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Hi friends! I’m Betany Coffland with The Singing Lesson and I’m here to help you bring out your BEST voice!

Whether you’re here to simply improve your karaoke skills, to audition for your local community choir, or to prepare yourself for a career on the operatic stages, I’m here to help! You’ll find practical suggestions and techniques for ways to build the muscles and coordination to sing better in any style.

Trained at The Juilliard School in New York City with a Masters Degree in vocal performance (yep, I can teach you all the tools without those pricey student loans!). I’m going to give you a clear path to help you gain more confidence in your singing by giving you concrete examples of what the voice needs in order to develop a beautiful, and healthy, singing ability.

With more than 25 years of stage experience, my training will help you uncover your natural voice, and give you a strong foundation to work upon. I still sing professionally today and all the things I teach you, I’m still implementing today. I’m here to help you improve your singing skill regardless of your experience, so let’s begin your path to vocal freedom!

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In April of 2019, Ms. Coffland will sing the role of Elizabeth Bennett for the World Concert Premiere of Kirke Mechem's opera Pride and Prejudice with the Redwood Symphony.

The 2017-2018 season began with Ms Coffland 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 and in the summer of 2018, she was heard as the alto soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at The Bear Valley Music Festival and as Prince Orlofsky at Festival Opera.

Mezzo-soprano Betany Coffland'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".



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The 2016-2017 kicked off with Ms. Coffland debuting with The Oakland Symphony as the alto soloist in Bruckner’s Te Deum followed by a performance of Resphighi's chamber masterpiece, Il Tramonto with Ensemble SF.

Another notable highlight that season was her performance in 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: Part II 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.



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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 Cenerentola), 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 performed in prestigious venues such as Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and Boston's historic Jordan Hall.

Betany Coffland is managed by Vox International Artists.
Her singing website can be found here.


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