Soprano Mary Mills has been acclaimed internationally for her appearances in theaters including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Bastille Opera, Washington Opera, the Flemish Opera and the Grand Theatre de Geneve. She has collaborated with some of the most notable operatic conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Carlo Rizzi, Donald Runnicles, Marco Armiliato, Mark Elder, Armin Jordan, Julius Rudel and Nello Santi.
Mary Mills made her professional debut as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro
at the Houston Grand Opera and made her 1989 San Francisco Opera debut in Lulu. She has since appeared with the San Francisco Opera in several productions including the world premiere of Dangerous Liaisons in which she created the role of Cecile de Volanges (the production was taped for broadcast on PBS and for commercial release), La Boheme, Don Giovanni, Carmen and Arabella
. Ms. Mills made her acclaimed 1994 Metropolitan Opera debut as Zdenka and returned to the Met during the 1996-97 season in Franco Zeffirelli's staging of La Boheme
as Mimi -- a role she has also sung in San Francisco, Detroit, Santiago de Chile, Antwerp (Belgium) and Geneva. She has also been a frequent guest to the Washington Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Michigan Opera, Dallas Opera, St. Louis and many others in a wide variety of roles which have included Micaela, Susanna, the title role in Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen, Marguerite, and the title role in L'Incoronazione di Poppea.
Mary Mills made her European debut as Charpentier's Louise in Geneva in 1992, a success that immediately resulted in invitations to the renowned Wexford Festival in Ireland (Camille in Herold's Zampa) and the Bregenz Festival (Olga in Giordano's Fedora). The artist made her debut at the Bastille in 1997 in the title role of Massenet's Manon
, and was re-engaged in the same theatre to sing Micaela in Carmen
in the 1999/2000 season. She has also been heard in Antwerp in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette
, and Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann
in Santiago, Chile and as Mimi in La Boheme
at the Opera du Rhin. In the 1999 season, she also sang Marguerite in a new production of Gounod's Faust
at the Opéra de Lyon.
Other roles in her developing repertoire include Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte
, the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro
, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte
, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin
, and the title role in Janacek's Jenufa
. A native of Dallas, Miss Mills graduated from the University of Cincinnati College -- Conservatory of Music, and received a Master of Music degree from Yale University. She was an Adler Fellow
at the San Francisco Opera and participated in the company's Merola Opera Program as well as Houston Grand Opera's Young Artists Program.