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How beautiful are the feet - Handel - Betty Makharinsky, soprano - Sebastian Black, piano
Richmond Festival Young Singer of the Year (2015)
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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