Jacob Bettinelli

Jacob Bettinelli was born in Hong Kong, he is a Britten-Pears Young Artist, and trained at the Wales International Academy of Voice, having previously gained both his Master of Performance (2019) and Bachelor of Music (Hons) from the Royal College of Music in 2017.

This season Jacob appeared at Glyndebourne to perform in a masterclass with Danielle de Niese. He was selected for the Pegasus Opera Mentoring programme and is being mentored by Roderick Williams. Jacob made his debut with British Youth Opera, as Ford in Sir John in Love at Opera Holland Park. He also sang Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte semi-staged with St Bart’s chamber orchestra. Jacob is passionate about contemporary opera, he has played the role of Henry Johnson in The Aspern Papers (UK premier), Jai in The Silver Spoon conducted by Anthony Hose in Beaumaris Festival, Wofie in Red! (Barefoot Opera); he also created the role of Paul in The Heavenly Ledger on opera in film (Random Opera), an opera on film to be released in Autumn.

During the summer of 2021, Jacob made his title role debut in Le nozze di Figaro at the Teatro Ocampo de Morelia, Mexico and appeared as a soloist in an opera gala, sharing the stage alongside international acclaimed soprano Jennifer Rowley and Luis Ledesma with Orquesta Sinfonica de Michoacán under the baton of Jorge Parodi.

Pre-pandemic credits include Masetto in Don Giovanni at State Opera Varna and Hong Kong City Hall. Uberto in La Serva Padrona and Gil in Il segreto di Susanna in Macau. Furthermore, Jacob made appearances at Verbier Festival & Tête à Tête Opera Festival, and premiered music by Puccini (senior) under Bruno Nicoli (La Scala) at Auditorium del Suffragio. He won the Third Prize in the Piemonte Opera International Singing Competition in Italy.


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- Jacob Bettinelli’s dark bass-baritone glows in Ford’s histrionic cuckoldry
soliloquy but softens lyrically when asking his wife to pardon him, and
Bettinelli’s demonstrates musical intelligence and a strong stage

Claire Seymour, OperaToday, Ford, Sir John in Love, British Youth Opera at Opera Holland Park

The cast is excellent, with several performances standing out in
particular… Jacob Bettinelli is tremendous as Frank Ford, as his superb
bass-baritone comes to the fore.

Sam Smith, musicOMH, Ford, Sir John in Love, British Youth Opera at Opera Holland Park

- Jai sung by Jacob Bettinelli is one to watch - a huge bass-baritone voice,
effortlessly pleading with his best friend Gav, in his rounded upper
register and whining about his mother in law, with controlled glissandos. 

Ally Summers, Jai, A Silver Spoon, Keynote Opera at Beaumaris Festival


Third Prize at Piemonte Opera International Singing Competition, Italy
– Opera Hong Kong K. Wah International Vocal Award
– Ford in Sir John in Love (British Youth Opera at Opera Holland Park)
– Masetto in Don Giovanni (State Opera Varna)
– Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro (Teatro Ocampo de Morelia)
– Young artist, Britten Pears Young Artist Programme



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