||Described as possessing “a bright, round and supple sound,” (Kitchener-Waterloo Record) Bethany Hörst is quickly establishing herself on the stage in both opera and concert. Ms. Hörst has appeared in numerous productions with opera companies across Canada, France and the Netherlands. Her roles include multiple Baroque operas, many Classical works and 20th century repertoire.
Equally comfortable in concert, Ms. Hörst has sung oratorio works with orchestras and major choirs across Canada and the USA. Ms. Hörst has won several international competitions including the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Solo Competition at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Hörst was twice honoured as a District Winner and Regional Finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions. She has received the Encouragement Award at the Met Regional Finals and also at the Palm Beach International Opera Competition.
Hörst is also a recipient of the prestigious Canadian Opera Grant, the Jacqueline Desmarais Award. Horst has placed first in the Advanced Singer’s category at NATS and NATSAA (Chicago and Indianapolis), the NYCO Mozart Competition, the International Aria Competition, the Opera Lyra Ottawa Studio Competition and Conservatory Canada’s Vocal Competition. Horst recently placed second at the Brian Law Competition in Ottawa. She has been honoured with Western University’s Board of Governor’s Award, the A. E. Rose Award, the Doris E. Tanton Award and the Abner Martin Music Scholarship.
Ms. Hörst holds a Masters of Music in Literature and Performance from Western, where she currently teaches voice. She is a frequent guest instructor at Singers Theatre, Eastwood Collegiate and Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, and is in high demand for masterclasses and adjudicating throughout Ontario.