School of Visual and Performing Arts

Denise Ritter Bernardini

Denise Ritter Bernardini, Professor of Voice, University of Toledo
Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini, associate professor of voice and opera at the University of Toledo, appears on both the concert, musical theater and opera stage in music of many periods. She is known for her ability to sing a variety of styles, her brilliant high notes, pure tone, communicative warmth and musical intelligence. She has been a performer internationally and throughout the US with extensive oratorio experience. She has performed with orchestras such as The New York Pops, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Michigan Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Tulsa SymphonyFort Wayne Philharmonic, the Symphony of Bartlesville, Oklahoma City Symphony, Roanoke Community Choir and Charlottesville Community Choir as well as many other symphonic and choral organizations. Denise’s operatic roles include First Lady in The Magic Flute, Mother in Amahl and The Night Visitors, Violetta in La Traviata, the title role in Suor Angelica, as well as Gilda in Rigoletto. Denise has been a soloist in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and is a sought after recitalist performing in London, England, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia and at the Certosa di Garegnano in Milan, Italy as well as a performance of her one-woman classical cabaret in Leibnitz, Austria where she performed for the International University of Global Theater to an audience representing 32 different countries. 

In addition to being an active performer, Dr. Bernardini is also a sought-after clinician, teacher, presenter, and author. Denise is a recital and cabaret specialist and has a published book entitled: A Stylistic Guide of Classical Cabaret: A Stylistic and Historical Glimpse with selected songs by Satie, Poulenc, Schönberg, Weill, Britten and Moore, (Amazon) as well as a presenter/clinician at national and international voice conferences. Denise has presented at The Voice Symposium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Stockholm, Sweden, the Great Lakes Regional conference of College Music Society and Indiana Music Educators Convention, as well as several NATS regional and state level clinics. Denise has taught for summer programs internationally and in the states.

Dr. Bernardini’s students have been accepted to internationally prestigious programs such as Julliard’s Youth Opera Program, The Lincoln Center’s Youth Opera Program, Interlochen, and The International Young Artists Project in Italy. Her students are also singing throughout the world and are sought after performers and soloists. Denise’s university students have been accepted to conservatories and universities of their choice and regularly win competitions such as NATS, Classical Singer Competition, as well as The Metropolitan Opera Auditions winning thousands of dollars annually.  


Last Updated: 11/19/18