British mezzo-soprano Bethany Horak-Hallett read Music at Leeds University and went on to gain a Masters in Music Performance followed by a Masters in Vocal Studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. She is a Rising Star of the Enlightenment and was a finalist in the 2020 Cesti Competition at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music.
Bethany’s opera engagements have included Kitchen Boy Rusalka for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester / Robin Ticciati; Woman Katya Kabanova at Glyndebourne; Cupid Venus and Adonis, Venere Il Ballo delle Ingrate and Enchanted Lady in Caccini La Liberazione di Ruggiero at the Brighton Early Music Festival; Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro with the Merry Opera Company, Dorabella Cosi fan Tutte with London Young Sinfonia, Second Witch Dido & Aeneas at the Milton Abbey International Music Festival, Taa in Lewis Coenen-Rowe Collision at the Grimebourne Festival and Nerone L’Incoronazione di Poppea at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
On the concert platform Bethany has appeared with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment singing Bach cantatas directed by Steven Devine, the St John Passion with Mark Padmore and Elijah with Masaaki Suzuki. She recently her BBC Proms début with the Monteverdi Choir / Sir John Eliot Gardiner for Handel Dixit Dominus and appeared with the English Chamber Orchestra / James Sherlock. Bethany recorded Cupid in John Eccles Semele with the Academy of Ancient Music / Julian Perkins.
Her plans include a tour with Holland Baroque plus Bach Cantatas and Aci in Handel Aci, Galatea e Polifemo with the OAE.
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Monteverdi Choir at the BBC Proms – Dixit Dominus
The other soloists from this choir of stars excelled too: the alto Bethany Horak-Hallett
The Arts Desk, 2 September 2021
Handel – Semele – Academy of Ancient Music CD reviews
… set in relief by the frothier vocal prettiness of Bethany Horak-Hallett’s Cupid
Limelight, 11 February 2021
… while Bethany Horak-Hallett makes such an eloquent Cupid that I only wish this god of love had flown into view more often.
The Times, 3 February 2021
With Bethany Horak-Hallett a deliciously light Cupid … this is a cast without flaw.
Opera Now, 29 January 2021
And Bethany Horak-Hallet is charming in Cupid’s short scene.
Planet Hugill, 29 January 2021
English Chamber Orchestra @ 60 – Cadogan Hall
An Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Rising Star, the British mezzo-soprano Bethany Horak-Hallett gave a tender performance of ‘Tristes apprêts’ from Rameau’s Castor et Pollux: slow, concentrated, beautiful, the perfect opener.
Seen and Heard International, 8 October 2020
Handel – Excerpt from Semele – Brighton Early Music Festival
And mezzo Bethany Horak-Hallett as Jupiter’s resourceful betrayed wife Juno, made her fewer opportunities count, to complete the charm hat-trick.
Brighton & Hove Independent, 14 November 2019
Handel – Semele – Academy of Ancient Music
Bethany Horak-Howell’s rich [mezzo] soprano shone.
Opera, February 2020
… Mezzo-Soprano, Bethany Horak-Hallett’s (Cupid) … revealed such a beautiful voice as to be typical of how the briefest as well as the lengthiest casting roles were all of a piece in the consistency of the production’s excellence.
Cambridge Independent, 14 November 2019
Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro – Merry Opera Company
mezzo-soprano Bethany Horak-Hallett was an outstanding Cherubino
Henley Standard, 5 March 2018
Collision: Spectra Ensemble at the Arcola Theatre
Made to prance about in black hot-pants, suspenders and cut-away velvet waist-coast, Bethany Horak-Hallett has strong presence as Taa, Mastery’s girlfriend, infusing her mezzo with both sultriness and shine.
Opera Today, 19 August 2017
Monteverdi – L’Incoronazione Di Poppea – Trinity Laban Conservatoire
Excellent too were Bethany Horak-Hallett’s Nerone,
The Express, 16 July 2017