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Mary Bevan

Soprano

Biography

Mary Bevan in action.
Mary Bevan as Lila in The Firework-Maker's Daughter © Robert Workman

English soprano Mary Bevan made her Royal Opera House debut singing Lila (The Firework-Maker’s Daughter, world premiere) in the Linbury Studio Theatre in 2013 with Mahogany Opera Group. She has since sung for The Royal Opera Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) on the main stage, Euridice (Orfeo) at the Roundhouse and the title role in Rossi’s Orpheus at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe. In the 2017/18 Season she sings the title role in the world premiere of Coraline at the Barbican for The Royal Opera.

Bevan studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge University and trained at the Royal Academy of Music. She sings regularly at English National Opera, where her roles have included Rebecca (Two Boys, world premiere), Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Second Niece (Peter Grimes), Despina (Così fan tutte), Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro). Other operatic engagements include Rose in Street Scene (Teatro Real, Madrid), Merab in Saul (Adelaide Festival), Elvira in L’italiana in Algeri (Garsington Opera) and, in concert, Dalinda in Ariodante on tour with the English Concert and Kate (Yeomen of the Guard) at the BBC Proms. She appears regularly in concert, highlights including an Asian tour with The English Concert and Harry Bicket, Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Israel in Egypt with the Hanover Band, Les Illuminations with the English Chamber Orchestra, Richard Ayres’s In the Alps with the Aurora Orchestra and Rutter’s Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall.

Bevan is the sister of soprano Sophie Bevan and daughter of David Bevan, Director of Music at Our Most Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More, Chelsea.

Videos

News and features

The Opera Machine and Antonio Pappano honoured at RPS Awards

6 May 2015
The Opera Machine and Antonio Pappano honoured at RPS Awards

The Opera Machine — an extraordinary 17-camera view of the theatrical process — wins in the Creative Communication category.

Die Frau ohne Schatten and The Opera Machine shortlisted for RPS Music Award

1 April 2015
Die Frau ohne Schatten and The Opera Machine shortlisted for RPS Music Award

Claus Guth’s production of Strauss’s exotic fairytale and the extraordinary multi-camera view of Die Walküre nominated for awards.

Listen: Monteverdi’s Orfeo on BBC iPlayer

3 March 2015
Listen: Monteverdi’s Orfeo on BBC iPlayer

Another chance to hear The Royal Opera and Roundhouse’s acclaimed production of the first great opera.

Photos

Gyula Orendt as Orfeo and Mary Bevan as Euridice in Orfeo

Christopher Lowrey, Gyula Orendt, Mary Bevan and Anthony Gregory in Orfeo

Mary Bevan and Philip Smith in Orpheus

Louise Alder and Mary Bevan in Orpheus

Mary Bevan in Orpheus

Mary Bevan as the title role in Orpheus

Mary Bevan and Keri Fuge in rehearsal for Orpheus, The Royal Opera and Shakespeare's Globe

Jennifer Davis, Mary Bevan, Emily Edmonds and Lauren Fagan in rehearsal for Orpheus, The Royal Opera and Shakespeare's Globe

Mary Bevan as Lila in The Firework-Maker's Daughter

Mary Bevan as Lila, Andrew Slater as Rambashi, James Laing, Amar Muchhala and Wyn Pencarreg as pirates in The Firework-Maker's Daughter

Mary Bevan as Lila in The Firework-Maker's Daughter

Mary Bevan as Lila and Wyn Pencarreg as Lalchand in The Firework-Maker's Daughter

Gyula Orendt as Orfeo and Mary Bevan as Euridice in Orfeo

Gyula Orendt and Mary Bevan in Orfeo

Gyula Orendt and Mary Bevan in Orfeo

Mary Bevan and Jennifer Davis in Orpheus

Mary Bevan and Louise Alder in rehearsal for Orpheus, The Royal Opera and Shakespeare's Globe

Mary Bevan as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro

Mary Bevan as Lila in The Firework-Maker's Daughter

Mary Bevan

Mary Bevan as Euridice with dancers from East London Dance in Orfeo

Gyula Orendt as Orfeo and Mary Bevan as Euridice in Orfeo

Gyula Orendt as Orfeo and Mary Bevan as Euridice in Orfeo

Gyula Orendt in Orfeo

Gyula Orendt as Orfeo and Mary Bevan as Euridice in Orfeo

Mary Bevan in Orpheus

Louise Alder, Mark Milhofer and Mary Bevan in rehearsal for Orpheus, The Royal Opera and Shakespeare's Globe

Emily Edmonds and Mary Bevan in rehearsal for Orpheus, The Royal Opera and Shakespeare's Globe

Mary Bevan as Lila in The Firework-Maker's Daughter

Mary Bevan as Euridice with dancers from East London Dance in Orfeo

Mary Bevan as Euridice in Orfeo

Gyula Orendt as Orfeo and Mary Bevan as Euridice in Orfeo

Gyula Orendt as Orfeo and Mary Bevan as Euridice in Orfeo

Keri Fuge and Mary Bevan in Orpheus

In rehearsal for Orpheus, The Royal Opera and Shakespeare's Globe

Mary Bevan as Lila in The Firework-Maker's Daughter