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Mary Burgess

Associate Professor of Voice



Mary Burgess is an associate professor of music and the coordinator of voice and opera for the Binghamton University Music Department. She holds a bachelor’s of music from the Curtis Institute of Music. She has studied voice privately with Mme. Eufemia Giannini Gregory and Dick Marzollo. She has studied opera and interpretation with Martial Singher and Herbert Graf. Burgess has received scholarships from Brevard Music Center and Marlboro School of Music and foundation grants from the William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation and the Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation for Music. She made her New York City Opera debut at age 22, while still an undergraduate at Curtis Institute of Music and her European opera debut at Holland Festival in the title role of Cavalli's L'Erismena. She has appeared as a soprano soloist with over two dozen U.S. orchestras, including Boston Symphony (with Seiji Ozawa), Cleveland Orchestra (with Lorin Maazel), Chicago Symphony (with Simon Rattle) and Cincinnati Symphony (with Klaus Tennstedt, James Conlon). Burgess has made appearances at prestigious festivals as Spoleto (Italy), Ravinia, Aspen, Casals, Blossom, Chautauqua, Marlboro, Monadnock, and the Ann Arbor and Cincinnati May Festivals, in repertory ranging from Bach to Mozart, Mahler, Ravel and Shostakovich. She has held leading roles with numerous regional opera companies; her repertory includes 38 opera roles from Monteverdi to Virgil Thomson, in five languages, and over 45 works with orchestra. Burgess has recorded performances issued by CRI, CBS Masterworks, Columbia, Telarc and Sony Classics. She has been a member of the music faculty since 1984.


  • BM, Curtis Institute of Music

Research Interests

  • Voice
  • Opera