bethany horak-hallett

mezzo-soprano

biography

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.

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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.

September 2021

Bethany Horak-Hallett is represented for General Management. For all enquiries please contact Caroline Phillips cphillips@caroline-phillips.co.uk

reviews

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

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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

news

Bethany Horak-Hallett in Handel Competition final

Mezzo-soprano Bethany Horak-Hallett is one of the four finalists of the 20th International Handel Singing Competition. She will present a programme of rare Handel arias accompanied by the London Handel Orchestra conducted by Laurence Cummings. Battle will commence at...

Bethany Horak-Hallet Proms début

Mezzo soprano Bethany Horak-Hallett recently made her BBC Proms debut with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists as alto soloist in Handel Dixit Dominus. The complete concert is available to hear again on BBC Sounds and to view on BBC Iplayer. The occasion...

In Tune with Steven Devine

Conductor and harpsichordist Steven Devine joins host Sean Rafferty on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune on July 5 talking about his varied career. He appears with The Mozartists at Cadogan Hall, London on July 8 playing CPE Bach Harpsichord Concerto in C Minor and will be joined...

Bethany Horak-Hallett in St John Passion film

Mezzo soprano Bethany Horak-Hallett features in film director Grant Gee’s realisation of the St John Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Mark Padmore is music director as well as singing Evangelist and the film will premiere on OAE Player on April...

Bethany Horak-Hallett’s Cupid eloquent, charming and delicious

Mezzo soprano Bethany Horak-Hallett has received glowing reviews for her recording of Cupid in John Eccles’ Semele with the Academy of Ancient Music directed by Julian Perkins: … Bethany Horak-Hallett makes such an eloquent Cupid that I only wish this god of love had...

Bethany Horak-Hallett in Cesti final

Mezzo Bethany Horak-Hallett reached the finals of the 2020 Cesti Competition at the Innsbruck Early Music Festival. Here she sings Medea's Act II aria from Handel Teseo.

Bach, the Universe and Everything but an audience

In the latest of the acclaimed Bach cantata series Steven Devine directs the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment from an empty King’s Place, London with a programme including BWV 39 Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot. He is joined by Rising Stars of the Enlightenment...

Bethany Horak-Hallet online with the OAE

Steven Devine directs and Bethany Horak-Hallet is alto soloist for Bach cantata BWV 87 Bisher habt ihr nichts gebeten in meinem Namen, the latest installment of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's Bach, the Universe and Everything series. Join them online on...

Mezzo not singing in Nightingale

Recently recovered from Covid-19 herself mezzo Bethany Horak-Hallett has replaced a cancelled Glyndebourne engagement by donning scrubs and appearing as a hospital porter at the temporary Nightingale Hospital, London. Let’s hope she won’t need to be playing the new...