Mary Bevan trained at the Royal Academy Opera, and read Anglo-Saxon Norse and Celtic at Trinity College, Cambridge. While at the RAM, she was the winner of the prestigious Richard Lewis award, was a member of the Royal Academy Song Circle, the soprano soloist for the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series and the recipient of various other awards and prizes. She is currently a Harewood Artist at the English National Opera.
Highlights in 12/13 season included the world premiere of David Bruce’s The Firework Maker’s Daughter co-commissioned by The Opera Group, Opera North and ROH2, Yum-Yum The Mikado at ENO, Galatea Acis and Galatea for Iford Arts under Christian Curnyn, Purcell odes at the Lufthansa Festival, Messiah with the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union and Royal Choral Soceity, and Bach B minor Mass for Ludus Baroque.
Other operatic highlights include Barbarina The Marriage of Figaro and Rebecca in the world premiere of Two Boys by Nico Muhly at the ENO, Barbarina, Zerlina Don Giovanni and Pamina Die Zauberflöte for Garsington Opera. Mary was an Associate Artist of the Classical Opera, with whom she has sung Tamiri Il re pastore, Thomas Arne’s Alfred and Handel’s Apollo e Daphne. At the RAM she sang Iris Semele under Sir Charles Mackerras, Despina Cosi fan tutte and Emmie Albert Herring.
Well in demand on the concert platform, Mary Bevan recently made her debuts at the Edinburgh International Festival in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Sir Roger Norrington, and at the BBC Proms as Kate in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Yeomen of the Guard with the BBC Concert Orchestra under Jane Glover. Other recent highlights include Bach St Matthew Passion, Handel Israel in Egypt, and Haydn Nelson Mass with the Hanover Band, St John Passion at the Spitalfields Festival, Messiah and Britten Les Illuminations with the English Chamber Orchestra. A dedicated recitalist, she has appeared at the Oxford Lieder Festival and the Wigmore Hal.
She has recorderded Deceit The Triumph of Time and Truth and Handel Ode on St Cecilia’s Day with Ludus Baroque, Vaughan William Symphony No.3 and Schubert Rosamunde with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under Paul Daniel, Hadley Fen and Flood with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Handel in the Playhouse, a selection of Handel duets and songs with L’Avventura London for Opella Nova Records and most recently a selection of Ludwig Thuille songs for Champs Hill Records.
Current and future engagements in the 2013/14 season include Mary Bevan’s debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro and her return to the Wigmore Hall to sing the role of Gerechtigkeit in Mozart Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots with Classical Opera. At ENO she will appear as Papagena, Second Niece Peter Grimes and Despina Così fan tutte. She will also sing in a staged version of Haydn’s Creation with Vocal Futures, Messiah with English Concert, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the Prague Philharmonia and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 with the City of Birmingham Symhpony Orchestra.
Mary Bevan is represented by Intermusica worldwide.
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