An internationally celebrated interpreter of lieder, chamber music and oratorio, Benita Valente was equally acclaimed for her performances on the operatic stage. In recent seasons, Ms. Valente is increasingly sought after as a Master Teacher. She has served as the Master Artist at the Cincinnati Conservatory program in Lucca, Italy, and the Florence Voice Seminar in Florence; as well as the European Mozart Academy in Poland and at Ravinia’s Steans Institute for Young Artists. She also has served as Master Teacher with the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. She has given master classes under the auspices of the Aspen Music Festival, the Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Chautauqua Opera, Music Academy of the West, the Napa Valley Symphony, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Pittsburgh Opera, San Francisco Performances, Santa Fe Opera, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. She also has given master classes at Boston University, Cornell University, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Temple University, the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and for the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She has participated on the jury of the Alice Tully Vocal Arts Debut Recital at the Juilliard School, the Astral Foundation in Philadelphia, the International Schumann Competition in Zwickau, the Walter W. Naumberg Foundation, Young Concert Artists, and the Hugo Wolf Akademie Competition in Stuttgart. Ms. Valente serves on the Board of Directors of Joy in Singing, the Marilyn Horne Foundation and the Walter W. Naumberg Foundation.