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British mezzo soprano Bethany Horak-Hallett is currently an OAE Rising Star for their 19/20-20/21 seasons. This autumn she makes her Royal Festival Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, and Kings Place solo debuts as part of the scheme.

Bethany will be joining Norwegian National Opera & Ballet Chorus for their autumn season, as well as recording and performing the role of Cupid in John Eccles' Semele with the Academy of Ancient Music and Cambridge Early Opera.

Recent engagements include first prize in the 2019 Normandy International Music Competition Concours Corneille in association with Le Poème Harmonique. She made her Glyndebourne debut as Kitchen Boy in Dvořák’s Rusalka, and covered the role of Siren in Handel’s Rinaldo. She subsequently made her Berlin Philharmonie debut with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in their concert performance of Dvořák’s Rusalka, conducted by Robin Ticciati.

2018 highlights include her role debut as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Merry Opera), joining Iford Arts as a Young Artist for Bernstein’s Candide, and the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus for their 2018 and 2019 seasons. Alongside pianist Paolo Rinaldo, she won the prestigious Elisabeth Schumann Lieder Competition, and also featured as a Brighton Early Music Festival Young Artist, playing Cupid in Blow’s Venus and Adonis, and Venere in Monteverdi’s Il ballo delle ingrate.

Bethany was educated at Leeds University where she gained a BA Hons in Music and MA specialising in Historically Informed Performance Technique. She recently completed a Masters in Performance with Distinction at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with the generous support of the Noble Award.

Her opera roles include Dorabella Così fan tutte, Nerone L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Dido, Sorceress, Second Witch, Dido and Aeneas, Peaseblossom A Midsummer Night's Dream, Enchanted Lady La Liberazione di Ruggiero, The Woman Riders to the Sea, and she has recently created the role of Taa in Collision by Lewis Coenen-Rowe for Grimeborn Festival.

Experience in opera scenes include Orfeo Orfeo ed Euridice, Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel, Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos, projects with Opera North, Brighton Early Music Festival, Collision Opera, Surrey Opera, Hashtag Opera, Picalilli Opera, Milton Abbey International Music Festival, and many other fringe companies.

Oratorio roles include Verdi’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Messiah, Dixit Dominus, Joacim (Susanna) Handel, St Matthew Passion, St John Passion, Mass in B Minor, Christmas Oratorio Bach, Mass in C Minor Mozart, Stabat Mater Pergolesi, Carmina Burana Carl Orff, Messa a tre cori e orchestra Lotti, and Stabat Mater Poulenc. She has a keen interest in repertoire of the Baroque and Renaissance, regularly performing works by Carissimi, Francesca and Giulio Caccini, Bononcini, and Strozzi, amongst others.

She has also performed one-to- a-part in Bach’s Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV 5, Freue dich, erlöste Schar, BWV 30, Christ Lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4, for Seraphim, Milton Abbey International Music Festival, Leeds Haydn Players, and Leeds Baroque Choir & Orchestra. As a frequenting member of Musica Secreta, Bethany performs regularly under the baton of Deborah Roberts, artistic director of the Brighton Early Music Festival, performing a wide range of little performed baroque and renaissance music. Bethany is still an active choral singer, performing with ensembles such as Collegium Vocale Gent, Reverie, Shards, Philharmonia Voices, the Philharmonic Chorus Professional Singers Scheme, and The Erebus Ensemble.

As a recitalist, Beth has performed a wide range of programmes both around the UK as well as internationally. With a passion for new music, she has premiered songs by Jeffrey Joseph, John Sturt, Thomas Hewitt Jones, and Tim Hamilton, often commissions new scores, and has created new pieces with composers such as Nils Frahm, Terry Riley, and the London Contemporary Orchestra.

She has worked on song and operatic repertoire in masterclasses and workshops with Brigitte Fassbaender and Joyce DiDonato as part of the Wigmore Hall Young Artist Series, David Gowland and members of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, Patricia Bardon as part of the Trinity Laban masterclass series, Mary Bevan as part of the Milton Abbey International Music Festival, and Dame Felicity Lott and Sophie Daneman as part of the London Song Festival.

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