Mary Bevan releases debut solo album, Voyages, on Signum Classics
Mary Bevan releases her debut solo album, Voyages, on 10 November 2017, a collaboration with pianist Joseph Middleton for Signum Classics. Bevan and Middleton have created a programme of songs set to poems by Baudelaire and Goethe, including settings by Debussy, Duparc, Chabrier, de Bréville, Séverac, Fauré and Schubert.
Last season Bevan made her Carnegie Hall debut in Ariodante with The English Concert, and also appeared at the Theater an der Wien, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Barbican, Musée d'Orsay, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and at the Adelaide Festival. This season Bevan appears in Sally Beamish’s world premiere of The Judas Passion for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and for the Philharmonia Baroque in California, debuts at Madrid’s Teatro Real 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 at the Barbican.
Nine Intermusica artists nominated at the 40th Gramophone Awards
Nine Intermusica artists have been nominated for Gramophone Awards this year across a range of categories. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 13 September, which will be live streamed on Medici.tv. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Gramophone Awards.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner is nominated in the Baroque Vocal category for his recording of Bach St Matthew Passion with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists. Gramophone described the recording as "a memorable and moving St Matthew... What really makes this one special, however, is its emotional integrity."
James Ehnes is nominated alongside his colleagues in the Ehnes Quartet in the Chamber category for their recording of Schubert String Quartet No.14 'Death and the Maiden' and Sibelius Intimate Voices. Gramophone commented that "[the] pairing of these two quartets is a stroke of programming genius... I never would have thought of putting these two works together, but in this group’s hands it has resulted in something wonderful."
Paul McCreesh's new recording of Haydn's The Seasons made with the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra and Gabrieli Consort and Players is nominated in the Choral category. McCreesh previously received a Gramophone award for his 2006 recording of Haydn's The Creation. In their review, Gramophone wrote that "McCreesh and his massed Anglo-Polish forces have given us a Seasons that thrillingly catches both the work’s bucolic exhilaration and its invocations of the sublime. And for sheer sonic splendour it’s in a class of its own."
Sir James MacMillan's Stabat Mater, recorded by Harry Christophers and the Sixteen, is nominated in the Contemporary category. Gramophone's review concluded that "Posterity might well judge this to be a 21st-century masterpiece; there is no question that this is a truly masterly recorded performance."
Also nominated in the Contemporary category is Renaud Capuçon, whose disc of three 21st century violin concertos has also been shortlisted. The three concertos, all written for Capuçon, were recorded with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and Gramophone praised Capuçon’s "probing playing [and] his welcome advocacy".
Daniil Trifonov is nominated in the Instrumental category for Transcendental, his recording of Liszt's works for solo piano. Gramophone praised the recording as a "triumph", commenting that "every decent record collection should have at least one version of all four sets of these studies. It is quite a feat for a single pianist to deliver what are, in effect, top-of-the-pile performances of almost all of the 23 separate titles – but that is what Trifonov offers."
Leo Hussain is nominated in the Opera category for Opus Arté's DVD of the revival of Fiona Shaw's Glyndebourne production of Britten The Rape of Lucretia. Gramophone singled him out for his "lyrical yet incisive" approach, writing that "conductor Leo Hussain gets finely detailed playing from his LPO instrumentalists, with every flicker of colour speaking volumes."
Roger Vignoles is nominated in the Solo Vocal category alongisde baritone Florian Boesch for their recording of Krenek's cycle Reisebuch aus den österreichischen Alpen. Vignoles was praised by Gramophone for his playing of "great control, refinement and subtlety", while the recording itself was proclaimed "an outstanding achievement."
Mary Bevan joined tenor Allan Clayton for his album Where'er You Walk, a collection of arias Handel composed for tenor John Beard, which is nominated in the Recital category. Bevan sings on 'As steals the morn', which Gramophone described as an "added bonus... it's a very attractive package."
Mary Bevan makes her Carnegie Hall debut
Having recently returned from a critically-acclaimed run as Merab in Handel’s Saul at the Adelaide Festival, Mary Bevan makes her Carnegie hall debut on Sunday 30 April in another Handel masterpiece. This time she takes to the stage with The English Concert, conducted by Harry Bicket, as Dalinda in Ariodante alongside Joyce di Donato in the title role. This Ariodante is part of an eight-city tour of the United States and Europe, including performances at Washington’s Kennedy Centre, Vienna’s Theater an der Wien, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and at London’s Barbican on 16 May 2017.
Bevan recently performed a recital of Schubert with the Myrthen Ensemble at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. The ensemble will come together again for a lunchtime recital at London’s Wigmore Hall on 6 May 2017.
She is particularly in demand in Baroque and contemporary repertoire. Next season sees her perform Handel’s Messiah with the Academy of Ancient Music, conducted by Richard Egarr at London’s Barbican; tour Europe in concerts of Semele with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Ivor Bolton; return to the Teatro Real Madrid as Rose Maurrant in Street Scene by Kurt Weill and make further appearances with the Royal Opera House London and in Australia.
Christopher Purves & Mary Bevan star in Saul at the Adelaide Festival
Christopher Purves and Mary Bevan travel to Australia this month to star in Handel Saul at the Adelaide Festival from 3 March 2017. The performances mark the Australian premiere of Barrie Kosky’s acclaimed production, which debuted at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2015.
Purves sang the title role during the Glyndebourne run and reprises the role in Adelaide. His performances as Saul at Glyndebourne were universally praised:
"Christopher Purves’s magnificently insecure, vindictive and snarling Saul gets madder and madder... commanding presence..."
Times, July 2015
"And what Purves does with his part is extraordinary: by turns pathetic, murderous, and ridiculous, he becomes the real subject of the drama, but rather than being gawpers in Bedlam we are brought to an infinitely more compassionate place."
Independent, five stars, July 2015
Bevan meanwhile makes her role debut as Merab and reunites with Purves following their recent performances together in Richard Jones' new production of Don Giovanni at English National Opera. Her other highlights this season also include a tour of Asia with the English Concert and Harry Bicket, as well as concerts with the Academy of Ancient Music.
Saul runs at the Adelaide Festival until 9 March.
Intermusica tours Shakespeare in Love with the English Concert, Tim Mead & Mary Bevan to Hong Kong & China
Complimenting the Halle’s China tour of orchestral works inspired by Shakespeare in July this year, Intermusica continues to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death by touring the English Concert under Harry Bicket to Hong Kong and China from 11 December 2016.
The tour is a unique musical project showcasing Shakespeare’s influence on baroque repertoire. Featuring the soprano Mary Bevan and counter-tenor Tim Mead, the programme for the concerts includes vocal and instrumental works by Purcell, Arne, Locke and Handel, who were all inspired by plays including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Cymbeline and Julius Caesar.
Entitled ‘Shakespeare in Love’, the concept was jointly created by Intermusica and the English Concert specifically for the Asia market and is another example of how Intermusica closely collaborates with orchestras and ensembles to design and deliver pioneering tours with strong artistic integrity. The tour visits Hong Kong’s City Hall alongside the ensemble’s debuts in the Qintai Concert Hall Wuhan, Shanghai’s Grand Theatre and the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing.
11 December: City Hall, Hong Kong
13 December: Qintai Concert Hall, Wuhan
15 December: Grand Theatre, Shanghai
17 December: NCPA, Beijing
Susanna Hurrell, Susan Bickley & Mary Bevan open Bach Festival Lausanne with The English Concert
Susanna Hurrell, Susan Bickley and Mary Bevan join The English Concert in Switzerland on 30 October 2016 for the opening concert of the Bach Festival Lausanne.
Hurrell, Bickley and Bevan join the ensemble for a performanceof Purcell Dido and Aeneas with Hurrell in the title role opposite baritone David Stout. Bickley takes the role of the Sorceress and Bevan sings Belinda.
Further highlights for Hurrell include her debut at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and a return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. This season Bickley sings in Barrie Kosky's acclaimed new production of Shostakovich The Nose and returns to English National Opera for the world premiere of Ryan Wigglesworth The Winter's Tale. Bevan began the season as Zerlina in English National Opera's new production of Don Giovanni and rejoins The English Concert in December for a tour of Asia alongside Tim Mead.
Christopher Purves & Mary Bevan star in Don Giovanni at English National Opera conducted by Mark Wigglesworth
Christopher Purves stars in the title role of Mozart Don Giovanni alongside Mary Bevan as Zerlina under the baton of Mark Wigglesworth in Richard Jones' new production for English National Opera, which opens on 30 September 2016.
Purves spent this summer singing the role of Forester in Janacek The Cunning Little Vixen at Glyndebourne, a role that prompted the Guardian to comment:
“Christopher Purves, who in his closing hymn to nature, secures his position as one of our finest British baritones.”
Later this season Purves returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in the role of Protector in George Benjamin Written on Skin. The role has recently garnered Purves considerable acclaim throughout Europe and North America.
Previously a Harewood Young Artist, soprano Mary Bevan returns to the ENO after last season’s success as Yum-Yum in The Mikado. This summer she also appeared at Garsington Opera as Elvira in Rossini L’Italiana in Algeri, and later this season headlines a concert tour to Asia alongside Tim Mead with Harry Bicket and The English Concert.
Mark Wigglesworth returns to English National Opera following several triumphant performances last season, which included critically acclaimed interpretations of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, The Force of Destiny, The Magic Flute and Jenufa:
"The opera’s passion and compassion burn fiercely yet lingeringly: this is an interpretation that seeps under your skin rather than hits you in the solar plexus and is unquestionably all the more powerful for it."
"Thanks to Mark Wigglesworth and a glowing ENO orchestra... it’s a true company achievement, and a life-enhancing, gloriously creative example of what opera in the 21st-century West End can be."
Spectator (The Magic Flute)
“Mark Wigglesworth, in conjunction with his superb choral and orchestral forces, contributes hugely to the compulsive effect of the drama.”
Five Stars, Evening Standard (The Force of Destiny)
"Mark Wigglesworth conducts them in a masterly interpretation marked by extreme contrasts between silken sensuous pianissimi and boilingly thunderous fortissimi. The playing is as good as anything in London."
Daily Telegraph (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk).
Don Giovanni runs until 26 October at the London Coliseum. Click here to read more about the production, including an interview with Purves and Jones.
Mary Bevan makes role debut as Elvira in L'Italiana in Algeri for Garsington Opera
Soprano Mary Bevan makes her role debut as Elvira in Rossini l’Italiana in Algeri at Garsington Opera, opening 4 June 2016. The production is directed by Will Tuckett and conducted by David Parry. This summer is a busy one for Bevan, with recitals at the Danube Festival and Cheltenham Festival in July, as well as a performance in the title role of Purcell Dido and Aeneas at the Milton Abbey Festival. In September, she returns to the English National Opera as Zerlina in their new production of Mozart Don Giovanni alongside Christopher Purves in the title role.
Bevan has most recently garnered praise for her performance as Silandra in Cesti Orontea:
“Mary Bevan was in luminous voice as Silandra.”
“Bevan showed dramatic wit and vocal control, the occasional elaborate ornamentation employed to convey Silandra’s capriciousness.”
L'Italiana in Algeri runs from 4 June to 10 July.
Intermusica leads eight major Asia tours in 2016
Intermusica will take eight world-class ensembles to Asia in 2016 in a year of ground-breaking firsts. Watch our video below to find out more.
Academy of Ancient Music
- Conducted by Richard Egarr
- First British orchestra to play in Prince Mahidol Hall, Bangkok
- Marking 275th anniversary of Vivaldi’s death
Budapest Festival Orchestra
- Conducted by Iván Fischer with soloist Ning Feng
- BFO’s debut in Xi’an, the ancient capital of China
- Chinese premiere of Dutilleux’s L’arbre des songes
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
- Choir’s debut in Nanjing and Tianjin and fourth Intermusica tour to China
- Opening Beijing NCPA’s International Chorus Festival
Colin Currie Group
- Group's Macau debut
- Celebrating Steve Reich’s 80th birthday year
- Debut of Steve Reich's music at Macu International Music Festival
- Conducted by Sir Mark Elder
- Hallé's debut in Wuhan and Shanghai
- First British orchestra to collaborate with Chinese choruses in the Chinese premiere of William Walton’s Henry V
- Conducted by Andrew Manze
- UNESCO World Cities of Music collaboration with Tongyeong
- Sir Andras Schiff’s debut concerto tour of China
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
- Conducted by Osmo Vänskä with soloist Renaud Capuçon
- OSR's debut in India
The English Concert
- With soloists Tim Mead and Mary Bevan
- ‘Shakespeare in Love’: a concept designed by Intermusica in collaboration with The English Concert to celebrate Shakespeare 400
- The English Concert’s debut in Wuhan, Shanghai and Beijing
Mary Bevan and Ben Johnson perform in Wigmore Hall's Schubert Song Series
Mary Bevan and Ben Johnson join pianist Graham Johnson for a recital in Wigmore Hall's ongoing Schubert Song Series on 16 February 2015. Bevan and Johnson perform alongside tenor Robin Tritschler and baritone Marcus Farnsworth for this programme of Schubert’s settings of verse by Ossian (Scottish poet James Macpherson.)
Johnson sings the role of Eisenstein this summer in Strauss Die Fledermaus for Opera Holland Park opposite fellow Intermusica artist Susanna Hurrell as Rosalinde. He has most recently been seen as Lysander in Bergen National Opera’s production of Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in concert with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, and Choir of Kings College, Cambridge.
Mary Bevan has recently starred as Yum-Yum in Jonathan Miller's popular production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado at English National Opera, and also starred in the title role of Rossi Orpheus for the Royal Opera at the Sam Wannamaker Theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe. This spring she can be seen in concert with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orquestra Sinfonica de Sevilla and Academy of Ancient Music, and this summer stars as Elvira in Rossini L’Italiana in Algeri for Garsington Opera.
Mary Bevan joins La Nuova Musica for Cesti's Orontea
Mary Bevan joins La Nuova Musica on 14 December 2015 for a performance of Cesti’s Orontea at Wigmore Hall in London. Bevan takes the role of Silandra alongside Anna Stephany in the title role and Jonathan McGovern as Alidoro under the baton of David Bates. The comedic Orontea received its premiere in Innsbruck in 1656 and became one of the most popular operas of the seventeenth century, although it was not heard in the UK until 1969.
This is a busy season for Bevan, who has recently starred in the title role of Rossi Orpheus for the Royal Opera House at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, as well as in English National Opera’s revival of The Mikado, as Yum-Yum. This month she also sings Handel’s Messiah with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, as well as with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Later this season she also appears as Elvira in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri at Garsington Opera.
Click here to find out more about Orontea.
Anthony Gregory and Mary Bevan return to English National Opera for the Mikado
Anthony Gregory and Mary Bevan return to English National Opera to play the lovers Yum-Yum and Nanki-Poo in Jonathan Miller's legendary production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado on the 21 November 2015.
Anthony Gregory comes fresh from his house debut at Teatro Real, Madrid as Oronte in David Alden’s production of Alcina, conducted by Christopher Moulds.
"Anthony Gregory is a touchingly dignified Oronte (a sublime 'Un momento di contento'!) in the nods to Fifty Shades that Katy Mitchell made him play in his tortuous relationship with Morgana."
Res Musica, July 2015
Further season highlights for Gregory include his company debut at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon as Pylade Iphigenie en Tauride and his North American debut in Omaha as Jupiter in Semele followed by Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Glyndebourne Festival.
Soprano Mary Bevan reprises the role of Yum-Yum, which she sang to critical acclaim for ENO in 2012. Earlier this season, Bevan made her role debut in the title role of Luigi Rossi’s Orpheus for the Royal Opera House at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Later this season she can be seen as Elvira in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri at Garsington Opera, as well as in concerts with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Philharmonic, and at Wigmore Hall.
“...other classy performances... Mary Bevan sings Yum-Yum immaculately and with a knowing self-regard that retains a charmingly innocent surface”.
Guardian, December 2012
The Mikado runs till 6 December with further performances 30 January and 6 February.
Mary Bevan sings title role of Rossi's Orpheus for the Royal Opera House
Mary Bevan sings the title role in Luigi Rossi’s Orpheus at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse this month, a co-production between the Royal Opera House and Shakespeare’s Globe. The production builds on the success of last season’s L’Ormindo, which also appeared in the candlelit Wanamaker Playhouse. In a new English translation by Christopher Cowell, Orpheus is directed by Keith Warner, and the Orchestra of Early Opera Company provide orchestral accompinement under the baton of Christian Curnyn. Bevan stars opposite Louise Alder as Eurydice, Verena Gunz as Nurse, Caitlin Hulcup as Aristeus, and Sky Ingram as Venus.
Later in the season, Bevan reprises the role of Yum-Yum in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado at English National Opera, appears in concert with La Nuova Musica, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and also in recital at Wigmore Hall.
Intermusica artists perform at the Buxton Festival
Susan Bickley appears in two productions at the Buxton Festival this summer. The first, Charpentier’s Louise, features Bickley as Mère, opposite Michael Druiett, Adrian Dwyer, and Madeleine Pierard. These concert performances on 16, 19, and 23 July 2015 are conducted by Buxton Festival Music Director Stephen Barlow.
Bickley also sings the role of Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, a co-production between The English Concert and Bristol Old Vic. Joining Bickley in the cast are Mary Bevan as Belinda, David Stout as Aeneas, and Pumeza Matshikiza as Dido. This semi-staged, candle-lit production has been directed by Tom Morris and John Retallack, and is performed on 13 and 20 July.
Ben Johnson also appears at the festival this month, making his role debut as Carlo in Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco on 11 July 2015. Johnson stars opposite Kate Ladner, Devid Cecconi, and Graeme Danby in a production conducted by Stuart Stratford. Johnson has previously received high praise for his interpretation of Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata, of which one critic remarked that “this was one of the most beautifully crafted accounts of the role of Alfredo that I have heard” (Planet Hugill). Giovanna d’Arco runs until 24th July at the Buxton Opera House.
Susanna Hurrell & Mary Bevan in Dido and Aeneas with English Concert
Susanna Hurrell stars as Dido and Mary Bevan as Belinda in the English Concert's performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas on 27 May at Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden. Oliver award-winning director John Retallack directs this revival of his acclaimed production from the Bristol Old Vic.
Sopranos Hurrell and Bevan are becoming renowned for their work in the baroque repertoire. They recently appeared together in the Royal Opera House / Roundhouse co-production of Monteverdi Orfeo, and both have gone on to star in other major Royal Opera House productions: Hurrell garnered critical praise for her performances as Erisbe in Cavalli L’Ormindo in February, and Bevan is set to sing the title role in the upcoming production of Rossi Orfeo this autumn.
The performance of Dido and Aeneas takes place at Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden on 27 May, conducted by Harry Bicket. Bevan sings in two additional performances at the Buxton Festival in July.
Mary Bevan, Colin Currie & Marin Alsop: winners at RPS Music Awards
Mary Bevan and Colin Currie have won RPS Music Awards in the Young Artist and Instrumentalist categories respectively, while Marin Alsop’s Britten War Requiem project at the Southbank Centre has won the Learning and Participation category. They were awarded the prizes, for achievement in the UK during 2014, at a ceremony on 5 May in London where Currie also performed a short marimba solo.
Colin Currie was the focus of the Metal Wood Skin percussion festival at the Southbank Centre from autumn 2014, which saw him perform premieres by Reich, Andriessen, Clyne and MacMillan and lead a variety of education events. The festival received acclaim from the press, the Financial Times praising it for “cutting-edge atmosphere, contemporary works, young audiences.” Currie also launched a new solo recital programme in 2014 at the Wigmore Hall and Sound Festival Aberdeen, including a commission by Rolf Wallin, and his other UK performances included with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Mary Bevan’s 2014 began with Peter Grimes in January at English National Opera, followed by La clemenza di Tito with Classical Opera and Despina in Cosi fan tutte at ENO. In October she triumphed as Susanna in Mozart The Marriage of Figaro, also for ENO, prompting the Times to comment “her Susanna is gloriously acted and stylishly sung: a real coming-of-age” (Times, October 2014). Bevan has also been continually featured on the concert platform, singing with orchestras including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Britten Sinfonia.
Britten War Requiem, a project staged by Marin Alsop and Southbank Centre in November 2014, commemorated the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War and involved students from the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and Southbank Voicelab Children’s Choir. Soloists Ben Johnson and Natalia Tanasii also featured in the performance. Eight students from Lilian Baylis School Technology school went on journey to uncover this masterpiece, find out why Britten wrote it and explore the themes of the piece through three chapters: War, Words and Music. Watch the full performance and links to other related videos here.”
Awards in 13 categories are chosen by eminent independent juries from the music profession and are unique in the breadth of musical achievement they span – from performers, composers and inspirational arts organisations to learning, participation and engagement. The list of winners since 1989 reads as a roll call of the finest living musicians.
Mary Bevan performs a recital with Sholto Kynoch at Oxford Lieder
Mary Bevan gives a recital at Oxford Lieder on 11 April alongside pianist Sholto Kynoch. The duo will perform a programme exploring madness and the human mind titled ‘Songs of Mayhem and Madness’, featuring songs by Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Purcell, and Strauss.
Bevan has recently finished a successful run as Euridice in Monteverdi Orfeo at Roundhouse, and will sing Belinda in Purcell Dido and Aeneas with the English Concert later this season.
The recital will take place at Oxford’s Holywell Music Room on 11 April.
Mary Bevan joins Southbank Sinfonia for concert at St John's Smith Square
Mary Bevan performs with the Southbank Sinfonia at St John’s Smith Square on 24 March. The programme will include Schubert Mass in G, Mozart Coronation Mass, as well as Mozart Exsultate Jubilate and Laudate Dominum. Bevan will be joined by the Malcolm Sargent Festival Choir, mezzo-soprano Lilly Papaioannou, tenor David Webb, baritone Richard Latham, and organist Nicholas O’Neill for this concert conducted by Simon Over.
Bevan has recently been celebrated for her “marvellous” and “affecting” (Opera Now) performances as Music/Euridice in the Royal Opera House / Roundhouse co-production of Monteverdi Orfeo.
Susan Bickley, Mary Bevan, Susanna Hurrell & Anthony Gregory: Royal Opera House’s Orfeo
Susan Bickley and Mary Bevan join Susanna Hurrell and Anthony Gregory in the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden’s new production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo, to be presented at the Roundhouse in London on 13 January. Bevan sings the role of Euridice, Bickley sings Silvia, Gregory sings First Pastor and Hurrell will sing Nymph. Conducted by Christian Curnyn and featuring the Orchestra of the Early Opera Company, performances run until 24 January.
Mary Bevan returns to the Royal Opera after appearing to acclaim on the main stage as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro in 2013. Winner of the Critics’ Circle Exceptional Young Talent Award, Bevan was most recently praised for her “bewitching” Susanna with the English National Opera (Michael Church, Independent, October 2014).
A veteran of the Royal Opera House main stage, Susan Bickley most recently appeared as Virgie in Turnage Anna Nicole. Bickley joins Orfeo following a successful run as Herodias in Strauss Salome at Dallas Opera alongside Deborah Voigt.
Anthony Gregory will make his Royal Opera debut with Orfeo. Other season highlights include an “exquisitely sung” (Alexandra Coghlan, Spectator, October 2014) Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw at Glyndebourne, as well as appearances with Opera de Limoges and Aix en Provence Festival.
Directed by former Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Michael Boyd, this production of Orfeo follows the tremendously successful Royal Opera House and Roundhouse co-production of Cavalli L’Ormindo, presented in spring 2014, and featuring Susanna Hurrell.
Kitty Whately, Ben Johnson & Mary Bevan: Bach Magnificat with Britten Sinfonia at Barbican Hall
Kitty Whately, Ben Johnson and Mary Bevan sing Bach Magnificat with Britten Sinfonia and King’s College Choir at Barbican Hall on 6 December. The Christmas-themed concert will also include Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.2, Poulenc Quatre motets pour le temps de Noel and Respighi Lauda per la Nativita del Signore. Conducted by Stephen Cleobury, the performance will also feature soprano Lucy Crowe, counter-tenor James Laing, and bass Ashley Riches.
This will mark BBC New Generation Artist Kitty Whately’s debut with the Britten Sinfonia. She will join the orchestra again in the New Year for two performances of Haydn Nelson Mass in Spain.
Mary Bevan and Benedict Nelson praised in ENO’s The Marriage of Figaro
Mary Bevan and Benedict Nelson have received acclaim for their role debuts as Susanna and Count Almaviva respectively in Fiona Shaw’s The Marriage of Figaro at English National Opera, and were described by The Arts Desk as “a cast that’s pretty close to perfect” in a five-star review.
During the curtain call, Mary Bevan was also presented with the Critics’ Circle Award for ‘exceptional young talent in music’, presented by Guy Dammann, in recognition of her work over the past year.
Mary Bevan / Susanna
“… the shining…Mary Bevan…with her dramatic awareness and quick wit as Susanna”
Andrew Clements, Guardian, October 2014
“… her Susanna is gloriously acted and stylishly sung: a real coming-of-age”
Richard Morrison, Times, October 2014
“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.”
Michael Church, Independent, October 2014
“Bevan… reveals a vocal line of soaring sweetness and accuracy, as well as impeccable phrasing. Her gestures and facial expressions, even when she is silently hiding behind objects, suggest a bright character who is always thinking and calculating, but only ever with the most noble of intentions.”
David Smith, Music OMH, October 2014
“But the show belongs to Bevan... this felt a lot like the singer’s graduation – a promotion to a role she was made to play. Pert and pretty as any Susanna, under Shaw’s direction Bevan also has a no-nonsense vigour about her, and we more than believe her sly declaration that “women of my class don’t get headaches”. A singing actress of the most instinctive kind… this is a performance that must be judged as a whole.”
Alexandra Coghlan, five stars, The Arts Desk, October 2014
“The most remarkable singing comes from the Susanna of Mary Bevan… Unfailingly stylish, she combines great diction with acting ability and a natural warmth”
David Gutman, The Stage, October 2014
“…she was indeed sparkling”
Stu Black, Londonist, October 2014
Benedict Nelson / Count Almaviva
“This underlying violence is heightened by Benedict Nelson’s Count, who suppresses as much as he releases, a man stalking the borderlands of his own civilised humanity.”
Five stars, Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk, October 2014
“Benedict Nelson presents a formidable and brutal figure whose presence you would not wish to be in when he went into a rage.”
David Smith, Music OMH, October 2014
“David Stout as Figaro and Benedict Nelson as the Count bring a wealth of insight to the servant-master relationship”
Stu Black, Londonist, October 2014
Mary Bevan and Benedict Nelson make role debuts in The Marriage of Figaro at ENO
Soprano Mary Bevan and baritone Benedict Nelson make role debuts as Susanna and Count Almaviva respectively in The Marriage of Figaro at English National Opera on 16 October. Fiona Shaw returns to the Coliseum to revive her acclaimed 2011 production of the work, hailed by critics as “humane, intelligent and buzzing with energy” (Rupert Christansen, Daily Telegraph, October 2011).
Harewood Artist Bevan makes her first ENO appearance of the season as Susanna, following her “most versatile and bewitching Despina” (Michael Church, Independent, May 2014) in Così fan tutte last summer. Later this season she takes part in ENO’s Orfeo at the Bristol Old Vic.
Nelson returns to the Coliseum following previous ENO highlights as Billy Budd, Figaro The Barber of Seville and Valentin Faust, among many others. Away from London last season, he sang Ned Keene Peter Grimes for Opéra de Lyon and Opera North.
After opening on 16 October, further performances of The Marriage of Figaro take place 23, 25, 28, 31 October, 4, 6, 8 14, 19 and 23 November
Intermusica artists give recitals with Oxford Lieder
Mary Bevan, Ben Johnson, Benedict Nelson and Roger Vignoles all give recitals for Oxford Lieder during October and November.
On 4 October, Bevan joins Rozanna Madylus, Robert Murray, Roderick Williams, Sholto Kynoch and principal players of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at Kings Place. They will present Schubert’s Octet in F and the Complete Songs of 1824.
Vignoles then gives two recitals on 12 and 19 October. He first performs several works of early Schubert with Elisabeth Meister and Nicky Spence, before performing Die schöne Müllerin with Christoph Prégardien. On 22 October Vignoles will give a masterclass for young singers and pianists.
On 1 November, Johnson and Nelson join Geraldine McGreevy, Anna Huntley and Graham Johnson for a lecture recital that focuses on Schubert’s final years.
Mary Bevan & Kitty Whately perform Maxwell Davies’ Caroline Mathilde at BBC Proms
Mary Bevan and Kitty Whately perform together at the BBC Proms on 12 August in a performance of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Suite from Act II of Caroline Mathilde. They will be joined onstage by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Thomas Søndergård.
The performance marks a Proms debut for BBC New Generation Artist Kitty Whately, while Mary Bevan returns to the festival following her 2012 appearance as Kate in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Yeomen of the Guard.
The performance will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and recorded for a later television broadcast on BBC Four on 21 August.
Mary Bevan sings La clemenza di Tito with Classical Opera
Mary Bevan sings Servilla La clemenza di Tito with Classical Opera on 13 March in a concert performance at Cadogan Hall, London. The concert will be conducted by Classical Opera founder and artistic director Ian Page and, alongside Bevan, features a line-up of tenor Robert Murray, soprano Gillian Ramm, mezzo-sopranos Helen Sherman and Hanna Hipp and bass-baritone Darren Jeffery. The performing forces are completed by The Choir and Orchestra of Classical Opera.
Later in March Bevan appears in a performance of Haydn’s Mass in Time of War (Kettledrum Mass) with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Leeds Festival Chorus. She joins mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston, tenor Robin Tritschler and bass Neal Davies under the baton of conductor Simon Wright. The concert, which forms part of the Leeds International Concert Season, will take place at Leeds Town Hall on 29 March.
Vuyani Mlinde and Mary Bevan sing in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the Prague Philharmonia
Intermusica artists Vuyani Mlinde and Mary Bevan make their debuts with the Prague Philharmonia in Stravinsky Pulcinella on 9 March.
The concert, in the Dvořák Hall of Rudolfinum, also includes Mozart Horn Concerto No.4, and Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor. The performance is conducted by Jakub Hrůša.