Mary Bevan has just completed her studies at the Royal Academy of Music Opera School studying
with Lillian Watson and Audrey Hyland. Previously she attended Trinity College, Cambridge, where
she studied Anglo-Saxon Norse and Celtic and sang with Alison Wells. At the Academy, Mary was
a member of the prestigious Song Circle and was the soprano soloist for the Kohn Foundation Bach
Cantata Series. Mary is an Associate Artist of the Classical Opera Company.
Mary’s most recent operatic engagements include her debut at English National Opera as Rebecca
in Nico Muhly’s Two Boys, Barbarina The Marriage of Figaro for ENO with Paul Daniel and Fiona
Shaw, Barbarina Figaro at Garsington Opera with Douglas Boyd and John Cox, Despina Cosi fan
tutte for Vignette Productions and at RAO with John Cox and Jane Glover. At RAO she also played
Iris in Handel’s Semele under Sir Charles Mackerras, and Emmie in John Copley’s first Albert Herring.
Before RAO she played Papagena The Magic Flute for British Youth Opera, Pamina for the Palestine
Mozart Festival, and Frasquita Carmen for Opera de Baugé.
On the concert platform, her highlights include Thomas Arne’s Alfred and Handel Apollo e Daphne
with the Classical Opera Company at King’s Place, Handel Messiah with the ECO and Raymond
Leppard at Cadogan Hall, Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Royal Albert Hall, Bach St Matthew Passion
with the Hanover Band, St John Passion at the Spitalfields Festival, Les Illuminations with the
ECO including performances under Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bach Christmas Oratorio, Handel Israel in
Egypt, Haydn Theresen Messe and the premiere of Ireland’s Like as a Hart at Cadogan Hall, and
Rutter Requiem under John Rutter at the Royal Albert Hall. With the Royal Academy of Music Mary
performed Schütz and Purcell under John Eliot Gardiner, Messiaen La Mort du Nombre for the South
Bank Messiaen Festival, and a recital at the Wigmore Hall with the Royal Academy Song Circle. She
has also given a solo recital of French Melodie and a recital with Sophie Bevan at the Oxford Lieder
Festival in the past two years.
Mary is the winner of Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Award and Isabel Jay Operatic Prize at the RAM,
and a finalist at the Royal Overseas League and Richard Tauber Competitions. Mary is grateful to
the Harold Hyam Wingate Trust, the Countess of Munster Trust, the Musician’s Benevolent Fund, the
Worshipful Company of Drapers and the Royal Academy of Music for their support in her studies.
Her recordings include Handel’s Ode to St Cecilia with Ludus Baroque, a premiere of Fen and Flood
by Patrick Hadley with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Paul Daniel, and Handel in the
Playhouse, a selection of Handel duets and songs with L’Avventura London for Opella Nova Records.
Highlights in 2010/11 season include a recording of Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 3 with the
BBC Philharmonic under Paul Daniel, a recording of Handel’s Triumph of Time and Truth with Ludus
Baroque, a recording of Mendelssohn duets with Sophie Bevan and Malcom Martineau, Messiah at
the Royal Albert Hall and in Summer 2012 she will play Zerlina in Garsington’s production of Don