is a native of Silver Spring, Maryland. After graduating from the University of Delaware with a degree in Music Education with an emphasis on voice, Ms. Bentz was a recipient of a Rotary fellowship which enabled her to attend the Hochschule für Musik and Theater in Hannover, Germany from which she holds a degree in vocal performance. She also attended the Goethe Institute for the study of the German language in Germany, Dante Alighieri Institute for the study of Italian in Florence, Italy, the Vienna International Music Center in Vienna, Austria and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
Upon completing her studies in Germany, Ms. Bentz received her first operatic engagement at the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, Germany. Further engagements followed with opera companies at the Landestheater Flensburg (1987-1990) at Eduard von Winterstein Theater in Annaberg (1990-1996) where she continued to appear as a guest artist while completing her doctoral studies at the University of Maryland in Vocal Performance (1996-1998). Other guest appearances include Hebbel Theater in Berlin, alte Oper in Frankfurt, Nienburg Theater in Hannover, Stadttheater Kiel, Stadttheater Konstanz, Stadttheater Heidelberg in Germany and at the state theaters of Karlovy Vary and Marien Bad in the Czech Republic.
Among her major roles are Pamina, Rosina, Antonia, Marzelline, Gilda, Adina, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Susanna in Il Segreto di Susanna, Rosalinde, Gräfin Mariza, and Csardas Fürstin. During the summers of 1996-1998, she sang the title role in Der gestiefelte Kater (Puss in Boots), a children’s opera at the Greifenstein Festspiele in Germany as well as in numerous outdoor symphony concerts throughout Saxony.
Ms. Bentz has also appeared as a guest soloist with the Auener Symphonic Orchestra in Furth and in Hannover, Germany. Ms. Bentz is an active performing member of the Friday Morning Music Club, a member and President of the Tri State Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, a member of the honor society, Phi Kappa Phi, and a frequent recitalist in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. She has been the featured soloist in Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass in Washington, D.C., in “La Bella Voce” with The Opera and Musical Theater of LaGrange, Georgia with the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra at UNO, with the UNOmaha Wind Symphony, with the Annaberg Wind symphony in Weiden, Germany, with the UNOmaha Concert Choir and Heartland Philharmonic in Poulenc’s “Gloria”, with Westminster’s College Orchestra singing Mozart’s Cantata, “Exultate Jubilate” and Rejoice Greatly from the Messiah, as Gilda with Valley Lyric Opera, the Pie Jesu from the Faure Requiem with the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra and recently sang the soprano role in Mendelsson's Elijah with The Seraphim Chorus in Canton, Ohio April 11, 2010.. She has appeared as recitalist with the Friday Morning Music Club in Washington, D.C., at the Moscow Conservatory and at the Shanghai and Hung Zhou Opera Houses in China.
During the summer of 2000, Dr. Bentz also taught German diction at the Vocal Arts International Summer Institute in Washington, D.C. In 2000, Ms. Bentz recently received a Governor’s Citation for outstanding vocal performance from the Maryland State Arts Council. Dr. Bentz taught for two years as “Visiting Professor” of Voice at the Universtiy of Nebraska in Omaha from 1998-2000. Currently she is Assistant Professor of Voice and heads the Voice Area at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. where she teaches voice, diction classes, vocal pedagogy, vocal and opera literature and directs the very popular Opera Westminster productions. Dr. Bentz maintains an active career as recitalist both in Pennsylvania and in the Washington, D. C. metropolitan area.