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Biography

A former member of the Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Britten-Pears YAP and the National Opera Studio, Irish soprano Anna Devin is fast becoming established as one of today’s brightest young sopranos.

Opera appearances 2013/14 include a return to Scottish Opera as Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and to the Royal Opera House as Flowermaiden (Parsifal). Later in the season, she will make her debut at the Handel Festival Göttingen as Clotilde in Faramondo, conducted by Lawrence Cummings and appear at the ROH Linbury Studio in a new commission by Luke Bedford. Further ahead, she returns to the ROH main stage as Nanetta (Falstaff) in 2014/15 and joins the English Concert under Harry Bicket as Oberto (Alcina) on tour in London, Madrid, Vienna, Paris and New York.

Anna’s performances at Covent Garden have included Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), 1st Nymph (Rusalka), Amante (Il Tabarro), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), 2nd Niece (Peter Grimes), and Dew Fairy (Hänsel und Gretel). At the ROH, she has also covered Sophie (Werther), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Marzelline (Fidelio), Marie (Fille du Regiment) and Gretel and the Sandmann (Hänsel und Gretel).

Elsewhere, she has appeared as Night/Spring (Fairy Queen), conducted by Harry Bicket, and the Governess (The Turn of the Screw) as part of the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme, Virtue/Damigella (L’incoronazione di Poppea) for OTC, Aldeburgh and Buxton, conducted by Christian Curnyn, as Second Fairy and Second Woman (The Fairy Queen) at Glyndebourne and Opéra Comique, conducted by William Christie, and more recently as Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Sophie (Werther) with Scottish Opera, Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) with Garsington Opera and as Silvia (L’isola Disabitata) with the Royal Opera House at the Hobart Festival in Tasmania.

A frequent concert performer, Anna’s repertoire encompasses both sacred and secular works, with oratorio roles ranging from Monteverdi’s Vespers to Tippett’s A Child of Our Time and from Haydn’s Theresienmesse to Mozart’s Requiem. In concert she has appeared as part of the London Handel Festival, Brighton Early Music, Belfast Festival and Göttingen Handel Festival as well as with the RTÉ NSO Dublin and Ulster Orchestra.

Appearances in 2012/13 included Anna’s BBC Proms debut as Flowermaiden in Parsifal with the Hallé under Sir Mark Elder, a Debussy programme at the London Song Festival, Vreli (A Village Romeo and Juliet) at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the London Concert Orchestra under Ronald Corp, and arias by Mozart, Verdi and Puccini, as well as Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne with the RTÉ NSO Dublin. With Classical Opera, she appeared at London’s Wigmore Hall in a Gluck and Mozart programme and recorded Arbate in Mitridate. She will return to Wigmore Hall with the ensemble later this year for a New Year’s Eve Gala.

An alumna of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and National Opera Studio, Anna Devin has garnered awards including the Maggie Teyte and Miriam Licette Scholarship, Stuart Burrows International Voice Award, Singers’ Prize at the Gerald Moore Awards and the Audience Prize in the London Handel Singing Competition. She is an Associate Artist with Classical Opera.