Mary Bevan


Mary Bevan

In the 2018/19 season, Bevan debuts at the Royal Danish Opera as Bellezza in Il Trionfo del tempo e del desinganno, sings Merab/Saul at the Göttigen Handel Festival, title role Handel Susanna with Chamber Orchestra Basel and Paul McCreesh, a New Year gala with the OAE, and performs the world premiere of Roxanna Panufnik’s Faithful Journey with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the CBSO. Further ahead she will return to ENO and make her Opera Monte Carlo debut.

Last season Bevan made a successful debut at the Teatro Real as Rose Maurrant in Weill’s Street Scene, and sang the title role in a sold out run of Turnage’s new opera Coraline for the Royal Opera at the Barbican. Other accolades in 17/18 season included a tour of Bach Cantatas with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir, Trial by Jury at the BBC Proms 2018, Mary in Sally Beamish’s The Judas Passion in the UK and on tour in the United States with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

In Spring 2017 Bevan garnered praise for her interpretation as Dalinda/Ariodante on an international tour with The English Concert and Harry Bicket, during which she made her Carnegie Hall debut with the ensemble 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 sang Zerlina in Richard Jones’ new production of Don Giovanni at ENO under Mark Wigglesworth, and sang 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 headlined a tour of Asia with The English Concert and Harry Bicket, sang Richard Ayres’ In the Alps with Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra, performed 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 Voyages with pianist Joseph Middleton was released in 2017 by Signum Records. The duo will record a second disc in 2019.

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 and a winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist award and UK Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent in music.