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Lotte Betts-Dean


Praised by The Guardian for her “irrepressible sense of drama and unmissable, urgent musicality”, Australian mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean’s wide ranging repertoire encompasses opera, oratorio, contemporary music, art song, chamber music and early music. A versatile concert artist performing predominantly in Australia and in the UK, recent highlights include her debut with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis (Stravinsky Perséphone), performances at Buxton International Festival, St John’s Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields, Barbican Centre’s Sound Unbound Festival, Tête-à-Tête Festival, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Alongside Joseph Havlat, Lotte won the 2019 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform and subsequently gave a recital at the 2019 Festival. Lotte also won the 2017 Southbank Sinfonia Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award, the inaugural 2018 Musician’s Company New Elizabethan Award, and most recently, the 2020 Audrey Strange Memorial Prize at the Royal Over-Seas League Competition.

Lotte is a Yeoman of the Musicians Company, an Imogen Cooper Music Trust bursar, a City Music Foundation Artist and a 2020 Tait Memorial Trust Awardee. Lotte has appeared as soloist with several major ensembles including the internationally renowned Australian Chamber Orchestra (Bach Christmas Oratorio) English Chamber Orchestra (Vivaldi Gloria) and Manchester Collective (Schoenberg Pierrot Lunaire). Upcoming highlights include her debuts with Grand Théàtre de Geneve (Schlomowitz Electric Dreams) Opera Holland Park (Pirates of Penzance) and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México (Tippett A Child of Our Time)

Lotte is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music (MA) and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Her performances have been broadcast on radio around the world including BBC Radio 3, ABC Classic FM and WQXR NY.

Last updated: Sep 2019