Following her studies in Missouri and Kansas (USA), the Californian soprano, Betsy Horne, came to the Johannes-Gutenberg-University in Mainz as a scholar in 2001. Parallel to her postgraduate studies she performed at Staatstheater Mainz, at the Opera Cologne, and at the Festivals in Schwetzingen and Potsdam. From 2006, she was an ensemble member at Staatstheater Wiesbaden, where she performed in over 20 roles on stage as a mezzo soprano, before she started her change of fach to soprano in 2009. In the fall of 2009, Betsy Horne won the Dorothea-Glatt Förderpreis at the international singing competition Gesangswettbewerb für Wagner-Stimmen in Karlsruhe.
From 2010 to 2014, Betsy Horne was part of the ensemble at Coburg Landestheater, where she achieved great success in the roles of Desdemona, Katja Kabanova, Agathe, Tatjana, and Elsa. In 2012, she was awarded with the Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis. Since her fulminant US debut as Katja Kabanova at the Spoleto Festival, USA she is working freelance.
In the fall of 2013, Betsy Horne debuted as Marschallin/Der Rosenkavalier at Stadttheater Klagenfurt, in September 2015 as Emma/Khovanshchina at Theater Basel, and in June of 2016 as Arabella at the Opera Leipzig.
In Germany and Europe, Betsy Horne is active as a concert and lied singer with the Hofer Sinfoniker and the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, among others.

Her most recent projects include the roles of Freia/Rheingold and Gutrune/3rd Norn/Götterdämmerung at Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Desdemona/Otello at Stadttheater Klagenfurt, as well as Princess Volkhova in Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Sadko at Opera Vlaanderen in Antwerp.

In season 2018/19 Betsy Horne will, among other things, be making her role debut as Eva in the new production Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg under the baton of GMD Patrick Lange at Staatstheater Wiesbaden, where she will also be on stage as Elisabeth/Tannhäuser – a role which she will be performing at the International Maifestspiele 2019 as well. In addition, she is a guest with Opera Vlaanderen as Daughter in Hindemith’s Cardillac as well as in Bari as Gerhilde/Walküre and Naples as Sieglinde/Walküre.

Artist Website


General Management

Artist Manager
Boris Orlob
Managing Director 
Mobil: +49-172-8 51 55 14


Repertoire Concert

Beethoven Symphony no. 9
Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem
Dvorak Stabat Mater
Hindemith Hin und Zurück
Mendelssohn Elias
Mozart Requiem
Schumann Das Paradies und die Peri
Strauss, R. Vier letzte Lieder
Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras
Wagner Wesendonck-Lieder

Repertoire Opera

Britten The Turn of the Screw Gouvernante
Fall Madame Pompadour Madame Pompadour
Gluck Iphigénie en Tauride Iphigénie
Holst Savitiri Savitiri
Janáček Katja Kabanova Katja
Kálmán Die Csárdásfürstin Sylva Varescu
Monteverdi L’incoronazione di Poppea Poppea
Mozart Die Zauberflöte 2. Dame
  Don Giovanni Donna Elvira
Mussorgsky Chowanschtschina Emma
Poulenc Dialogues des Carmélites Madame Lidoine
Puccini Gianni Schicchi Nella
  La Bohème Mimi
Raymond Maske in Blau Evelyne Valera
Smetana The Bartered Bride Marie
Strauss, J. Zigeunerbaron Saffi
Strauss, R. Der Rosenkavalier Die Marschallin
  Elektra 5. Magd
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Tatjana
Verdi Otello Desdemona
Wagner Die Meistersinger v. Nürnberg Eva
  Lohengrin Elsa von Brabant
Weber Der Freischütz Agathe


Horne, Ionis, Keitel and Bork: Godfather and Valkyries in Bari!
Hojotoho! Betsy Horne/Gerhilde, Alexandra Ionis/Rossweisse and Niina Keitel/Grimgerde embodied the Valkyries in Wagner’s eponymous opera pugnaciously and with vocal power at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari. Furthermore, Robert Bork sang Wotan under the baton of Stefan Anton Reck.
At this point, we would like to mention some of the upcoming engagements including our artists:

Betsy Horne will perform two great Wagner roles on the occassion of the Internationale Maifestspiele at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, each under the baton of GMD Patrick Lange:
Elisabeth/Tannhäuser on May 26 (with Andreas Schager as Tannhäuser); Eva/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg on May 30 and June 30

On April 28, Robert Bork  will perform the Wotan in Die Walküre at the Staatstheater Kassel under the baton of Francesco Angelico and besides Yorck Felix Speer as Hunding.

As from May 11, Alexandra Ionis and Niina Keitel will once again take on the roles of Rossweisse and Grimgerde. This time at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and together with Juraj Valčuha at the conductor’s stand, Tómas Tómasson as Wotan, Runi Brattaberg as Hunding, Barbara Haveman as Sieglinde, Ursula Hesse von den Steinen as Fricka, as well as Raffaela Lintl and Robyn Allegra Parton as Valkyries. (Further performance dates: May 12/16/17/18)
2018/19: Three in a row
An exciting season awaits Betsy Horne. First off, she will be celebrating her debut as Eva in the new production of Meistersinger von Nürnberg under the baton of GMD Patrick Lange on September 29th at Staatstheater Wiesbaden. With her on stage is Young Doo Park making his debut as Veit Pogner. Performance dates: 29.09.; 03/14.10.; 04.11.; 22.04.; 30.05.; 30.06.
From one daughter to another; on February 3rd Betsy Horne will be making her debut as the daughter of Cardillac in Hindemith’s opera of the same name at Opera Vlaanderen. In the staging by Guy Joosten and under the musical direction of Dmitri Jurowski she will be on stage on the following nights: Opera Antwerp: 03/05/08/10/12.02.; Opera Ghent: 21/23/27.02. and 03.03.
The next role debut is not long in coming – following her Belgian excursion Betsy Horne will return to her parent house in Wiesbaden where, starting 09.03., she will be performing the role of Elisabeth in the revival of Wagner’s Tannhäuser in the staging by Uwe Eric Laufenberg and under the baton of Patrick Lange. Dates: 09/17.03.; 21.04. and 26.05.



Gräfin Mariza / Prinzregentheater München / 01.05.2018 /

"Ein Genuss, ihr zuzuhören" 

Otello / Stadttheater Klagenfurt / 23.02.2017 / Kronen Zeitung

"gibt alles, was sie hat" 

Otello / Stadttheater Klagenfurt / 10.02.2017 / APA

"bewegende lyrische Passagen voll Innigkeit und Intimität" 

Otello / Stadttheater Klagenfurt / 10.02.2017 /

"die intensive Gestaltung [...] ließ das Publikum den Atem anhalten" 

Arabella / Oper Leipzig / 20.06.2016 / nmz online

"Eine Arabella mit schlankem und dennoch sehr starkem Ausdruck" 
Download (High Resolution)