Reviews

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’s scrumptious Nannetta, floating ethereal high notes as the Fairy Queen" Read more »
Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack
April 10, 2015
Faramondo at Brisbane Baroque
Conservatorium Theatre
"..the stars of this impossibly attractive international cast are Anna Devin as Clotilde, compelling to watch and hear.." Read more »
The Australian
February 9, 2015
Semele Debut
Queen Elizabeth Hall
“Anna Devin was ravishing as Semele. Slightly knowing without ever lapsing into caricature, she combined strong technique with a lovely sense of character, so that this Semele was real. From the first notes of Endless Pleasure we were able to admire the evenness of her passage-work and the beauty and richness of her tone. She has a surprisingly luscious timbre, and is clearly much more than the soubrette that Semele can be portrayed as. In Myself I Shall Adore the sentiments were entirely understandable. “ Read more »
Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill
January 22, 2015
1756: A Retrospective
Wigmore Hall
"The soprano Anna Devin gave a bright, confident performance of Gluck’s In mezzo a un mar crudele, from Telemaco – it’s the opera’s opening aria, introducing the sorceress Circe and full of dramatic, showy lines which Ms Devin executed with great panache."
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Melanie Eskenazi , Music OMH
October 27, 2014
Handel’s Alcina
Carnegie Hall
"Devin was volcanic" Read more »
George Grella, New York Classical Review
October 13, 2014
Handel’s Alcina
Barbican Hall
"Anna Devin was impressive as Oberto" Read more »
Laura Battle, Financial Times
June 26, 2014
Handel’s Faramondo
International Handel Festival Göttingen
"rising star, Irish soprano Anna Devin...All her arias were well sung with strong accurate tone and sparkling cadenzas, and she also displayed great acting skill in voice and body." Read more »
Sandra Bowdler, Opera Britannia
June 2, 2014
Handel’s Faramondo
International Handel Festival Göttingen
"The role of Clotilde, whether as an object of desire , as a love interest or as brave sister, the Irish soprano Anna Devin,..righteous in all voice and life. Brilliant and elegant, she succeeds in shipwreck aria in the second act, their hot ride is rewarded through economies of scale and coloratura cascade with a pizza pieces from the cardboard box" Read more »
Evi Baumeister, www.otz.de
April 6, 2014
Through His Teeth
The Linbury, Royal Opera House
"Anna Devin sings with compelling beauty as the woman known only as A" Read more »
Richard Fairman, Financial Times
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
"Anna Devin is a veritable feisty knock out Susanna" Read more »
Mike Smith, Wales Online
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
"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 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
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
April 10, 2015
Faramondo at Brisbane Baroque
Conservatorium Theatre
Devin is a true vocal star, her voice clear as a bell and her attention to text and conveying character through words is outstanding. In her aria Mi parto lieta, the number of ways she finds to vary the repeated words parto and lieta is an object lesson in textual nuance. Her first aria, Conoscerò, se brami, is the first winner of the evening, Comabttuta da due venti is another dazzling display (although I didn’t really get the need to munch pizza in the da capo), and her reading culminates in a magnificent demonstration of breath control in Un' aura placida. - Read more »
Clive Paget, Limelight Magazine
January 25, 2015
1756: A Retrospective
Wigmore Hall
"These were lambent jewels, but then another Mozart aria, Conservati fedele, made Page’s point for him, casting a spell quite unlike the others. Written just after Mozart had left London for the Netherlands, aged nine, it was poignantly sung by Anna Devin. The song ferments with a glorious melody and is galvanised by a mellifluous lilt and haunting dissonance, beautifully played and prescient of Fiordiligi or Susanna to come." Read more »
Ed Vulliamy, The Guardian
November 3, 2014
Handel’s Alcina
Carnagie Hall
"Anna Devin, impressed with an 11th hour star turn in “Barbara!” Read more »
Heidi Waleson, Wall Street Journal
October 27, 2014
Handel’s Alcina
Carnegie Hall
"And the appealing soprano Anna Devin was endearing as Oberto" Read more »
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times
October 12, 2014
Handel’s Alcina
Barbican Hall
"and Devin in "Barbara!" were outstanding moments among many highlights" Read more »
Simon Thomas, Whats on Stage
June 19, 2014
Great Music in Irish Houses
Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle
"...soprano Anna Devin in radiant form in some nicely decorated early Handel German Arias as well as flashing vocal fireworks in Tomami a vagheggiar from his opera Alcina" Read more »
Pat O'Kelly, The Independent
April 10, 2014
Through His Teeth
The Linbury, Royal Opera House
"As A, the woman, Anna Devin delivers a tour de force performance" Read more »
Keith McDonnell, What's on Stage
December 1, 2013
Wagner’s Parsifal
Royal Opera House
"there are some promising voices here in the mix, chiefly Anna Devin" Read more »
David Nice, The Arts Desk
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
"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 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
" the small cast of five principals, including.. Anna Devin are all superb" Read more »
James Ross, Early Music Review
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 7, 2015
Falstaff, Covent Garden
"it was Anna Devin’s Nannetta who took one’s breath away. Nannetta’s every phrase drew one’s attention, as the floaty lines soared with power and lyricism. I loved the way in her first romantic exchange with Fenton in Act 1 that the high Ab first established Nannetta’s clarity of conviction, then retreated demurely, before surging with burning passion. Such vocal control suggests real artistry and musico-dramatic intelligence" Read more »
Claire Seymour, Opera Today
March 12, 2015
Semele Debut
Queen Elizabeth Hall
“With a voice as liquid and sparkling as the best champagne, this rising young Irish soprano showered us with vivid characterisations, kaleidoscopic hues and the brightest of coloratura flourishes.” Read more »
Geoff Brown, The Times
January 23, 2015
Mozart 250
Wigmore Hall
"The soprano Anna Devin gave a bright, confident performance of Gluck’s In mezzo a un mar crudele, from Telemaco – it’s the opera’s opening aria, introducing the sorceress Circe and full of dramatic, showy lines which Ms Devin executed with great panache."
Read more »
Melanie Eskenazi , Music OMH
October 29, 2014
Handel’s Alcina
Carnegie Hall
"Anna Devin revealed a fresh, winning tone as Oberto" Read more »
James Jorden, New York Observer
October 17, 2014
Handel’s Alcina
Theater an der Wien
"introducing a performer who in all most closely approached DiDonato in terms of sheer class of performance." Read more »
Moore Parker, The Opera Critic
October 11, 2014
Handel’s Alcina
Barbican Hall
"Anna Devin also held her own, relishing the ferocious reproaches of “Barbara!” Read more »
Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk
June 3, 2014
Handel’s Faramondo
International Handel Festival Göttingen
"Anna Devin gave with ravishing coloratura cascade an emotionally torn Clotilde" Read more »
Klassik Heute, http://www.klassik-heute.com/
April 7, 2014
Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915
National Concert Hall, Dublin
"Ms Devin captures the childlike atmosphere of the piece beautifully and copes effortlessly with Barber’s undulating lines" Read more »
Pat O'Kelly, The Independent