Reviews

July 23, 2018
Handel’s Saul at Glyndebourne Festival
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
A vibrant Anna Devin leads the way as Saul’s impulsive, loving daughter Michal. Read more »
Geoff Brown, The Times
May 14, 2018
Handel’s Arminio at Göttingen Handel Festival
Deutches Theater
"Ms. Devin, with her clarion soprano then
closed the act with Tusnelda’s appeal to Varo, “Rendimi
il dolce sposo,” one of Handel’s most expressive majorkey
sicilianos. There was not a dry eye in the theatre, as
her bright tone weaved its way amidst the restrained
string parts....Ms. Devin’s exquisite
vocal control and fine sense of baroque style were assets
throughout in her mostly slow, minor-key arias,
beginning with her first “Scaglian amore,” affirming her
steadfast love with a da capo of fluid ornaments. " Read more »
Richard Beams, Opera con brio
April 15, 2018
Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Early Opera Company
St. John’s Smith Square
" The soloist who really maximised on the opportunity provided by this was Anna Devin as Cleopatra. Her soprano was full, rounded and sumptuous and she met the most soaring lines and difficult phrases with a sound that felt as smooth as it was accurate. In this way, her performance of ‘Se pietà di me non senti’ entirely captured the sense of one totally lost in her love for Cesare, and was so sensitive that it nearly reduced the audience to tears. However, her voice, while demonstrating the same underlying attributes, proved equally adept at revealing assertive defiance towards Tolomeo and a total sense of joy in ‘Da tempeste il legno infranto’." Read more »
Sam Smith, musicomh
April 12, 2018
Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Early Opera Company
St. John’s Smith Square
"Anna Devin made a strong and complex Cleopatra and it is a role I would love to hear her play on stage. From the outset she was a vibrant and capable woman, fully equally to standing up to her brother Tolomeo ...she certainly brought ravishing tone to bear in her Parnassus aria, 'V'adore pupille' with its surround aura of instruments (including the exotic viola da gamba and harp). Devin made the move from skittish, sexy and scheming to profound pain with a fine sense of transition, and both 'Piangero' and 'Per pieta' were highlights in an evening full of them. Devin has quite a strong, vibrant voice, this was no soubrette Cleopatra, yet she was equally capable of virtuoso bravura, really capturing the many sided nature of the part." Read more »
Robert Hugill, planethugill
March 1, 2018
Handel’s Semele – International Handel Festival, Karlsruhe
BadischesStaats Theater, Karlsruhe
"The Irish soprano Anna Devin also sang at the Göttingen Handel Festival (as Clotilde in Faramondo), Semele already sang at the London Handel Festival. Her flexible voice seems predestined for baroque and bel canto operas, she acts as an actress with an intelligent sense for nuances - a singer that one likes to hear and see again." Read more »
Badisches Staatstheatre Blogspot
January 10, 2018
Big Bang, Irish National Opera Launch
National Concert Hall, Dublin
"Soprano Anna Devin was simply perfect in “Amour, ranime mon courage” from Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette" Read more »
Pia Maltri, Bachtrack
December 12, 2016
Handel’s Messiah with Ulster Orchestra
Waterfront Hall
"soprano Anna Devin was outstanding" Read more »
Alf McCreery, Belfast Telegraph
October 15, 2016
SO: Le Nozze di Figaro
Theatre Royal, Glasgow
"Anna Devin’s radiant Susanna" Read more »
Ken Walton, The Scotsman
October 13, 2016
SO: Le Nozze di Figaro
Theatre Royal, Glasgow
" in particular, Anna Devin’s Susanna were the two stand-outs" Read more »
Gregor Forbes, Bachtrack
March 9, 2016
WNO: Marriage of Figaro
Birmingham Hippodrome
“full of intelligence and sensuality (both conveyed with the smile of someone who knows more than she is letting on), and simultaneously warm and precise of voice, her phrasing natural in effect and sometimes thinning to a whisper without losing tone or audibility” Read more »
Paul Griffiths, Times Literacy Supplement
February 22, 2016
WNO: Marriage of Figaro
Wales Millennium Centre
"...Anna Devin (Susanna) both gave very strong performances of great character and stamina,... a convincing, innocently-flustered victim, though certainly capable of handling herself. Her attractively graceful “Deh vieni, non tardar” in Act IV received a huge reception, and her interactions with Elizabeth Watts’ fluent Countess produced the most beautiful and moving scenes of the evening" Read more »
Rohan Shotton, Backtrack
February 19, 2016
WNO: Marriage of Figaro
Wales Millennium Centre
"Anna Devin is a veritable feisty knock out Susanna" Read more »
Mike Smith, Wales Online
November 9, 2015
Caccini’s Liberazione di Ruggiero
The Old Market
"Anna Devin's charismatic Alcina...look and sound gorgeous" Read more »
Tim Ashley, The Guardian
November 1, 2015
Mozart’s Il Re Pastore – Recording
"Anna Devin has a touch more steel in her characterisation of the disguised princess Tamiri, which means that all three soprano parts are sung with equal accomplishment but differentiated clearly." Read more »
David Vickers, Gramophone Magazine
October 25, 2015
Handel’s Saul, Glyndebourne Tour
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
"Anna Devin ... give searching accounts of Saul's daughters...each sister inflects Handel's arias with hues that both define her character and give her a hinterland, yet neither soprano compromises her accustomed beauty of tone." Read more »
Mark Valencia, Whats on Stage
September 13, 2015
Handel’s Agrippina
O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin
"Agrippina’s nemesis – is winningly portrayed by soprano Anna Devin, her richly expressive voice brilliant also in matching the vocal acrobatics demanded of her" Read more »
Michael Lee, www.goldenplec.com
July 9, 2015
Falstaff, Covent Garden
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
"Anna Devin’s enchanting performance of Nannetta’s Sul fil d’un soffio etesio" Read more »
Anna Picard, The Times
July 20, 2018
Handel’s Saul at Glyndebourne Festival
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Anna Devin’s Michal was full of girlish energy, utterly lovestruck by David from the start Read more »
Charlotte Valori, Bachtrack
May 13, 2018
Handel’s Arminio at Göttingen Handel Festival
Deutches Theater
"impressive the flexible soprano by Anna Devin (Tusnelda)"
"beeindruckend der flexible Sopran von Anna Devin (Tusnelda)" Read more »
Elisabeth Richter, Klassik Info
April 15, 2018
Handel’s Guilio Cesare with Early Opera Company
St. John’s Smith Square
Anna Devin's fascinating Cleopatra, one of the finest London has heard since Valerie Masterson at the Coliseum almost four decades ago...Devin dispatched 'V'adoro pupille' with instrumental clarity, beguiling tone and a properly seductive persona, yet had plenty of emotion in reserve for 'Se pietà and 'Piangerò la sorte mia'. As her recent Semele in Karlsruhe made clear, the Irish soprano is an ideal interpreter of Handel's 'sex-kitten' roles - in Winton Dean's apt phrase - and deserves to be seen in this part on stage.
Hugh Canning, Opera Magazine
March 28, 2018
Handel’s Semele – International Handel Festival
BadischesStaats Theater, Karlsruhe
"Anna Devin with pyrotechnic fireworks at the end, but previously also capable of intimate legato" From google translation Read more »
Operan Schnipsel
February 7, 2018
Mozart Concert Arias with RTE Symphony Orchestra and Harry Bicket
National Concert Hall, Dublin
"Devin is one of those singers whose sheer fluency and ease of command can quite mask the extremity of some of the demands she masters in performance. Everything she sang on Friday was first class, and her negotiation of the precipitous heights in Ah se in ciel, benigne stelle, K538, will long remain specially etched in the memory." Read more »
Michael Dervan, The Irish Times
August 16, 2017
Giulio Cesare at Kilkenny Arts Festival
St. Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny
"Anna Devin’s powerfully seductive Cleopatra" Read more »
Michael Dervan, The Irish Times
December 1, 2016
Mozart’s Idomeneo at Kilkenny Arts Festival
St. Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny
"Anna Devin delivered Ilia's arias (especially her gossamer-spun 'Zeffiretti Lusinghieri') with the sweet, vulnerable purity required. Far rarer was her ability to invest the recitatives with a surprising range of emotions, not excluding peevishness, irony and political tact. This was dramatic singing of the highest calibre."
Christopher Webber, Opera Magazine
October 14, 2016
SO: Le Nozze di Figaro
Theatre Royal, Glasgow
"Anna Devin’s Susanna, who reserved her peachiest singing for some stratospheric ornamentation in her last aria" Read more »
Richard Morrison, The Times
August 17, 2016
Mozart’s Idomeneo at Kilkenny Arts Festival
St. Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny
"The stars of the evening were Irish singers, soprano Anna Devin, who impressed as an emotionally rounded Ilia,...handling of the work’s finely tailored recitative was in a class apart from the rest of the cast." Read more »
The Irish Times, Michael Dervan
March 3, 2016
WNO: Marriage of Figaro
Wales Millennium Centre
"above all, there’s Anna Devin as the Susanna of your dreams: smart, funny, with emotions flashing across her face by the microsecond and a sunny, crystal-clear voice that can hang blissfully in the air or — in Act Four — make Mozart sound as lusciously lubricious as Richard Strauss. Lucky Figaro. Lucky us." Read more »
Richard Bratby, The Spectator
February 20, 2016
WNO: Marriage of Figaro
Wales Millennium Centre
"The indisputable star of the show is Susanna, and Irish soprano Anna Devin executes a flawless performance. Her stompy, sassy portrayal of a feisty young bride, coupled with a crystal, spine-tingling voice, is truly a performance to behold. Her talent and vocal versatility is breathtaking, and she captivates the audience – drawing out laughter and moments of touching humility." Read more »
The Reviews Hub
January 1, 2016
Mozart’s Il re Pastore
"...is portrayed by soprano Anna Devin with disarming sincerity and a profound exploration of the competing emotions that make the character so fascinating... her Tamiri brims with the same energy and sparkling tone ...she sings Tamiri’s Allegro aperto aria ‘Di tante sue procelle già si scordò quest’alma’ exhilaratingly, soaring through the divisions with laudable poise" Read more »
Joseph Newsome, www.voix-des-arts.com
November 6, 2015
Caccini’s Liberazione di Ruggiero
The Old Market
"Soprano Anna Devin brings vocal and physical glamour to Alcina" Read more »
George Hall, The Stage
October 27, 2015
Handel’s Saul, Glyndebourne Tour
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
"Devin’s unguarded brilliance" Read more »
Anna Picard, The Times
September 20, 2015
Handel’s Agrippina
O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin
"Devin, however, was a scene stealer" Read more »
Dick O'Riordan, Sunday Business Post
August 1, 2015
Faramondo at Brisbane Baroque
Conservatorium Theatre
"Without question, on opening night, the soprano Anna Devin was the superior singer: her command of coloratura was faultless, her cadenzas tasteful and never excessive" Read more »
John Carmody, Opera Magazine
July 7, 2015
Falstaff, Covent Garden
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
"Anna Devin as an especially determined Nannetta Ford, is superlative, floating every line with vivid sense of bel canto style and rising to the highest artistry in the Queen of the Fairies’ seriously beautiful song" Read more »
David Nice, The Arts Desk
May 14, 2018
Handel’s Arminio at Göttingen Handel Festival
Deutches Theater
Anna Devin thrilled as Arminio's wife Tusnelda with a bright soprano and crystal clear highs. She also masters the entire spectrum from the loving to the suffering woman with vocally differentiated design. Read more »
Thomas Molke, OMM
April 22, 2018
Handel’s Guilio Cesare with Early Opera Company
St. John’s Smith Square
Devin’s crystalline, instrumental soprano, in one of Handel’s great “sex kitten” roles. Her “acting”, even in a concert performance, was as seductive as any Cleopatra I have seen. INO should mount a stage production for her at the earliest opportunity. Read more »
Hugh Canning, The Times
April 12, 2018
Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Early Opera Company
St. John’s Smith Square
"..like most leading stars, she is last to make her entrance. Anna Devin revelled in the opportunities this role offers, making with complete conviction her journey from scheming minx to mature woman in love. ... within this genre the portrait is full and fascinating and Devin sang it with a really gorgeous sound, and all the technique needed ...She was as entertaining in her high-handed dismissal of her brother in Act 1 as she was touching in her famous “Piangerò la sorte mia” (Flow my tears) in Act 3. Mead and Devin also combined beautifully in their closing duets." Read more »
Roy Wesbrook, Bachtrack
March 2, 2018
Handel’s Semele – Interntational Handel Festival, Karlsruhe
BadischesStaats Theater, Karlsruhe
"This year we were able to discover his extraordinary talent on the Badisches Staatstheater stage"
"there is the virtuoso interpretation of Anna Devin,beautiful in the art of the modulation of affects on the theme given by the phrase that is repeated. These exercises in style are fully successful both in terms of vocal technique and performance, Anna Devin , skilled in all registers and moods, manages to give the impression of naturalness and spontaneity to this which is actually the result of elaborate work." - From google translation
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Luc Roger, http://munichandco.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/
January 17, 2018
Big Bang, Irish National Opera Launch
National Concert Hall, Dublin
"Soprano Anna Devin is more measured, with a refined vocal sensibility that finds her masking the technical challenges of what she’s singing. Her handling of Amour, ranime mon courage from Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette was both a crowd-pleaser and a connoisseur’s delight." Read more »
Michael Dervan, The Irish Times
August 16, 2017
Giulio Cesare at Kilkenny Arts Festival
St. Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny
"Irish soprano Anna Devin brought out all the nuance in the character of a scheming Cleopatra. Her gorgeous singing in plaintive arias drew the warmest applause of the evening." Read more »
Cathy Desmond, The Irish Examiner
October 17, 2016
SO: Le nozze di Figaro
Theatre Royal, Glasgow
"Anna Devin's Susanna is the stand-out performance. Bright of voice and quick of intellect, Devin owns Act I when Susanna is confronted with a succession of unwanted visitor's to her future bed-chamber" Read more »
Thom Dibdin, The Stage
October 14, 2016
SO: Le Nozze di Figaro
"the honours go to Devin, whose natural relaxed path through the score is exemplary." Read more »
Keith Bruce, Herald Scotland
April 6, 2016
WNO: Marriage of Figaro
Theatre Royal, Plymouth
"Irish soprano Anna Devin earns her reputation as one of the finest talents of her generation. Her Susanna is an excellent foil for baritone David Stout's Figaro." Read more »
WMNKRossiter , Plymouth Herald
February 28, 2016
WNO: Marriage of Figaro
Wales Millennium Centre
"it’s lively thanks to the superior acting skills of Anna Devin’s mercurial Susanna” Read more »
Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times
February 19, 2016
WNO: Marriage of Figaro
Wales Millennium Centre
"The biggest plus factor in this staging is the exceptional Susanna of Anna Devin: she has a natural charisma, her soprano blending clarity and bloom" Read more »
Rian Evans, The Guardian
November 16, 2015
Handel’s Messiah @ Lausanne Bach Festival
Opéra de Lausanne
"...the divine soprano Anna Devin is a true revelation..." Read more »
Matthieu Chenal, www.24heures.ch
November 1, 2015
Mozart’s Il Re Pastore – Recording
" the small cast of five principals, including.. Anna Devin are all superb" Read more »
James Ross, Early Music Review
October 26, 2015
Handel’s Saul, Glyndebourne Tour
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
"crystalline sopranos of.. Anna Devin"
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Eastbourne Hearld
September 14, 2015
Handel’s Agrippina
Lime Tree Theatre
"Anna Devin as the devious Poppea... were riveting throughout. Vocally each deliver impeccable performances" Read more »
The Examiner
July 11, 2015
Falstaff, Covent Garden
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
"Anna Devin’s Nannetta – silvery-sweet and impeccably sung – is the stand out in a strong revival cast" Read more »
Alexandra Coghlan, The Spectator