Since her sensational debut as the title role in Kat’a Kabanova at the 2014 US Spoleto Festival, where the Wall Street Journal praised her “big, potent soprano” and the New York Times her “excellent performance,” California-born Betsy Horne has quickly established herself as an internationally-acclaimed soprano to watch and hear. Recent exciting projects have included her first performances as Strauss’ heroine ARABELLA at Oper Leipzig under Prof. Ulf Schirmer, who also conducted Betsy Horne’s successful debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, stepping in for two performances as the Marschallin in DER ROSENKAVALIER in April 2016.
After beginning her professional career there as a mezzo soprano, Betsy Horne returned to Staatstheater Wiesbaden in September 2016 to sing Freia in Uwe-Eric Laufenberg’s new production of the RING cycle, where she will expand her Wagner repertoire with Gutrune/3. Norn in GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG in the Fall of 2017. Betsy returned to Klagenfurt early 2017 for a new production of OTELLO under Alexander Soddy, after having sung Madame Lidoine as well as her first performances of the Marschallin there in seasons past. The current season brings a new foray into the Russian repertoire- after having sung Emma in Mussorgsky’s CHOWANTSCHINA at Theater Basel last season, Betsy will transform into the sea princess Volkhova in Rimsky-Korsakov’s SADKO at Opera Vlaanderen in Gent, Belgium.
Betsy is a recipient of the Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis, a special award for promising young artists working in Bavaria. As a resident artist at Landestheater Coburg from 2010 until the Spring of 2014, she took on a wide variety of challenging roles to develop her soprano repertoire under the guidance of GMD Roland Kluttig and Intendant Bodo Busse. These included the Governess in Britten's TURN OF THE SCREW, Donna Elvira, Agathe, Mimi, Kat’a, Desdemona in OTELLO, Elsa in LOHENGRIN, and the title roles in IPHIGENIE EN TAURIDE, DIE VERKAUFTE BRAUT, DIE CSARDASFÜRSTIN, and MADAME POMPADOUR.
Recent concert work has included her debut as Eva in excerpts of DIE MEISTERSINGER with the Robert-Schumann Philharmonie in Chemnitz and in the Meistersinger Hall at Schloss Neuschwanstein under Frank Beermann. Betsy was featured a gala at the Seoul Arts Center with Samuel Youn and has sung 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. As the final concert of the Beethovenfest 2017 in Bonn, Betsy will sing Chausson’s POEME DE L'AMOUR ET DE LA MER with the Bamberger Symphoniker under Jakob Hrůša.
Betsy Horne was awarded the Dorothea Glatt Prize singing Elsa and Elisabeth at the International Competition for Wagner Voices in Karlsruhe in 2009. This success was followed by invitations to sing at the International Wagner Convention in Stralsund and as a featured soloist at a gala concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Wagner Society of Bayreuth. Betsy Horne has been awarded several other 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 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.
Betsy Horne continues to study with Brazilian soprano Neumar DeKanel-Starling.