Bethany Battafarano, whose voice Germany's Rheinische Post has heralded as simply "wonderful," is a soprano soloist and consort singer. A specialist in historical performance practices of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque vocal music, and a dedicated performer of new and experimental music, recent solo engagements include the title role in the U.S. premiere of Perti’s La beata Imelde, Kurtag’s Kafka Fragments, and selections of Luzzaschi’s Madrigali. As both soloist and consort singer, Bethany has recorded and toured nationally and internationally with such acclaimed groups as The Rose Ensemble, South Dakota Chorale, Quince Ensemble, and Apollo Master Chorale, among many others.
Bethany serves in a variety of artistic leadership positions. She is currently Music Director at St. Stephen's/Holy Rosary Catholic Church, as well as Artistic Director of its affiliate program Sursum Corazón, which trains Twin Cities youth and adults in Catholic vocal music practices. Bethany has also served as plainchant director and head cantor in a number of churches, among them the 3,000-seat Cathedral of St. Paul (MN). In addition, Bethany is a co-founder and co-chair of the Justice and Best Practices Committee with Border CrosSing, as well as a co-founding soprano of experimental vocal consort Artemis, which has been commissioned by the Walker Art Center and EMPAC of New York, among others.
Bethany also works as a composer, scholar, and educator. Her compositions have been commissioned by the Cedar Cultural Center and featured at Studio Z and SPNN Studios. As a scholar, Bethany has presented at the joint Musicking and Annual Society for Seventeenth Century Music Conference, the Annual Musicking Conference, and Renegade Opera’s Artist in Conversations: Deconstruct series, and she will soon present at the Naming, Understanding, and Playing with Metaphors in Music Symposium. Her scholarship centers around culturally-informed voice theory and diversity, equity, and inclusion in the choral arts, with an emphasis in women’s and Mexica (Aztec) voice cultures in early colonial Mexico. As an educator, Bethany has taught undergraduate coursework in ethnomusicology, Western music history, and vocal performance, and she maintains private voice and piano studios. (See "Contact" section below if you are interested in taking lessons with Bethany.)
When she isn’t musicking, Bethany enjoys work as a Spanish-English medical interpreter, translator, and transcript editor, particularly in mental health contexts. She holds undergraduate degrees in Music, Anthropology, and Psychology from Macalester College, and M.A. Musicology and M.Mus. Voice Performance degrees from the University of Oregon. She will enroll in a Ph.D. program in Musicology/Ethnomusicology in Fall 2022.
"Un milagro de fe," Border CrosSing (2022)
"Venetian Glory," Transept (2021)
"Women Who Kill," Victoria Malawey (2018)
"Christmas in Baroque Malta," The Rose Ensemble (2017)