Betsy’s oratorio solos include Bach’s Coffee Cantata, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and Bach’s St. John’s Passion (Grand Rapids Symphony), Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Faure’s Requiem (Calvin Oratorio Society), Rutter’s Requeim (Grand Rapids Youth Symphony), and Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity (St. Joseph Pro Musica). Betsy has also been the recurring soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Zeeland Chorus and Illiana Oratorio.

 

Betsy has played Eliza in My Fair Lady, Lily in The Secret Garden, and Tseitel in Fiddler on the Roof. Operetta and Opera credits include Casilda in The Gondoliers, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado, and Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro.

 

Betsy portrayed Jenny Lind in the Louisville, KY premier of When Jenny Lind Came To Town and Millie in the Acorn Theater’s premier of The Lords of the Levee.

 

Betsy received her Bachelors of Music from the University of California, Irvine, and studied summers at AIMS in Graz, Bay View Conservatory, Brevard Music Center and Aspen Music School. She has performed in master classes with Dawn Upshaw, Gabriele Lechner, Dan Montez and Martin Katz. She has studied voice with Carl Kaiser, Laura Floyd, Nina Hinson, Bill Glazier, Gregory Mason and Rosemary Hyler.

Featured in La Porte Symphony's "A Day at the Opera," Betsy recently introduced 4,000 young and enthusiastic new opera fans to the high notes of La Traviata.  

Betsy previously was the La Porte Symphony’s “Hoosier Star” (2011) and was also featured in their "Pop Stars: Best of the Best." 

© 2014 Betsy Archer