Bethania Baray is a Mexican soprano who proudly calls Memphis home. She has been described as “a voice of such power, expression and articulation that it may well send chills up and down your spine” by the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Operatic roles include Belinda in Dido and Aeneas and the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel with Opera Memphis. She has sung the role of Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone, Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Miss Havisham in Argento’s Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night with the University of Memphis Opera Theater, Gretel in Humperdink’s Hänsel und Gretel with the Doña Ana Lyric Opera, Lucia in Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and Mary Warren in Robert Ward’s The Crucible with the University of Arizona Opera Theater. She will be seen this fall in the Opera Memphis production of Le Nozze di Figaro as Barbarina. Ms. Baray looks forward to the Memphis Midtown Opera Festival where she will perform Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire.
Currently, she is the Director of Opera at Arkansas State University and is on the voice faculty. Additionally, she serves as the Choirmaster of St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Memphis.
Ms. Baray holds a MM from the University of Arizona and Bachelor degree in Music Education from New Mexico State University. She is currently ABD in her Doctoral of Music degree at the University of Memphis.