In a vocal career of over twenty-five years, Erie Mills has received critical and popular acclaim throughout the world, dazzling audiences with her sparkling coloratura voice, captivating personality, and vivid portrayals of operatic roles. She has performed in the world's major opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Vienna Staatsoper, English National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, New York City Opera and many others. In concert, she has appeared with the orchestras of Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Cleveland, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the VARA radio Orchestra at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. An accomplished recitalist, she has performed both as a soloist and in chamber music, having sung with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Bravo Colorado Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, and at St. John's Smith Square in London. On recording, Ms. Mills may be heard on RCA's recording of Sondheim's Follies, New World Records' Grammy award-winning Candide, and her solo CD of American song "always it's Spring" from VAI.
In 1998, Erie Mills joined the music faculty of San José State University, devoting herself to the education and training of young singers. She spent ten years in academia, retiring from SJSU in 2008 as a full Professor of Music. She continues to maintain a private studio devoted to the vocal training of young professionals. Since 2003, Ms. Mills has served as the Principal English Diction Coach for Opera Theatre of St. Louis and master teacher for the Gerdine Young Artist program. She has also worked as English Diction Coach on the staffs of the Metropolitan Opera and Santa Fe Opera. She has taught master classes throughout the country and adjudicates regularly for the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and for the National Association of Teachers of Singing. From 2004 - 2010, she served on the Opera America Board of Directors, the first singer ever named to the board.
Erie Mills was born in Granite City, Illinois. She is a graduate of the College of Wooster and the University of Illinois, and was a member of the Houston Opera Studio. She studied voice with Dale Moore, Karl Trump (Wooster), Grace Wilson (U of IL), Elena Nikolaidi, and Alan Bowers. She was a recipient of a Richard Tucker Foundation grant in1984 and has received both the Distinguished Alumni Award (1989) and an honorary Doctorate in Music (1993) from the College of Wooster. She resides principally in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Dr Thomas Rescigno and their two terriers, Blondchen and Siegfried (Ziggy). They maintain a second home outside Santa Fe, New Mexico.