The distinguished American soprano Benita Valente is one of this era's most cherished musical artists. She has been sought as an orchestra soloist by every great conductor of the last two decades and has appeared with every major symphony in the United States, Canada and Europe. The operatic stage has also featured prominently in Miss Valente's career beginning with her Metropolitan Opera debut as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. Miss Valente has been recorded by no less than seventeen recording companies. As a participant in the prestigious Marlboro Festival her performances and recordings with the legendary pianist Rudolf Serkin won great acclaim. She received a Grammy Award for her Columbia recording of Schoenberg's Quartet No. 2 and a Grammy nomination for her SONY Classical recording of Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ, both performed with The Juilliard String Quartet.