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Lotte Betts-Dean


Hailed by The Guardian for her “impressive control, irrepressible sense of drama and extraordinary self-assurance” Australian mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean’s performance experience encompasses opera, oratorio, contemporary music, art song, chamber music and early music. A versatile and sought-after concert artist performing predominantly in Australia and in the UK, Lotte has appeared at venues such as St John’s Smith Square, St Martin In The Fields, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and the Sydney Opera House, and festivals such as Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Buxton, and Lewes Festival of Song. Lotte won the 2019 Oxford Lieder Festival Young Artist Platform, and is currently Associate Artist with Southbank Sinfonia after winning the 2017 Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award. She also won the 2018 Musicians Company New Elizabethan Award alongside guitarist Andrey Lebedev, and is a member of London-based contemporary music group Ensemble x.y, with whom she has performed numerous world premieres. Lotte is a City Music Foundation Artist, a Yeoman of the Musicians Company, a scholarship holder with the Imogen Cooper Music Trust and a 2020 Samling Young Artist.

Recent highlights include her debut with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis narrating Stravinsky’s Perséphone, appearances at Barbican Centre Sound Unbound Festival and Tête-à-Tête Festival, a guest artist position at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and a critically acclaimed UK-wide tour of Pierrot Lunaire with Manchester Collective. Upcoming performances include concerts in Rome, France, London Festival of Song and at The Red House Aldeburgh.

Lotte graduated with an MA from the Royal Academy of Music in 2016. Her performances have been broadcast on ABC Classic FM, 3MBS FM, BBC Radio 3 and WQXR NY.