classical Artists, highlights of her operatic appearances have included the role of Frantik in The New York Philharmonic's production of Janacek's THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN conducted by Alan Gilbert, Susanna in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with the Sarasota Opera, Musetta in LA BOHÈME with the Palm Beach Opera, Fiordiligi in COSÌ FAN TUTE with the Utah Symphony and Opera, Marzelline in FIDELIO with Virginia Opera, and many others.
Recital/chamber work has included the Ludwig van Beethoven Festival in Warsaw, Poland, where Benedetti presented a recital of Richard Strauss lieder, the Lyric Chamber Music Festival at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Maverick Music Festival, the Songfest Series (Princeton, NJ), in venues including The National Cathedral in Washington, DC, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York, and Detroit Symphony Hall. She has collaborated with members of the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, and with pianists JJ Penna and Brian Zeger. Recital/chamber works have included Villa-Lobos BACHIANA BRASILEIRAS NO. 5, the SIMPLE SONGS of Aaron Jay Kernis, the BRENTANO LIEDER (Op. 68) of Richard Strauss, Schubert SHEPHERD ON THE ROCK, and works by 20th Century composers, including David Del Tredici, William Bolcom, Ricky Ian Gordon, Lee Hoiby and Stephen Sondheim.
Ms. Benedetti began singing as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus, where she appeared in HANSEL UND GRETEL, LA BOHÈME, MACBETH, LE ROSSIGNOL and WERTHER.