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.
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.