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Mary Bevan

Soprano

  • Praised by Opera for her “dramatic wit and vocal control” in stand out performances on opera and concert platforms, Mary Bevan is a winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist award and UK Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent in music.

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  • Bevan begins the 2016/17 season by returning to the English National Opera as Zerlina in Richard Jones’ new production of Mozart Don Giovanni, under Mark Wigglesworth. She will also headline a tour of Asia with Harry Bicket and The English Concert, as part of the Shakespeare 400 celebrations, and sing Bach with the Academy of Ancient Music and Gabrieli Consort. Bevan makes her role debut as Merab in Barrie Kosky’s production of Handel Saul this season for the Adelaide Festival, and will perform Richard Ayres’ In the Alps with Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra. In recital she will appear with the Myrthen Ensemble at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musée d’Orsay, and Wigmore Hall, and will also record a solo album with accompanist Joseph Middleton for Signum.


    Recent operatic highlights include Elvira in Rossini L’italiana in Algeri at Garsington Opera, the title role in Rossi Orpheus for the Royal Opera House at the Sam Wanamaker Theatre, as well as Bevan’s critically acclaimed Susanna The Marriage of Figaro, Despina Così fan tutte, and Yum-Yum The Mikado at English National Opera. Previously she has also sung Music / Euridice in Monteverdi L’Orfeo with the Royal Opera House at the Roundhouse, Belinda Dido and Aeneas with Harry Bicket and The English Concert, Galatea Acis and Galatea for Iford Arts under Christian Curnyn, Zerlina Don Giovanni for Garsington Opera, and Pamina Die Zauberflöte for West Green House. She also created the role of Lila in the world premiere of David Bruce’s The Firework Maker’s Daughter co-commissioned by The Opera Group, Opera North and Royal Opera House. As a Harewood Artist at the ENO, her appearances included Second Niece Peter Grimes, Papagena The Magic Flute, Barbarina The Marriage of Figaro and Rebecca in the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.


    Much in demand on the concert platform, Mary Bevan recently performed Silandra in Cesti Orontea with La Nuova Musica, Bellezza Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno and Bach Cantatas with Dunedin Consort, baroque programmes with the Academy of Ancient Music and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, a Handel Residency week with Emmanuelle Haïm at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Bach Magnificat with the Britten Sinfonia, Bach St John Passion with the King’s College Choir, Cambridge, Mozart Requiem with the English Chamber Orchestra, Fauré Requiem with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Orquestra Sinfonica de Sevilla, and Mozart Coronation Mass with Southbank Sinfonia. Other orchestral repertoire includes Mendelssohn Symphony No.2 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Britten Les Illuminations with the English Chamber Orchestra, Handel Messiah with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and English Chamber Orchestra; Bach B minor Mass with Ludus Baroque, Bach St Matthew Passion, Handel Israel in Egypt, and a staged version of Haydn Creation with Vocal Futures. She has also appeared at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival and Spitalfields Festival. In recital Bevan has sung at the Wigmore Hall, Oxford Lieder Festival, Leeds Lieder Festival, Danube Music Festival, St John’s Smith Square and Rhinegold LIVE.


    Bevan can be heard in such recent recordings as Handel in Italy with London Early Opera for Signum Records, Handel The Triumph of Time and Truth and Ode for St Cecilia’s Day with Ludus Baroque for Delphian Records, Ludwig Thuille songs with Joseph Middleton, Bach Christmas Oratorio with Dunedin Consort, Vaughan Williams songs for Albion Records, and Mendelssohn complete songs with Malcolm Martineau for Champs Hill Records. She also appeared in David Starkey’s Music & Monarchy on BBC4.


    Bevan trained at the Royal Academy Opera, and read Anglo-Saxon Norse and Celtic at Trinity College, Cambridge. She is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

    2016-17 season / 645 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Season highlights

Zerlina Don Giovanni
English National Opera (new Richard Jones production)


Shakespeare in love Asian tour
The English Concert


Merab Saul
Adelaide Festival


Bach Masses
Academy of Ancient Music and Gabrieli Consort


Richard Ayres ‘in the Alps’
Aurora Orchestra

Opera repertoire

Arne
Venus Alfred
Pallas The Judgement of Paris
Emma King Alfred


Bizet
Frasquita Carmen


Britten
Emmie Albert Herring
Nieces Peter Grimes
Governess Turn of the Screw*


Bruce, D
Lila The Firework Maker’s Daughter


Gilbert & Sullivan
Yum-Yum The Mikado
Kate Yeomen of the Guard


Handel
Iris Semele
Galatea Acis and Galatea
Merab Saul 


Humperdinck
Gretel Hansel und Gretel*


Monteverdi
La Musica / Euridice L’Orfeo


Mozart
Pamina / Papagena Die Zauberflöte
Despina Così fan tutte
Zerlina Don Giovanni
Tamiri Il re pastore
Susanna / Barbarina / Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro
Gerechtigkeit Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots
Servilia La clemenza di Tito


Muhly, N
Rebecca Two Boys


Offenbach
Venus Orpheus in the Underworld


Puccini
Musetta La bohème*


Purcell
First Witch / Belinda Dido and Aeneas
Fairy Queen


Rossi
Title role Orpheus 


Rossini
Elvira L'Italiana in Algeri 


Vivaldi
Arpago L’incoronazione di Dario


*In preparation 

Concert repertoire

Alwyn, W
Midsummer Night


Bach
Cantatas
Christmas Oratorio
St John Passion
St Matthew Passion
Magnificat
Mass in B Minor


Berlioz
Les nuits d'été


Bizet
Te Deum


Brahms
Ein deutsches Requiem


Britten
Les Illuminations
Our Hunting Fathers
Rejoice the Lamb


Canteloube
Chants d'Auvergne


Delius
A Late Lark


Dutilleux
Correspondances


Dvořák
Te Deum


Fauré
Requiem


Gounod
St Cecilia Mass


Hadley, P
Fen and Flood


Handel
Dixit Dominus
Apollo e Dafne
The Triumph of Time and Truth
Israel in Egypt
Messiah
Ode on St Cecilia’s Day
Saul
Samson
Jephtha


Haydn
The Creation
Nelson Mass
The Seasons
St Paul
Theresienmesse
Paukenmess


Janáček
Diary of One who Disappeared


Lutoslawski
Chantefleurs et Chantefables


Macmillan
Seven Last Word from the Cross


Mendelssohn
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Symphony No. 2
St Paul
Elijah


Messiaen
La Mort du Nombre


Monteverdi
Vespers


Mozart
Mass in C Minor
Requiem
Ch'io mi scordi di te?
Vespers


Orff, C
Carmina Burana


Poulenc
Gloria


Pergolesi
Stabat Mater


Ravel
Shéhérazade


Rodrigo, J
Cuatro madrigales amatorios


Rutter
Requiem
Mass for the Children


Schubert
Rosamunde


Strauss
Selection of Orchestral Songs
Wiegenlied


Stravinksy
Pulcinella


Vaughan Williams
Symphony No. 3 

Sample recital programmes

1. The Stages of Love


Infatuation
Wolf Andenken 
Wolf O wär dein Haus (from Italienisches Liederbuch) 
Schönberg Schenk mir deinen Goldenen Kamm
Quilter Love’s Philosophy 


Flirtation
Strauss Ständchen (Sechs Lieder, Op. 2, no. 2)
Wolf Du denkst mit einem Fädchen 
Mendelssohn Hüt du dich 


Consummation
Debussy C’est l’extase langoureuse (from Ariettes Oublieés)
Charpentier La mort des Amants 
Mozart An Chloë 


Life Together
Schumann Du Ring am meinem Finger (from Frauenliebe und –Leben)
Gurney All night under the Moon
Fauré Notre Amour
Wolf Schweig einmal still
Wolf Wie lange schon (from Italienisches Liederbuch) 


Parting and Death
Schubert Erster Verlust
Britten Salley Gardens
Wolf Mir ward gesagt
Schumann Requiem 


2. Mayhem and Madness


Purcell/Britten Mad Bess
Walton Old Sir Faulk
Walton Through Gilded Trellises (from Façade)
Wolf Elfenlied
Mendelssohn Hexenlied
Monteverdi Lamento della Ninfa
Schubert Der Doppelgänger
Strauss Drei Lieder der Ophelia
Weir Lady Isobel and the Elf Knight (from Scotch Minstrelsy)
Liza Lehmann There are Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden (Encore)

Mary Bevan’s is the vocal adornment of the evening.

Guardian

... Mary Bevan’s bewitching Susanna. It was entirely appropriate that the first night should conclude with Bevan receiving this year’s Exceptional Young Talent award from the Critics’ Circle, because the perfection of her singing is allied to a natural dramatic gift.

Independent

Mary Bevan was a beautifully expressive La Musica, creating a real sense of the recitar cantando which combined Paterson's poetic translation and Monteverdi's music with powerful fluidity and naturalness.

Planet Hugill

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Martha Hartman
Associate Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9921
mhartman@intermusica.co.uk

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