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". In 2019, Ms. Coffland sings as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Stacy Garrop’s Oratorio Terra Nostra with The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra. She will sing the role of Elizabeth Bennet in Kirke Mechem’s new opera Pride and Prejudice for the World Concert Premiere with The Redwood Symphony, sing the title role of the new opera Artemisia by composer Laura Schwendinger and perform the alto soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at The Mendocino Music Festival.
The 2017-2018 season began with Ms Coffland performing as the alto soloist in the Oakland Symphony’s performance of Rossini’s Stabat Mater and singing as the alto soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with The Camellia Symphony. In January of 2018, Ms. Coffland sang as the alto soloist in Beethoven’s Mass in C with The Diablo Symphony Orchestra. In the summertime of 2018, she was heard as the alto soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at The Bear Valley Music Festival and as Prince Orlofksy in Die Fledermaus at Festival Opera.
The 2016-2017 included Ms. Coffland debuting with The Oakland Symphony as the alto soloist in Bruckner’s Te Deum and she performed Resphighi's chamber masterpiece, Il Tramonto with Ensemble SF. A favorite notable performance that season included singing the role of Sprechstimme in Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire with the chamber orchestra Espressivo under conductor Michel Singher.
She has also recently performed both the alto and soprano II soloist parts in Bach's B Minor Mass with The Mendocino Music Festival, and as the alto soloist in Handel's Dixit Dominus and Stacy Garrop's Terra Nostra with the SF Choral Society. She performed with Festival Opera as the Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos, and debuted with the Juneau Symphony as the alto soloist in Mozart’s Requiem.
As a Resident Artist with Opera San Jose, Ms. Coffland sang the roles of Carmen (Carmen), Siebel (Faust), Idamante (Idomeneo), Rosina, (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Angelina (La Ceneretola), 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, Rhode Island, Missouri, Kansas, Idaho and New York. As a soloist she has performed in prestigious venues such as Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and Boston's historic Jordan Hall.
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