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Betsy Uschkrat



Biography

Betsy Uschkrat has appeared in leading soprano roles every IU Opera Theater season as she works toward completion of a master's degree at the Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Costanza Cuccaro. Her roles have included Juliette in Romeo et Juliette and Massenet's title character in Manon. Ms. Uschkrat is preparing two roles for the next opera theater season: Adina in L'elizir d'more (Summer 2007) and the title role in Floyd's Susannah (Fall 2007). Additionally, Opera Quad Cities of Moline has invited her to debut as Gilda in their 2008 production of Rigoletto. Ms. Uschkrat received a Bachelor of Music with Membership in the Honors College from the University of Houston Moores School of Music in 2005, where she studied with Joseph Evans. Among the many performances in opera and concert work there, she sang the role of Mrs. Honeychurch in A Room with a View, which was directed by the librettist, Buck Ross, and released on DVD in 2006. Ms. Uschkrat currently holds the title of Miss Indiana 2006 and was a finalist in the "Quality of Life Community Service Award" at the Miss America Pageant held in Las Vegas in January 2007.

Betsy Uschkrat