2012 winner of the Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis, a special award for promising young artists working in Bavaria, California-born soprano Betsy Horne recently made her U.S. début as Káťa in Káťa Kabanová at the Spoleto Festival to tremendous acclaim. The New York Times wrote that she gave an „excellent performance as Katya, both dramatically and vocally…Her tone was clear and lovely throughout her range, and she developed her character touchingly and persuasively.”

Betsy Horne earned vocal degrees with distinction at Cottey College and at the University of Kansas before being awarded a grant to study at the Hochschule für Musik Mainz with tenor Andreas Karasiak. Parallel to her studies, she appeared at the Oper Köln, Staatstheater Mainz, Maifestspiele Wiesbaden, and in leading roles at the Schwetzinger Festspiele and the Potsdamer Festspiele Sanssouci.

From 2006 to 2010 she was an ensemble member at Staatstheater Wiesbaden, where she sang over 20 mezzo soprano roles before making her operatic soprano début as the Peri in Schumann’s scenic oratorio Das Paradies und Die Peri. In the Fall of 2009, she won the Dorothea Glatt Award singing Elsa and Elisabeth at the International Competition for Wagner Voices in Karlsruhe. This success was followed by her début as Agathe in Wiesbaden under GMD Marc Piollet, as well as invitations to sing at Wagner gala concerts in the NDR Funkhaus Hannover and at the 2010 International Wagner Convention in Stralsund. She was also engaged as a featured soloist at a gala concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Wagner Society of Bayreuth.

Recent concert work has included the Vier Letzte Lieder, Brahms’ Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elias, Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915, Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder, as well as Hindemith’s Hin und Zurück with Gabriel Feltz and the Stuttgarter Philharmonie and Kálmán’s Gräfin Mariza with the Rundfunkorchester München.

The 2013/14 season brought two important role débuts for the promising young singer. She had a very successful début as Elsa in Lohengrin at the Landestheater Coburg after singing her first Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt. In past seasons as a resident artist at the Landestheater Coburg, she has taken on a wide variety of challenging roles after opening the 2010/11 season as Iphigénie. These include the Governess in Britten’s Turn of the Screw, Desdemona in Otello, the title roles in Die verkaufte Braut, Die Csardafürstin, Madame Pompadour, as well as Donna Elvira, Agathe, and Káťa. She sang Mimi in Coburg with GMD Roland Kluttig, directed by Brigitte Faßbaender, and in Klagenfurt under GMD Alexander Soddy, directed by Madame Lidoine.

More recent engagements include: Sadko at the Opera Vlaanderen in Ghent and Antwerp; Arabella at the Leipzig Opera; Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung in Wiesbaden and Otello in Klagenfurt. In the coming season she will sing Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Eva) and Tannhäuser (Elisabeth) in Wiesbaden, as well as Cardillac (Die Tochter) at the Opera Vlaanderen.

Betsy Horne has been awarded several prestigious prizes including first place at the Neustädter Meistersinger Voice Competition and the Vera and Volker Doppelfeld Foundation Prize at the International Chamber Opera Schloss Rheinsberg. In the Fall of 2007, a jury including Christa Ludwig, Brigitte Fassbaender and Charles Spencer awarded Betsy Horne the second prize at the 5th annual Hilde Zadek International Voice Competition at the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria.

Betsy Horne studies with Brazilian soprano Neumar DeKanel-Starling.

Adès - The Tempest - Ariel
Hochschule für Musik Rheinland-Pfalz Singing Summer
Berg - Lulu - Garderobiere/Gymnasiast/Groom
Staatstheater Wiesbaden Maifestspiele
Bizet - Carmen - Mercedes
Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Britten - Peter Grimes - Mrs. Sedley
Staatstheater Mainz
Britten - The Rape of Lucretia - Bianca
University of Kansas Opera
Britten - The Turn of the Screw - Gouverness
Landestheater Coburg
Donizetti - Viva la Mamma! - Pipetta/Musico
Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Fall - Madame Pompadour - Madame Pompadour
Landestheater Coburg
Gluck - Iphigenie en Tauride - Iphigenie
Landestheater Coburg
Gluck - Savitri/Orfeo ed Euridice - Savitri
Landestheater Coburg
Haydn - Il Mondo della Luna (deutsch) - Ernesto
Staatstheater Wiesbaden Maifestspiele
Hindemith - Hin und zurück - Helene
Stuttgarter Philharmonie
Humperdinck - Hänsel und Gretel - Hänsel
Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Händel - Alessandro - Alessandro
Staatstheater Mainz, Potsdamer Musikfestspiele Sanssouci
Händel - Giulio Cesare - Sesto
Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Janácek - Kat'a Kabanova - Kat'a
Landestheater Coburg, Spoleto Festival USA
Kálmán - Die Csardasfürstin - Sylva Varescu
Landestheater Coburg, Stadttheater Klagenfurt
Monteverdi - Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria - Penelope
Hochschule für Musik Rheinland-Pfalz Singing Summer
Monteverdi - L'incoronazione di Poppea (konzertant) - Poppea
Staatstheater Wiesbaden Maifestspiele
Mozart - Die kleine Zauberflöte - Dritte Dame
Staatstheater Mainz
Mozart - Die Zauberflöte - Zweite Dame
Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Mozart - Don Giovanni - Donna Elvira
Landestheater Coburg
Mozart - Idomeneo - Idamante
Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Mozart - Le Nozze di Figaro - Cherubino
Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Offenbach - Tales of Hoffmann - Muse/Nicklausse
Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Offenbach - Tales of Hoffmann - Stella/Voix de la Tombe
Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Purcell - Dido and Aeneas - Dido
Staatstheater Wiesbaden Maifestspiele
Raymond - Maske in Blau - Evelyne Valery
Landestheater Coburg
Ruzicka - Celan - Fremdenführerin/Nina Cassian
Staatstheater Mainz, Bühnen der Stadt Köln
Schumann - Das Paradies und die Peri - Die Peri
Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Opera Bergen
Smetana - Die verkaufte Braut - Marie
Landestheater Coburg
Strauss, Johann - Die Fledermaus - Prinz Orlofsky
Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Strauss, Johann - Der Zigeunerbaron - Saffi
Landestheater Coburg
Strauss, Richard - Der Rosenkavalier - Die Marschallin
Stadttheater Klagenfurt
Strauss, Richard - Elektra - 5. Magd
Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Tschaikovsky - Eugen Onegin (rus.) - Tatjana
Landestheater Coburg
Verdi - Il Trovatore - Inez
Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Verdi - Otello - Desdemona
Landestheater Coburg, Staatstheater Kassel -
Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Eva (Querschnitt)
Die Theater Chemnitz
Wagner - Lohengrin - Elsa
Landestheater Coburg
Weber - Der Freischütz - Agathe
Landestheater Coburg, Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Zeller - Zaubern - Mezzo Soprano
Schwetzinger Festspiele
Ludwig van Beethoven – 9. Symphony
Hofer Symphoniker, Landestheater Coburg
Samuel Barber – Knoxville Summer of 1915
Universitätsmusik, Junge Philharmonie Koblenz
Johannes Brahms – Requiem
Deutsches Ärzteorchester
Georg Friedrich Händel – The Messiah
Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra of Czestochowa, Poland
Felix Mendelssohn – Elias
Philharmonischer Chor Bayreuth
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Krönungsmesse
Mainzer Dom
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Requiem
Philharmonischer Chor Bayreuth
Ottorino Respighi – Il Tramonto
Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Richard Strauss – Vier letzte Lieder
Deutsches Ärzteorchester, Rheinische Orchesterakademie Mainz
Heitor Villa-Lobos – Bachianas Brasileiras
Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Antonio Vivaldi – Gloria in D
Stadttheater Gießen
Richard Wagner – Wesendonck-Lieder
arco musicale Wiesbaden

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