Betty Lane



A lyric soprano with local, national and international performing experience, native Detroiter Betty Lane has the distinction of being the first American, as well as the first Black American, to win Le Premier Grand Prix in Le Concours International de Chant in Toulouse, France. Ms. Lane's Carnegie Hall debut with David Randolph and the St. Cecelia Chorus and Orchestra was quickly followed by her New York recital debut in Carnegie Recital Hall. Her symphonic debut was with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; international symphonic debut with the Orchestre de Toulouse at the Ravel Festival in France; operatic debut with Santa Fe Opera and international operatic debut with Frankfurt Opera in Germany. Known as the "Summertime Lady," Betty Lane can be heard in the role of Clara on the Grammy award-winning RCA Victor original cast recording of Houston Grand Opera's revival of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. A graduate of Juilliard (MS, BS), Spelman College (BA) and Detroit's Central High School, she has also earned certificates in voice from the Academia Chigiana in Italy and the Ravel Accademie in France. She is currently a member of the voice faculty at Wayne State University in Detroit. As the recipient of a mini-fellowship from the American Institute for Voice and Ear Research, she was trained as a Singing Voice Specialist under the direct guidance of otolaryngologist, Dr. Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA where she learned to utilize singing techniques as an alternative rehabilitation tool for singers and speakers with abused, misused, troubled and injured voices. Betty Lane owns and operates Vocal Pathways, a voice training and vocal health resource for singers, actors and speakers. She is a member of the Voice Foundation, the world's oldest and leading organization dedicated to voice care, medicine, science, and research for the professional voice user. In association with Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital Medical Center for the Performing Artist and Lakeshore Ear, Nose & Throat Center in St. Clair Shores, Ms. Lane serves as an independent voice trainer and vocal health educator.