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".
This past spring, Ms. Coffland debuted with the Juneau Symphony and toured Massachusetts and California in recital with guitarist, Aaron Larget-Caplan. For the 2012-2013 season, she sang Carmen with the Diablo Symphony, Flora (La Traviata) with Livermore Opera and Nickalausse/The Muse (The Tales of Hoffmann) with West Bay Opera. This coming fall and spring Ms. Coffland will sing with the widely acclaimed chamber group, Ensemble SF.
As a Resident Artist with Opera San Jose from 2008-2012, 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, Missouri, Kansas, Idaho and New York. As a soloist she has preformed in prestigious venues such as Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and Boston's historic Jordan Hall.