Bethany Baxter is a soprano with growing recognition across the United States. She has been featured as a soloist and in lead opera roles in Baltimore, Los Angeles, Richmond, and throughout Missouri, her home state. She completed her master’s degree from Peabody Conservatory where she studied with Dr. Stanley Cornett, an acclaimed pedagogue and performer.
Recent opera roles include Blonde in Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore with Peabody Opera, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and Tytania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other recent roles include Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), Maguelonne (Viardot’s Cendrillon) and Betty (Salieri’s Falstaff).
As a concert soloist, she was recently featured in the Richmond Ballet’s production of Carmina Burana with the Richmond Symphony and the Virginia Symphony. Ms. Baxter has a profound love of oratorio repertoire, of which she has performed the soprano solos for Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Coronation Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Fauré’s Requiem, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and Schubert’s Mass in G.
Awards include the Peabody Award for Outstanding Voice Student devoted to Peabody and the Community, the Florence Bentley Hughes Endowed Scholarship, and first place in the Southern California Philharmonic Young Artist Showcase Competition.
She has coached and performed in masterclasses with numerous internationally acclaimed teachers and performers including Denyce Graves, Dawn Upshaw, Graham Johnson, and Martin Katz. She is also active in the gospel music scene in Houston, singing with Kim Burrell and Many Nations Choir.