2012 winner of the Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis, a special award for promising young artists working in Bavaria, California-born soprano Betsy Horne recently made her debut as Kat’a Kabanova at Spoleto Festival/USA to tremendous acclaim. The New York Times wrote that she gave an „excellent performance as Katya, both dramatically and vocally, on Saturday evening. Her tone was clear and lovely throughout her range, and she developed her character touchingly and persuasively."
The 2013/2014 season brought on two important role debuts for the promising young singer. Betsy had a successful debut as Elsa in LOHENGRIN at the Landestheater Coburg after singing her first Marschallin in DER ROSENKAVALIER at Stadttheater Klagenfurt. In the past season as a resident artist in Coburg, she took on the Governess in Britten's TURN OF THE SCREW and Donna Elvira. Other roles in Coburg, where she opened the 2010/2011 season as Iphigénie have included Agathe, Kat’a, Desdemona in OTELLO, and the title roles in DIE VERKAUFTE BRAUT, DIE CSARDASFÜRSTIN, and MADAME POMPADOUR. Future plans include Eva in DIE MEISTERSINGER, Mimi in Coburg with GMD Roland Kluttig and directed by Brigitte Faßbaender, and Madame Lidoine in Klagenfurt under GMD Alexander Soddy.
As an ensemble member at Staatstheater Wiesbaden from 2006-2010, Betsy Horne sang over 20 mezzo soprano roles before making her operatic soprano debut 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 debut 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. Other 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.
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 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 is currently studying with Brazilian soprano Neumar DeKanel-Starling.