Betty is a British-Russian soprano based in London, and has a varied career as a recitalist, opera, concert, and consort singer.

Recent opera credits include Flora The Turn of the Screw (Dartington International Festival), The Model WEAR (Tête à Tête Festival), Amor Orfeo ed Euridice (New Sussex Opera), and covering Zerlina Don Giovanni (HeadFirst Productions). Other operatic experience includes Belinda Dido and Aeneas (at St Martin-in-the-Fields and for Woodhouse Opera), Lucia The Rape of Lucretia (with St Peter’s Opera), Falsche Angelle The Tsar has his Photograph Taken (at the Bloomsbury Studio), Phillidel/Cupid King Arthur (in Westminster Abbey), Susanna Le nozze di FigaroVitellia La Clemenza di TitoDrusilla The ProphetessAmahl Amahl and the Night Visitors (all at Oxford University). Chorus work includes performances with West Green House Opera, Westminster Opera Company, and as part of the Guildhall Consort with the Venice Baroque at the Barbican Hall.


Betty greatly enjoys singing contemporary repertoire and returns annually to Oxford University to perfom for student composition workshops with pianist Jonathan Powell. She also collaborates with Jonathan on performances and recordings of 20th Century repertoire; they have given recitals together at the Levoča Indian Summer festival in Slovakia, and in the UK at venues including Pushkin House in London, the Jacqueline du Pré Hall in Oxford, and the Brighton Fringe festival. Betty also collaborates with pianist Pavel Timofeyevsky, with whom she has given a number of UK recitals. They are looking forward to making their international recital debut together in February 2020 at the Teatro Astoria in Lerici, Italy.


For the 2019 Dartington International Festival, Betty performed the role of Michal Saul (c. Laurence Cummings) and the soprano solos of Tippett's Five Spirituals and Beethoven's Choral Fantasia (c. Stephen Barlow). For the 2018 Suoni dal Golfo Festival in Italy, Betty sang the soprano solos of Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle (c. Gianluca Marciano), as well as a recital dedicated to Nadezhda von Meck and a commissioned musical-theatrical piece composed by Anna Segal.


Other oratorio experience includes Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, Vivaldi's Gloria, Fauré's Requiem, Brahms' Requiem, Bach's Magnificat & St. John Passion, and Will Todd's Mass in Blue, and gala concert appearances includes the venues Cadogan Hall, St. John's Smith Square, and Queen's House Greenwich. Betty is very much looking forward to making her Russian gala concert debut in Moscow in March 2020.

Betty trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is currently a member of the Barock Vokal programme in Mainz, Germany, with whom she recently made her solo concert debuts in Germany, performing Spanish songs with guitarist Hans-Werner Huppertz at the Koblenz International Guitar Festival in June 2019, Italian concert arias with a string ensemble at Schloss Engers and the Mainz Landesmuseum in October 2019, and a masterclass with Andreas Scholl & Tamar Halperin culminating in a folk-baroque concert programme. She previously received a First Class Music BA from the University of Oxford (Exeter College). 

Betty has held choral scholarships at Exeter College, Oxford and St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, London; she has also sung extensively with professional choirs and consorts, including Oxford Consort of Voices, St Martin's Voices, Blenheim Singers, The Hanover Band, Locrian Singers, Oxford Bach Soloists, and Sansara, through which she has toured to the USA, Germany, Italy, Spain, and France. She is the soprano soloist on the EM Records world premiere recording of C.V. Stanford’s Mass in G, as well as being part of the solo-voice consort for the Pan Classics CD of Pelham Humfrey Symphony Anthems lead by Edward Higginbottom and accompanied by Instruments of Time and Truth.

© 2019 Betty Makharinsky                                                                                                            Homepage photos by Aubrey Simpson at Dartington Hall, Devon