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Mary Bevan

Soprano

  • Praised by Opera for her “dramatic wit and vocal control”, British soprano Mary Bevan is internationally renowned in baroque, classical and contemporary repertoire, and appears regularly with leading conductors, orchestras and ensembles around the world. She is a winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist award and UK Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent in music and was awarded a MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2019. 

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  • In the 2019/20 season, Bevan makes her role debut as Eurydice in a new production of Orpheus in the Underworld for English National Opera, performs Sifare in Mozart Mitridate for Garsington Opera, reprises the role of Rose Maurrant in Weill Street Scene for Opera de Monte Carlo, and tours as Diana Iphigenie en Tauride with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. On the concert platform, Bevan will appear this season with The Hallé, The Handel and Haydn Society, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the CBSO and the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla. 


    Recent operatic highlights for Bevan include her Royal Danish Opera debut as Bellezza Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, Rose Maurrant Street Scene at the Teatro Real, Madrid, the title role in Turnage’s new opera Coraline for the Royal Opera at the Barbican, Zerlina Don Giovanni for English National Opera, and Merab Saul for the Adelaide Festival. At the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Bevan created the role of Lila in David Bruce The Firework-Maker’s Daughter, and also performed the roles of Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro and the title role in Rossi Orpheus at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.


    On the concert platform, recent highlights include appearences with the BBC Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra at the Proms, and with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the CBSO in the world premiere of Roxanna Panufnik’s Faithful Journey. She joined the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as Mary in Sally Beamish The Judas Passion; performed 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. She also headlined a tour of Asia with The English Concert and Harry Bicket and made her Carnegie Hall debut with the ensemble as Dalinda in Handel Ariodante. In 2020 she will make her debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.


    Bevan’s discography includes her art song album Voyages with pianist Joseph Middleton and Handel's Queens with London Early Opera, both released by Signum Records, Mendelssohn songs for Champs Hill Records, Handel: The Triumph of Time and Truth and Handel: Ode for St Cecilia’s Day with Ludus Baroque, and Vaughan Williams Symphony No.3 and Schubert Rosamunde with the BBC Philharmonic. In autumn 2019 Signum will release her second disc with Joseph Middleton including Lieder by Schubert, Haydn and Wolf.

    2019/20 season, 475 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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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
Michal / 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)

“Bevan gives a terrific performance in the title role, assertive, lyrical and superbly acted”

Guardian

"Mary Bevan was simply spectacular"

Classical source

"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

Intermusica represents Mary Bevan worldwide

Eleanor Freedman
Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9907
efreedman@intermusica.co.uk

Rozemarijn Tiben
Associate Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9921
rtiben@intermusica.co.uk

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Clarinet

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Chansonnier

HK Gruber

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles