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"To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the music the words make." - Truman Capote

Mary Bevan (soprano) read Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Trinity College, Cambridge, before training at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She became an Associate Artist of Classical Opera in 2010, and is a winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist award and the UK Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent in Music.

Her opera roles include Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Despina (Così fan tutte), Papagena (The Magic Flute), Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Second Niece (Peter Grimes) and Rebecca (in the world première of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys) for English National Opera, where she is a Harewood Artist, Gerechtigkeit (Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots), Tamiri (Il re pastore), Servilia (La clemenza di Tito) and Emma (Thomas Arne’s Alfred) for Classical Opera, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) for Garsington Opera, Belinda (Dido and Aeneas) for The English Concert, and – for The Royal Opera – Music/ Euridice (Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo) at the Roundhouse and the title role in Luigi Rossi’s Orpheus at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Her extensive concert engagements have included Bellezza (Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno) with the Dunedin Consort, a Handel residency with Emanuelle Haïm at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, and Handel’s Messiah with The English Concert and the English Chamber Orchestra, and she has appeared at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, Spitalfields Festival and Oxford Lieder Festival. Her recordings include ‘Handel in Italy’ with London Early Opera for Signum Classics, Handel’s The Triumph of Time and Truth and Ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day with Ludus Baroque for Delphian Records, and Ludwig Thuille songs with Joseph Middleton and Mendelssohn songs with Malcolm Martineau, both for Champs Hill Records.

Featured on

Noel Coward
A Most Marvellous Party
Mary Bevan, Nicky Spence, Joseph Middleton
Henri Duparc
Visions illuminées
Mary Bevan
Ian Venables
Love Lives beyond the Tomb
Ian Venables
Various composers
The Divine Muse
Mary Bevan & Joseph Middleton
Various composers
Handel's Queens
Bridget Cunningham
Various composers
Voyages
Mary Bevan
Various composers
Handel at Vauxhall, Vol. 2
London Early Opera
Georg Friedrich Händel
Handel in Italy, Vol. 2
London Early Opera
'Where'er You Walk' - Arias for Handel's Favourite Tenor
Allan Clayton
Various composers
Songs to the Moon
The Myrthen Ensemble
Georg Friedrich Händel
Handel in Italy Vol. 1
London Early Opera