Bettina Smith is from Bergen, Norway. She began her studies at the Bergen Conservatory of Music where she graduated with the highest degree. She then pursued her studies with Wout Oosterkamp and Elly Ameling at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Den Haag, Holland, receiving a Masters Degree with distinction.
She then specialized at the Internationales Opernstudio des Opernhaus Zürich, Switzerland. The two year engagement included several roles on the Opernhaus Zürich`s main stage.
In February 2001, Bettina made her debut at the Staatsoper Berlin singing the role of “Berta” in Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”, and has since then been performing at leading operahouses, festivals and concert halls in Europe. In 2013, Bettina made her operatic debut in the USA, singing the leading role of “Mrs. Schroedinger”, in John Bilottas “Quantum Mechanic” in San Fransisco.
Bettina has a wide repertoire ranging from Medieval to contemporary music, and appears regularly as an oratorio and cantata soloist, in addition to being an active chamber-musician.
Oratorios include a.o. :”Requiem“ by Verdi / “Elias” by Mendelssohn / “c-minor mass” / ” Requiem” / ” Credo-messe” and “Coronation-mass” (all by Mozart) , all the passions by Bach as well as his “Magnificat” and ” b-minor mass” / Stabat Mater by Rossini / “Die Gekreuzigte Liebe” and “Lukas passion” by Telemann / “Christus” by Liszt / “f-moll messe” and “Te Deum” by Bruckner and Mahler’s 8th Symphonie.
As a recitalist, Bettina has performed in several festivals in Europe a.o. The Bergen International Festival, Zürcher Festspiele, The Rhijnauwen Kamermuziekfestival , Oude Muziek Festival Utrecht, Mozart Tage Luzern, Bach Tage Luzern, Brahms Festival Den Haag, Hindemith Festival in Den Haag where she performed “Des Todes Tod” together with Nabuko Imai, and in the Strawinsky-Festival 2000 at Het Muziekteater Amsterdam (Les Noces) together with het Nationale Ballet.
Together with the dutch pianist Jan Willem Nelleke, Bettina sings recitals all over Europe, including Amsterdam (het Concertgebouw), Oslo, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Reykjavik and Baden bei Wien. They regularly give recitals in Holland for the organisation Vrienden van het Lied. Bettina has been Artist in Residence at the Laudinella Festival in St.Moritz, Switzerland, and she has performed Hugo Wolf’s “Spanisches Liederbuch” in the prestigious Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In April 2007, Bettina and Mr. Nelleke gave a highly acclaimed recital in the Concertgebouw De Vereiniging Nijmegen, and in May 2007, Bettina gave a solo recital at the Bergen International Festival, together with the norwegian pianist Einar Røttingen. This duo has also performed together at the Fartein Valen Festivalen in Haugesund, Euterpe- series, Oi-Oi Festival and AVGARDE- series; as part of the Grieg -07 Festival.
Bettina has made radio recordings for Dutch, German, Swiss and Norwegian broadcasting and has received several prestigious scholarships , a.o. the Edwin Ruud Stipend and the Herbert von Karajan Music Legacy.
She was a prizewinner in the Françesco Viñas competition in Barcelona 2001, and was awarded a special prize given by Dalton Baldwin for outstanding lieder-singing.
Her first solo CD with songs by Fauré, Chausson and Saint-Saens was released to great acclaim in 2009.
Her second solo CD, containing works by contemporary Norwegian composers, was released to great acclaim in 2015. Her third solo CD with songs by Faure and Debussy, will be released in 2016. (www.lawo.no)
Bettina has participated in masterclasses with a.o. Elly Ameling, Dalton Baldwin, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Oren Brown, Nigel Rogers, Jill Feldman, Robert Holl, Rudolf Jansen, Helmuth Deutsch, Ernst Haefliger, Walter Berry, Jörg Demus, Hans-Peter Blochwitz, Susanna Eken and Lorraine Nubar.
Bettina Smith has worked with renowned conductors such as Nello Santi, Franz Welser-Möst, Adam Fischer, Thierry Fischer, Petr Altrichter, Fabrizio Ventura, Phillippe Jordan, Kenneth Montgomery, Jos van Veldhoven, Erkki Korhonen, Philip Ledger, Magnar Mangersnes.
Bettina is Associate Professor of singing at the University of Stavanger, Norway.
OPERA ROLES PERFORMED
La Musica (Orfeo, Favola in musica)
Messagiera (Orfeo, Favola in musica)
Nerone (L’incoronazione di Poppea)
Ottavia (L’incoronazione di Poppea)
Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro)
Cecilio (Lucio Silla)
Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte)
2nd Lady (Der Zauberflöte)
Annius (La clemenza di Tito)
Melibea (Il viaggio a Reims)
Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia)
Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia)
Flora (La Traviata)
Pisana (I due Foscari)
A.Lortzing: Gräfin (Der Wildschütz)
W.Walton: Popova (The Bear)
H.Purcell: Dido (Dido and Aeneas)
M.A.Bononcini: Erodiade (Salome)
J.Mattheson: Proculejus (Cleopatra)
H.Berlioz: Marguerite (La damnation de Faust)
Sesto (Guilio Cesare)
R.Strauss: Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier)
R.Wagner: Wellgunde (Das Rheingold)
A complete repertory list is available upon request.