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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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  • In the 2017/18 season, Bevan debuts at the Teatro Real in Madrid as Rose Maurrant in Weill’s Street Scene, and sings the title role in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new opera Coraline for the Royal Opera House at the Barbican Theatre. In concert, Bevan will join the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as Mary in Sally Beamish’s The Judas Passion in the UK and on tour in the United States; sing Bach Christmas Oratorio on tour in Australia with the Choir of London and Australian Chamber Orchestra; and Handel Messiah with the Academy of Ancient Music.


    Bevan recently garnered praise for her return to the English National Opera as Zerlina in Richard Jones’ new production of Don Giovanni under Mark Wigglesworth, as well as for her debut as Merab in Barrie Kosky’s production of Handel Saul for the Adelaide Festival. She made her Royal Opera House debut creating the role of Lila in David Bruce’s The Firework-Maker’s Daughter, (world premiere and co-commission with The Opera Group and Opera North) in the Linbury Studio Theatre in 2013, and has since returned to The Royal Opera as Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro on the main stage, Euridice Orfeo at the Roundhouse and the title role in Rossi’s Orpheus at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe. Other operatic highlights include her critically acclaimed Susanna The Marriage of Figaro, Despina Così fan tutte and Yum-Yum The Mikado at English National Opera, Elvira in Rossini L’italiana in Algeri for Garsington Opera, and Belinda Dido and Aeneas with Harry Bicket and The English Concert.


    On the concert platform, Bevan recently headlined a tour of Asia with The English Concert and Harry Bicket, and subsequently made her Carnegie Hall debut with the ensemble in spring 2017 as Dalinda in Handel Ariodante as part of a tour of the United States and Europe, including performances at the Kennedy Center, Theater an der Wien, Elbphilharmonie, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and at the Barbican. Bevan has performed Richard Ayres’ In the Alps with Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra, Silandra in Cesti Orontea with La Nuova Musica, a Handel Residency week with Emmanuelle Haïm at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Bach Magnificat with the Britten Sinfonia, 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. In recital Bevan has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Oxford Lieder Festival, Leeds Lieder Festival, Danube Music Festival, St John’s Smith Square, Musée d’Orsay Paris, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Rhinegold LIVE.


    Bevan can be heard in such recent recordings as Handel in Italy with London Early Opera (Signum), Handel The Triumph of Time and Truth and Ode for St Cecilia’s Day with Ludus Baroque (Delphian), Ludwig Thuille songs with Joseph Middleton, and Mendelssohn complete songs with Malcolm Martineau (Champs Hill). Her solo disc with pianist Joseph Middleton is due for release in 2017.


    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.

    2017-18 season / 549 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Season highlights

Rose Maurrant Street Scene
Teatro Real (house debut)


title role Coraline
Royal Opera House at the Barbican Theatre


Mary in Beamish’s The Judas Passion
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment


Bach Christmas Oratorio
Choir of London and Australian Chamber Orchestra


Handel Messiah
Academy of Ancient Music

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


Donizetti
Adina L'elisir d'amore*


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
Lauretta Gianni Schicchi* 


Purcell
Dido Dido and Aeneas
Fairy Queen


Rossi
Title role Orpheus 


Rossini
Elvira L'Italiana in Algeri 


Stravinsky
Anne Trulove The Rake's Progress* 


Verdi
Nannetta Falstaff*


Weill
Rose Maurrant Street Scene* 


*In preparation 

Concert repertoire

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 Words 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 (1st and 2nd Sop)
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. L'invitation au voyage - The Power of the Poet: Baudelaire and Goethe


Duparc: L'invitation au voyage (Baudelaire)
Chabrier: L'invitation au voyage
Fauré: Chant d’automne
Hymne
La rançon
Hillemacher: L’ invitation au voyage


Duparc: Romance de Mignon (Goethe)
Schubert: Nur wer die sehnsucht kennt
Heiss mich nicht reden
So Lasst mich scheinen
Kennst du das Land?


de Séverac: Les hiboux (Baudelaire)
Chausson: L’albatros
de Bréville: Harmonie du soir
Debussy: Le balcon
Harmonie du soir
Le jet d’eau
Recueillement
La mort des amants
Duparc: La vie antérieure


2. 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 


3. 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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Rachel Walters
Senior Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9903
rwalters@intermusica.co.uk

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

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