Jacob Bettinelli 吳柏賢 was a 2016 Britten-Pears Young Artist. He recently gained a Bachelor of Music degree from the Royal College of Music, and continue to study for a Masters in Performance degree with Alison Wells and Andrew Robinson at the RCM. He is a Jessie Sumner Scholar supported by Tiong Kiu King Award, his studies is also generously supported by K. Wah International Vocal Scholarship. He made his professional debut as a baritone soloist singing Handel’s Messiah with Hong Kong Voices, under the direction of Ken Lam.
Jacob has participated in master classes with Christa Ludwig, Susan Bullock, Sumi Jo, Thomas Quasthoff, Roger Vignoles, Patricia MacMahon, Lynn Eustis and most recently with Kim Begley.
Jacob has won many awards including the ABRSM 60th Anniversary National High Achievers award, first prize at the Hong Kong Youth Singing Festival (Art Songs and Chinese Art Songs Classes), first prize in the open Male Voice Class at both 60th and 62nd Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, for each of which he was awarded the prestigious Barbara Fei Vocal Scholarship. In 2015, Jacob was the sole full Musical Odyssey scholarship recipient which has enabled him to participate in master classes with Susan Bullock and Jenny Drivala in Nafplio, Greece. He was awarded both the Talent Unlimited Charity Prize and the Stonevale Concert Series Prize.
Jacob is also active in both concert and recital; his repertoire encompasses a wide range of genres. Some highlights include a concert in Lucca, Italy premiering music by Puccini (senior) under Bruno Nicoli (La Scala), Faure’s Requiem, Beethoven’s song cycle ‘An die ferne Geliebte’ at Beethoven Summer Festival, Brahms Song project at Aldeburgh Festival, Yellow River Cantata at Sheldoian Theatre, Oxford, Faith of The Nation gala at Cadogan Hall and the British Youth Opera concert at the Italian Ambassador’s residence, opera evening at Carlton Club. He has also given recitals at St James’s Piccadilly, Asia House, Victoria & Albert Museum and recorded the baritone solo for a BBC2 TV documentary ‘The story of China’.
Operatic appearances include ‘Masetto’ in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Hong Kong City Hall. His London professional appearances include ‘Schaunard’ in Puccini’s La Bohème, ‘Uberto’ in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona at Wilton’s Music Hall, ‘Achilla’ in Handel’s Giulio Cesare ‘Captain Corcoran’ in Sullivan’s H.M.S Pinafore in the RCM opera scenes and ‘Demetrius’ in the world-premiere of Puck composed by Lycke & Berv for the RCM Great Exhibitionists series.
Jacob is grateful for the continued support he has received from the Talent Unlimited.
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