Edith Bers

College Division

College Division: 

  • Voice, Vocal Arts

Contact Information

Contact Information

Born in Winnetka, IL

Her career has spanned opera, recital, oratorio, orchestra appearances in the U.S. and abroad; gave the U.S. premiere of Schumann's Des Sangers Fluch. Summer festivals include: Aspen Music Festival and School, Orford Festival (Canada), Ravinia Festival's Steans Music Institute, Bel Canto Institute (Florence). Master classes: Symposium on the Care of the Professional Voice, Aspen Music Festival, Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition, Juilliard-Hong Kong master classes (Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts), and Korean Broadcasting System. Adjudicator: Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition (Brussels), Montreal International Music Competition in Voice, Concert Artists Guild. 

Edith Bers' students perform with major opera companies, orchestras, and festivals throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, and the opera companies of Santa Fe, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Glimmerglass, Wolftrap, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Komishe Oper Berlin, Bordeaux, Canadian Opera Company, Glyndebourne, Hamburg, Paris, Vienna Staatsoper, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Saito Kinen Festival, Ravinia Festival, and numerous Metropolitan Opera HD performances. Her students have won the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition, Opera Index, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Young Concert Artists, Joy in Singing, Giulio Gari, Gerda Lissner, and were finalists in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals and Francisco Vinas International Singing Competition; they've also won the Richard Tucker Award, Richard Tucker Career Grants, Sullivan Grants, the Beverly Sills Award, Guilio Gari, Gerda Lissner, and Richard Gold awards, among others.  

Quoted in: The New York Times, Opera News, The Wall Street Journal, Classical Singer, and Lettre du Musicien. Faculty: Manhattan School of Music since 1983, Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, Curtis Institute of Music (adjunct), N.Y.U. 2000-05, Bard College Conservatory Graduate Program in Vocal Arts since 2006.

Degrees and Studies

Brandeis; B.S., M.A.T, Columbia U. Studied voice with Tourel, Callas, Faull, B.P. Johnson, Brown, Popper, Berl, Guth, Cuenod, Hotter, Stader; acting with Stella Adler.

The Juilliard School

Faculty since 1985; chair, voice department, 1991-95; 2006-present.