Soprano Mikaela Bennett to Perform April 2

Soprano Mikaela Bennett will perform Sunday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. at The University of Scranton’s Houlihan-McLean Center.
A recital featuring Mikaela Bennett, presented by Performance Music at The University of Scranton, is set for Sunday, Apr. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Houlihan-McLean Center. The concert is free of charge.
A recital featuring Mikaela Bennett, presented by Performance Music at The University of Scranton, is set for Sunday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Houlihan-McLean Center. The concert is free of charge.

On Sunday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m., Performance Music at The University of Scranton will present “In Recital” featuring vocalist Mikaela Bennett. The recital will take place in the Houlihan-McLean Center, Mulberry Street and Jefferson Avenue. The recital, which is free of charge and open to the public, will feature music spanning a variety of genres, according to Performance Music Conductors and Co-Directors Cheryl Boga and Philip Kuehn.

Bennett is a graduate of The Juilliard School and is celebrated as a singer and actress for her work on stage and in the concert hall. She most recently appeared as a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall conducted by Ted Sperling and performed alongside the Grammy Award winning group Take 6 and MasterVoices. She also appeared as a featured soloist in Daniel Fish’s concert conception of “The Most Happy Fella” at Bard SummerScape. She made her Festival Napa Valley debut as Lauretta in “Gianni Schicchi” under the baton of Kent Nagano and in 2020, Bennett had the distinct honor to appear as a featured soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel performing ‘Aurora’ written by Wayne Shorter.

In 2019, Bennett was honored by Lincoln Center with a Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, and she made her critically acclaimed debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago playing Maria in “West Side Story.” Following a sold-out run in Chicago, she returned to the BBC Proms with the John Wilson Orchestra performing music from the Warner Bros film studio. To cap off an eventful year, Bennett sang the role of Mary Wintergreen in MasterVoices’ concert production of Gershwin’s “Let ‘Em Eat Cake” at Carnegie Hall, music directed and conducted by Ted Sperling.

On stage, Bennett made her professional debut starring as Penelope in “The Golden Apple” at City Center Encores. She originated the role of Norma in Dick Scanlan and Carmel Dean’s new musical “Renascence” in New York City, starred in the title role in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at the MUNY, and at the 2018 Prototype Festival, she originated the title role of Acquanetta in a new opera composed by Michael Gordon and directed by Daniel Fish.

In the concert hall, Bennett has made her debuts with some of the world’s leading orchestras and foremost conductors in America and the United Kingdom. In August 2018, she made her BBC Proms debut at London’s Royal Albert Hall starring as Maria in the John Wilson Orchestra’s concert production of “West Side Story” to critical and public acclaim. She made her debuts with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Slatkin and the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Bennett performed as a featured soloist in “Bernstein on Broadway” as part of the Leonard Bernstein 2018 centennial celebrations at the Kennedy Center directed by Kathleen Marshall and conducted by Rob Fisher.

Bennett has collaborated multiple times with conductor Ted Sperling, most recently at Carnegie Hall performing Gershwin, as well as serving as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Israel in Egypt with MasterVoices and Orchestra of St Luke’s. She has also appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra and New World Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, for the world premiere of his work ‘Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind’. She has also performed in New York City’s prestigious cabaret venues including Joe’s Pub at the Public and solo concerts at Feinstein’s 54 Below. Bennett is a native of Ottawa, Canada.

For further information on the concert, call 570-941-7624 or visit the Performance Music webpage ( For more info on Bennett, please visit

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