Born in Hong Kong, baritone Jacob Bettinelli made his professional debut as bass soloist singing Handel’s Messiah with Hong Kong Voices, under the direction of Ken Lam in 2008. He began singing at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and he started to perfecting the Italian ‘Belcanto’ style with world-renowned bass DongJian Gong in 2012. He is currently studying for a Bachelor of Music at the Royal College of Music where he is under the tutelage of Tim Evans-Jones and Andrew Robinson.
Jacob has participated in masterclasses with Annie Vavrille and DongJian Gong in Hong Kong. More recently, he performed in masterclasses with Roger Vignoles and Richard Jackson, as part of the RCM Richard Strauss Song Days, culminating in a performance of Strauss Lieder.
Jacob has performed with various choirs including Opera Hong Kong, The Opera Society of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Voices, Hong Kong Youth Choir and Hong Kong Melody Makers. Jacob has participated in many opera productions, including Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas and Verdi’s Aida and he played the Notaio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. In 2009, he took part a tour of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte both in Hong Kong and at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, and 2012 he appeared in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Bizet’s Carmen.
Jacob has won numerous prizes in competitions. In 2007, he won First Prize at the Hong Kong Youth Singing Festival (Art Songs and Chinese Art Songs Classes) and the Third Prize in Musical Theatre. He also won First Prize in the open Male Voice Class at the 60th and 62nd Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, for each of which he was awarded the prestigious Ms Barbara Fei Vocal Scholarship. In 2011, he was invited to sing in the ABRSM 60th Anniversary National High Achievers Concert.
He has recently appeared in Hong Kong as Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni under the baton of Brian Schembri, Uberto (understudy) in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona and played the role of Brighella as the commedia dell’arte character at the Wilton’s Music Hall, London.