Betty

Makharinsky

SOPRANO

& PRODUCER

Betty

Makharinsky

SOPRANO

& PRODUCER

BIO

Betty is a classical soprano, educator and producer. Upcoming highlights include Purcell’s opera The Fairy Queen with Hampstead Garden Opera, Brahms’ Requiem at St John’s Smith Square, a recital for the Gustav Mahler society at The Red Hedgehog in Highgate, and a Clara & Robert Schumann concert programme at St Cuthbert’s in Earl’s Court.

Last year she reached the semifinals of the Northern Aldborough Festival Vocal Competition in Yorkshire with duo partner Vladyslav Kuznetsov, and of the Concorso Internazionale di Canto Lirico “Casa Museo Enrico Caruso” in Naples. In July/August 2023, Betty joined Utopia Choir (c. Teodor Currentzis) to perform Henry Purcell’s The Indian Queen and W. A. Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor at the Salzburg Festival in Austria. She  joined a consort of Vache Baroque singers to celebrate the Jewish-Italian Baroque composer Salomone Rossi, culminating in a concert at St John’s Smith Square in December 2023 which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Betty is a performer for Vache Baroque’s primary schools’ tour of A History of Sound 2023/24.

Recent role credits include Lieschen Coffee Cantata (Vache BaroqueFlora The Turn of the Screw (Dartington International Festival), The Model WEAR (Tête à Tête Festival), Amor Orfeo ed Euridice (New Sussex Opera), and covering Zerlina Don Giovanni (HeadFirst Productions). Other operatic roles include Belinda Dido and Aeneas (at St Martin-in-the-Fields and for Woodhouse Opera), Lucia The Rape of Lucretia (with St Peter’s Opera), Falsche Angelle The Tsar has his Photograph Taken (at the Bloomsbury Studio), Phillidel/Cupid King Arthur (in Westminster Abbey), Susanna Le nozze di FigaroVitellia La Clemenza di TitoDrusilla The ProphetessAmahl Amahl and the Night Visitors (all at Oxford University). Chorus work includes performances with West Green House Opera, Westminster Opera Company, and as part of the Guildhall Consort with the Venice Baroque at the Barbican Hall.

Betty thrives in contemporary classical repertoire and has returned several times to Oxford University to workshop student compositions with Professor Martyn Harry and pianist Jonathan Powell. She also collaborates with Jonathan on performances and recordings of 20th Century repertoire; they have given recitals together at the Levoča Indian Summer festival in Slovakia, and in the UK at venues including Pushkin House in London, the Jacqueline du Pré Hall in Oxford, and the Brighton Fringe festival. Betty also collaborates with pianist Pavel Timofeyevsky, with whom she has given a number of UK recitals.

For the 2023 Al Bustan International Festival in Lebanon, Betty sang the soprano solos of Haydn’s Missa in Tempore Belli (c. Gianluca Marciano). She sang Michal Saul (c. Laurence Cummings) and the soprano solos of Tippett’s Five Spirituals and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia (c. Stephen Barlow) at the 2019 Dartington International Festival. For the 2018 Suoni dal Golfo Festival in Italy, Betty sang the soprano solos of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle (c. Gianluca Marciano), as well as a recital dedicated to Nadezhda von Meck and a commissioned musical-theatrical piece composed by Anna Segal.

Other oratorio experience includes Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Fauré’s Requiem, Brahms’ Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat & St. John Passion, and Will Todd’s Mass in Blue, and gala concert appearances includes the venues Cadogan Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, and Queen’s House Greenwich.

Betty trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and on the Barock Vokal programme in Mainz, Germany, as part of which she recently made her solo concert debuts in Germany, performing Spanish songs with guitarist Hans-Werner Huppertz at the Koblenz International Guitar Festival in June 2019, Italian concert arias with a string ensemble at Schloss Engers and the Mainz Landesmuseum in October 2019, and a masterclass with Andreas Scholl & Tamar Halperin culminating in a folk-baroque concert programme. She previously received a First Class Music BA from the University of Oxford (Exeter College).

Betty has held choral scholarships at Exeter College, Oxford and St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, London; she has also sung extensively with professional choirs and consorts, including Oxford Consort of Voices, St Martin’s Voices, Blenheim Singers, The Hanover Band, Locrian Singers, The Arb Ensemble, Oxford Bach Soloists, and Sansara, through which she has toured to the USA, Germany, Italy, Spain, and France. She is the soprano soloist on the EM Records world premiere recording of C.V. Stanford’s Mass in G, as well as being part of the solo-voice consort for the Pan Classics CD of Pelham Humfrey Symphony Anthems lead by Edward Higginbottom and accompanied by Instruments of Time and Truth.

Betty is the co-founder of Vache Baroque and of Philomel Creative Circle. She continues to study voice privately in Italy with tenor Antonio Lemmo.

MEDIA

January 2023
Pianist Gus Tredwell
Audio Engineer Jan Capinski

DIARY

Friday 8 March 2024 | 7.30pm
John Milton & Henry Lawes Celebration
at Stone Cottage, Chalfont St. Giles, Bucks

Betty Makharinsky Soprano
Kristiina Watt Theorbo
Kate Conway Viol

16 March 2024 | 6pm
Clara & Robert Schumann: Marriage Diaries
at St Cuthbert's Church, Earl's Court

Betty Makharinsky Soprano
Jamie Woollard Bass
Nafis Umerkulova Piano

17 March 2024 | 7pm
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
at St John's Smith Square, London

Civil Service Choir and Kensington Philharmonic Orchestra
Betty Makharinsky Soprano
Patrick Keefe Baritone
Claudio di Meo Conductor

27 March 2024 | 6pm
Clara & Robert Schumann: Marriage Diaries
at The Francis Crick Institute, London

Betty Makharinsky Soprano
Jamie Woollard Bass
Nafis Umerkulova Piano

19/20/26/27 April 2024 | 7.30pm
21/28 April 2024 | 4pm
Purcell's The Fairy Queen
Hampstead Garden Opera at Jacksons Lane

Eloise Lally directs, with Seb Gillot leading the HGOAntiqua Orchestra baroque ensemble.

25 April 2024 | 7pm
Recital for The Gustav Mahler Society UK
at The Red Hedgehog, Highgate

Betty Makharinsky Soprano
Pavel Timofeyevsky Piano

A Song of the Channel: French & English Baroque Music
A 45 minute recital programme featuring songs and arias by Henry Purcell, Rameau and Lully.

1.05pm on Thursday 7 September 2023 at St Mary-le-Bow Church, Cheapside, London EC2V 6AU

Betty Makharinsky soprano
Jonathan Darbourne harpsichord
Charlotte Fairbairn violin

Free to attend, no need to book or register

An intimate programme of madrigals and solo songs by Rossi and his contemporaries. The concert will be immediately followed by the Selichot service, which all are welcome to stay for.

7.30pm on Saturday 9 September 2023 at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, NW8 7HA

Betty Makharinsky soprano
Clara Kanter mezzo-soprano
Jonathan Darbourne countertenor
Bradley Smith tenor
Jolyon Loy bass
Kristiina Watt chitarrone & lute

This event is free to attend and open to people of all faiths or of none. Please register here.

From 6pm on Saturday 4 November 2023 at The Vache, HP8 4SD

Allow us to transport you to the Jewish Quarter of 17th-century Mantua, Italy for an immersive, black tie evening held within the stunning Great Hall of The Vache Manor House.

Betty Makharinsky soprano
Clara Kanter mezzo-soprano
Jonathan Darbourne countertenor, harpsichord
Bradley Smith tenor
Tristan Hambleton bass
Jonatan Bougt Chitarrone

Vache Baroque could not exist without the generous support of our friends and donors. The all-inclusive ticket price for this fundraising evening is £300, of which £100 is a voluntary donation to directly support our work as a registered UK charity. Click here for more info and to book now.

An intimate programme of madrigals and solo songs by Rossi and his contemporaries. This concert is open to people of all faiths or of none.

7.30pm on Saturday 9 September 2023 at Belsize Square Synagogue, London NW3 4HX.

Betty Makharinsky soprano
Clara Kanter mezzo-soprano
Jonathan Darbourne countertenor
Bradley Smith tenor
Tristan Hambleton bass
Kristiina Watt chitarrone & lute

This event is free to attend and open to people of all faiths or of none.

Tickets £20, Concessions £15. Click here for more info and to book now.

Running time c. 90 minutes to include a short interval. Proudly presented as part of the Tsitsit Jewish Fringe Festival.

Vache Baroque singers and the award-winning ensemble La Vaghezza unite to celebrate the Hanukkah story and mark 400 years of Salomone Rossi’s groundbreaking publication ‘The Songs of Solomon’.

Rossi, a highly-regarded Jewish violinist and composer working alongside Monteverdi in Mantua, was an inspirational character. Not only was he the first to compose contemporary-styled pieces to Hebrew texts, he also pioneered the trio sonata genre that was to become à la mode across Europe during the 17th century.

Hebrew psalm settings by Rossi will be coupled with works on the same texts by contemporaries such as Campion, Schütz, Cavalli, and Purcell, as well as other pieces sympathetic to the themes of Hanukkah. Punctuating these, La Vaghezza will perform a selection of Rossi’s striking instrumental music, with extras to include a sonata by Henry Purcell, who highlighted his debt to the Italian style. From solo lute songs and instrumental improvisation to expansive double-choir textures, this will be an evening of passionate contrasts – a truly Baroque storytelling.

7.30pm on Wednesday 13 December 2023 at St. John’s Smith Square, London

Music director: Jonathan Darbourne

Sopranos: Betty Makharinsky, Amy Wood
Altos: Clara Kanter, Jonathan Darbourne
Tenors: Bradley Smith, tbc
Basses: Tristan Hambleton, Jolyon Loy

La Vaghezza Ensemble
Violins: Mayah Kadish, Ignacio Ramal
Cello: Anastasia Baraviera
Theorbo: Gianluca Geremia
Harpsichord/organ: Marco Crosetto

Theorbo/lute: Kristiina Watt
Viol: Kate Conway

Tickets are on sale now:
£6 I £10 | £20 | £30

Click here for more info & to book now.

Wednesday 14 June 2023 at 7pm
Night Visions
with pianist Pavel Timofeyevsky

Tuesday 20 June 2023 at 12pm
Aldborough New Voices Competition: Semi-Final
with pianist Vladyslav Kuznetsov

Wednesday 5 July 2023 at 6pm
Summer Serenades
at The Crick Institute
with pianist Pavel Timofeyevsky

Saturday 8 July 2023 at 7pm
Try Me, Good King
as part of the Tower of London choir, c. Colm Carey

Tuesday 11 July 2023 at 6.30pm
Salomone Rossi Project Launch
in Mayfair
Vache Baroque supporters’ event

Monday 31 July at 7pm
Purcell’s The Indian Queen at Salzburg Festival, Austria
as part of Utopia choir, c. Teodor Currentzis

Wednesday 2 August at 7pm
Purcell’s The Indian Queen at Salzburg Festival, Austria
as part of Utopia choir, c. Teodor Currentzis

Wednesday 7 August at 8pm
Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor at Salzburg Festival, Austria
as part of Utopia choir, c. Teodor Currentzis

Tuesday 8 August at 8pm
Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor at Salzburg Festival, Austria
as part of Utopia choir, c. Teodor Currentzis

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