Cara Bender was an Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera where she was heard in their digital season as Fiordiligi in the act one finale of Così fan tutte. She will return to Des Moines Metro Opera in the summer of 2021 as an Apprentice Artist, performing scenes as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Alice Ford in Falstaff, and Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia.
Cara Bender obtained her Master's degree in Vocal Performance this spring from The New England Conservatory of Music. In NEC's 2019/2020 season, she performed the role of Soprano in Argento's Postcard from Morocco as well as Giunone in Cavalli's La Calisto. Passionate about art song, Cara gave two performances in the Liederabend concert series this year, and performed on multiple recitals.