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Betty Makharinsky

Voice Type:



British, Russian


United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, Russian


The Rape of Lucretia (Benjamin Britten)
St Peter's College, Oxford
Falsche Angele (English tr.)
The Tsar has his Photograph Taken (Kurt Weill)
Bloomsbury Studio, London
The Prophetess (Purcell)
Theatron Novum
Vitellia (English tr.)
La clemenza di Tito (Mozart)
Oxford Student Opera Company
Acis and Galatea (Handel)
Turl Street Arts Festival
Susanna (English tr.)
The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
Heartstrings Opera Co.


Juditha Triumphans (Antonio Vivaldi)
Barbican Hall, Venice Baroque Orchestra
Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)
St Martin-in-the-Fields Church
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Westminster Opera Co.


Soprano Soloist
A German Requiem (Brahms)
Wooburn Singers - Come and Sing!
1st Soprano Soloist
Magnificat in D BWV 243 (Bach, JS)
Turl Street Arts Festival

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

How beautiful are the feet - Handel - Betty Makharinsky, soprano - Sebastian Black, piano

Headshot [Photographer: Ksenia Kucheravaya]

Headshot [Photographer: Ksenia Kucheravaya]

Headshot [Photographer: Ksenia Kucheravaya]

Headshot [Photographer: Ksenia Kucheravaya]

Photographer: Frank Dabba Smith

Photographer: Frank Dabba Smith

Richmond Festival Young Singer of the Year (2015)

Graduate Certificate
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Music BA (Hons)
Oxford University (Exeter College)

British-Russian soprano Betty Makharinsky trained at the Guildhall School of Music Drama, prior to which she received a First Class Music BA from Exeter College, Oxford University. She currently studies voice with Alastair Brookshaw and coaches with Caroline Dowdle. She is particularly interested in performing baroque and contemporary repertoire.

Recent opera credits include The Model WEAR (Tête à Tête Festival), and Amor Orfeo ed Euridice (New Sussex Opera). She has performed as a soprano soloist in Haydn’s Theresienmesse, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Fauré's Requiem, Brahms' Requiem, Bach's Magnificat, and Will Todd's Mass in Blue. She is the soprano soloist on Exeter College choir’s EM Records world premiere recording of C.V. Stanford’s Mass in G.

Betty also sings with a number of ensembles, including The Hanover Band, Locrian Singers, Sansara, and Oxford Consort of Voices. With the latter, she recently toured Spain with Bach’s St John Passion and appears as a soloist on the group’s Pan Classics CD of Pelham Humfrey Symphony Anthems, lead by Edward Higginbottom.

She collaborates in recital with pianists Pavel Timofeyevsky and Jonathan Powell, and has performed and recorded a variety of songs by lesser-known Russian composers of the early 20th century for the “Toccata Classics” label with Jonathan. She returns annually to Oxford to workshop and perform student compositions with Jonathan also.

Future performances include a concert tour of Eastern Europe with Jonathan Powell, and the roles of Flora Turn of the Screw and Michal Saul at Dartington International Festival. Betty has also co-founded The Philomel Project, currently in residence at The Frances Crick Institute.

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