Besty Archer

Soprano

Biography

Betsy won the La Porte Symphony’s “Hoosier Star” competition in 2011 and was featured in their show Pop Stars: Best of the Best. In her most recent performance, she performed for 4,000 enthusiastic new opera fans, singing La Traviata excerpts in the symphony’s children’s concert, A Day at the Opera.“Betsy Archer was a delight to hear. Her soft soprano wafted as gently as the call of a nightingale. In terms of technique, she jumped octaves effortlessly, and her voice spun well in every register.” – Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk, Grand Rapids Press

Betsy’s oratorio solos include Bach’s Coffee Cantata, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and Bach’s St. John’s Passion (Grand Rapids Symphony), Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Faure’s Requiem (Calvin Oratorio Society), Rutter’s Requeim (Grand Rapids Youth Symphony), and Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity (St. Joseph Pro Musica). Betsy has also been the recurring soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Zeeland Chorus and Illiana Oratorio.

Betsy has played Eliza in My Fair Lady, Lily in The Secret Garden, and Tseitel in Fiddler on the Roof. Operetta and Opera credits include Casilda in The Gondoliers, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado, and Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro.

Betsy portrayed Jenny Lind in the Louisville, KY premier of When Jenny Lind Came To Town and Millie in the Acorn Theater’s premier of The Lords of the Levee.

Betsy received her Bachelors of Music from the University of California, Irvine, and studied summers at AIMS in Graz, Bay View Conservatory, Brevard Music Center and Aspen Music School. She has performed in master classes with Dawn Upshaw, Gabriele Lechner, Dan Montez and Martin Katz. She has studied voice with Carl Kaiser, Laura Floyd, Nina Hinson, Bill Glazier, Gregory Mason and Rosemary Hyler.

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Reviews

“Betsy Archer was a delight to hear. Her soft soprano wafted as gently as the call of a nightingale. In terms of technique, she jumped octaves effortlessly, and her voice spun well in every register.”

Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk, GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

“The soprano is the star of “Lord Nelson,” and Archer fit the role well. Her bright, crystal-clear voice was exuberant on the opening of the Gloria and was emotionally inspired during the middle of the Credo. Yet by the Agnus Dei, she was ready to sparkle on the Benedictus”

Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk, GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

“An angelic rendering of John Rutter’s “Requiem” concluded the program. It featured soprano Betsy Archer and was the first time the Grand Rapids Symphony joined the Youth Symphony High School Honors Chorus. Varineau shaped these English countryside sounds into a meaningful, chest-heaving, heartbreaking performance. Subtle changes in dynamics (which don’t sound so subtle when performed well) were well-executed and then some. Archer delivered a sweet, solid performance.”

Brad Aspey, GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

“Grand Rapids soprano Betsy Archer was the soothing soloist for the ‘Pie Jesu.’” (Calvin Oratorio Society’s Faure Requeim)

Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk, GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

“I have appreciated Betsy . . .as an extraordinary soprano soloist.  Her voice is one of exceptional clarity, beauty, and expressiveness. Betsy has wonderful stage presence and engages her listeners in an unusually beautiful and natural manner. Her intonation is flawless, her vocal production effortless, and her stylistic sensitivity remarkable.

She invariably is a highlight of any concert in which she appears as a soloist. She has an aura of serenity that comes through in her personal demeanor and her performances alike.”

Bach Chorale
Dr. H. Martin Werner
Director of the Bach Chorale, Grand Rapids, MI

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Betsy Archer sings:

Time to Say Goodbye

Betsy Archer sings

Glitter and Be Gay

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My Old Kentucky Home

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The Last Rose of Summer

Artist in Action

Betsy Archer in Performance