Betany Coffland, mezzo-soprano’s performances have been hailed by Opera News as “extremely fine” and “a joy to watch,” and her tone has been described by The San Francisco Classical Voice as “plush” and “Italianate”.
The 2016 season begins with Ms. Coffland performing Resphighi’s chamber masterpiece, Il Tramonto with the acclaimed Ensemble SF. Ms. Coffland then twice performs the role of Sprechstimme in Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with the chamber orchestra Espressivo under conductor Michel Singher. This summer she will perform the alto soloist in Bach’s B Minor Mass. Engagements for 2014-2015 season included singing the alto soloist in Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Stacy Garrop’s Terra Nostra: Part II with the SF Choral Society and debuting with Festival Opera as the Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos. Ms. Coffland also debuted with the Juneau Symphony, toured in recital with guitarist, Aaron Larget-Capland, and premiered as a soloist with the SF Choral Society and Ensemble SF.
As a Resident Artist with Opera San Jose from 2008-2012, Ms. Coffland sang the roles of Carmen (Carmen), Siebel (Faust), Idamante (Idomeneo), Rosina, (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Angelina (La Cenerentola), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Olga (Eugene Onegin), and Elle (La Voix Humaine).
A graduate of The Juilliard School and New England Conservatory of Music, she received the Bori Grant for foreign music study in the Czech language where she studied in Prague. Ms. Coffland was a prize winning finalist in the both the 2010 and 2013 Irene Dalis Competition and the East Bay Opera League Competition. She won the Grand Prize at the Margaret Kimball Competition with Rimrock Opera, and first place in the Treasure Valley Concerto Competition.
An intrepid student of chamber repertoire, Ms. Coffland enjoys combining hand selected lesser known and new works with classics to create enchanting recitals which have captivated audiences in California, Massachusetts, Missouri, Kansas, Idaho and New York. As a soloist she has preformed in prestigious venues such as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Boston’s historic Jordan Hall.