Betany Coffland, Mezzo-soprano | Opera San Jose  

2008 – 2012

Betany CofflandDuring the 2015-16 season, BETANY COFFLAND performed Respighi’s chamber masterpiece, Il Tramonto with the acclaimed Ensemble SF, and then twice performed the role of Sprechstimme in Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with the chamber orchestra Espressivo under conductor Michel Singher. During the summer, she performed as the alto soloist in Bach’s B Minor Mass at the Mendocino Music Festival.

Engagements for Ms. Coffland in 2015 included appearing as 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. She also appeared as a guest artist at the Irene Dalis Memorial Concert in May 2015.  In 2014, Ms. Coffland debuted with the Juneau Symphony, toured in recital with guitarist, Aaron Larget-Capland, premiered as a soloist with the SF Choral Society and the with the widely acclaimed chamber group, Ensemble SF.

Other recent performances for Ms. Coffland included soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the Sacramento Philharmonic and a recital on the 405 Shrader concert series in San Francisco, both in Spring of 2013.  In May, Ms. Coffland sang the role of Carmen in concert with the Diablo Symphony, and performed as a soloist at the Firehouse Theater in Pleasanton with Livermore Opera. Previous 2012-13 engagements included the role of Nicklausse/Muse for West Bay Opera, the role of Flora (La traviata) for Livermore Opera, and a solo recital she presented in Kansas City.

While a member of OSJ’s resident ensemble, Ms. Coffland performed the roles Idamante (Idomeneo), The Woman (La voix humaine), and Siebel (Faust). Other roles performed during her residency included Dolly (Anna Karenina) Rosina (The Barber of Seville), Javotte (Manon), Angelina (La Cenerentola), Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro) Olga (Eugene Onegin), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), and the title role in Carmen.

She received a MM degree from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from New England Conservatory of Music. She recently lived a year in Italy, studying the language for her profession while performing on concerts throughout the Umbrian and Tuscan regions. In 2003, she received the Bori Grant for foreign music study in the Czech language where she studied in Prague and has received scholarships from The Juilliard School, the Aspen Music Festival, and New England Conservatory of Music.

Ms. Coffland won the Grand Prize at the Margaret Kimball Competition and she won first place in the Treasure Valley Concerto Competition. Her operatic roles also include Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, L’Enfant in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilegès, Miles in Britten’s The Turn of The Screw and Giannetta from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore.

Fond of concert and recital repertoire, Ms. Coffland has been heard in recitals in Massachusetts, Missouri, Kansas, Idaho and New York, including solo performances in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and in Boston’s Jordan Hall.

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