"A wonderful talent, with a voice of size and beauty, as well as a dramatic commitment that made this excerpt a genuinely moving performance."

Anne Midgette for the New York Times












“All in all, the level of singing at this year's competition was higher than it's been at some other recent competitions. There was some shouting and forcing, but there were also a number of impressive turns. Among them: soprano COURTNEY MILLS, lending her warm, generous tone to Dich, teure Halle...”
-Opera News












“The best reason to buy a ticket to Union Avenue Opera’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Un ballo  in maschera” ("A Masked Ball") is to hear the remarkable voice of soprano Courtney Mills as Amelia.

This is a voice to be reckoned with, shot through with silver along with plenty of steel, and big enough to effortlessly fill the auditorium on a pianissimo. Mills, a native of Springfield, Ill., who seems destined for the hard-to-fill roles of Verdi and Wagner, uses her gift well, communicating the drama through the words and music.”

The St. Louis Dispatch




 


       

       Inspiration





“I adore art...when I am alone with my notes, my heart pounds and the tears stream from my eyes, and my emotion and my joys are too much to bear.” Giuseppe Verdi







"Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness."

Maya Angelou









"Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens."

Maria von Trapp











"Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music."

George Eliot