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Debra Rentz

Assistant Professor of Voice

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Debra Rentz

Assistant Professor of Voice

Soprano Debra Rentz has distinguished herself through the beauty of her voice and the artistry of her interpretations. The Boston Herald praised her portrayal of Adina in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore, saying, "The vocal highlight of the evening washer Act ll aria, Prendi, per me se libero, Adina's first expression of love for Nemorino. But Rentz's secret weapon is her gift as an actress. From her first moment onstage, this Adina was clearly higher up the class ladder from all the rest."

Rentz's repertoire includes both opera and operetta. Her operatic roles include Gilda in Rigoletto, Violetta in La Traviata, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Pamina and First Lady in The Magic Flute and Naiad in Ariadne auf Naxos. Operetta performances include the American stage premiere of Emmerich Kalman's Duchess of Chicago. Ms. Rentz has become something of a specialist in the performance of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and has performed a wide variety of roles. One favorite performance was the role of Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore on board the USS Constitution through the collaborative efforts for the Boston Academy of Music and the U.S. Navy.

Debra has also performed a variety of oratorio and pops concerts. She has been featured as a soloist in Vivaldi's Gloria, Mozart's Requiem, Haydn's Mass in Time of War, and Orff's Carmina Burana. In addition to several engagements for Barber's orchestral work Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Ms. Rentz has performed pops concerts with the St. Louis, Cedar Rapids, River Valley, Omaha, Owensboro, Richmond, Elmhurst, and Fox Valley Symphonies.

Debra received her Bachelor of Music from Illinois State University and a Master's of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Illinois. She currently lives in Athens, Ohio. Recent performances include a recital for the McCaslin performing arts series in Wichita, Richard Conrad's Opera Gala with The Bostonians and a Gilbert and Sullivan concert with The Bostonians.


Educational Background:

B.M., Illinois State University; M. M., University of Illinois

Classes Being Taught:

Solo Vocal Repertoire: German/American

Solo Vocal Repertoire: French/British

Applied Voice

Lyric Diction: English/Italian

Lyric Diction: German/French