For any opera singer, one performance can be enough to put a strain on her vocal cords. But what about performing two major roles in the same day? Betsy Bishop, a 1989 graduate of the Furman music program, did just that this past Saturday when she did double duty at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. It was an impressive enough feat that The New York Times took note in its “ArtBeat” section.
After graduating from Furman, Bishop attended the Julliard School of Music. A mezzo-soprano, she has performed with the Metropolitan Opera as Venus in “Tannhauser,” with the Washington National Opera as Eboli in “Don Carlo,” and as Mere Marie in Dialogues of the “Carmelites” with Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Palm Beach Opera. She also performed the role of Emilie in the world premiere of “The Dangerous Liaisons on PBS.”