Reviews

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
October 16, 2013
Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Theatre Royal, Glasgow
"Devin makes an ideal Zerlina in sound and stage presence: the Irish soprano is a bright spark indeed." Read more »
Kate Molleson, Kate Molleson
June 28, 2013
Hänsel und Gretel
Garsington Opera, Wormsley
"the central performances are exceptionally strong. Claudia Huckle and Anna Devin play very convincingly off each other as Hansel and Gretel, with Devin’s delicately-shaded soprano complemented by Huckle’s sumptuous contralto" Read more »
Michael Church, The Independent
June 24, 2013
Humperdinck’s Hänsel and Gretel
Garsington Opera, Wormsley
"Wide-eyed Devin constantly analyses the women around her, eventually facing her own womanhood and the threat of the 'awfully big adventure' with aplomb. Superb diction, Devin's nimble tone..." Read more »
Gavin Plumley, Entartetemusik
February 16, 2013
Don Giovanni – Scottish Opera
Theatre Royal, Glasgow
"Ms Devin had the sweetest singing amongst the entire cast" Read more »
Kelvin Holdsworth, Opera Britannia
June 30, 2012
Linbury Showcase
Royal Opera House
"..Soprano Anna Devin was a wonderful sexy Zerlina and then a superbly gawky and eager Marie in an Act I duet from La Fille du régiment with tenor Ji Hyun Kim’s ardent but awkward Tonio.." Read more »
Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard
February 28, 2012
Rusalka at Roh
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
"Anna Devin... her tone was sweeter and her pianissimos were unbelievable." Read more »
Capriccio, Capriccio
November 25, 2011
Poulenc’s Gloria with Royal Ballet
Royal Opera House, London
"Soprano Anna Devin delivers a righteous reading of Poulenc’s Gloria in G major" Read more »
Neil Norman, Express
September 18, 2011
Puccini’s Il Trittico
Royal Opera House
".. Among the supporting cast, Anna Devin is outstanding as Sister Genovieffa..." Read more »
The Independent, The Independent
September 13, 2011
Puccini’s Il Trittico
Royal Opera House
"..a lovely cameo from Jette Parker Young Artist Anna Devin as rapturous Sister Genovieffa.." Read more »
David Nice, The Arts Desk
June 23, 2011
Peter Grimes – Opera Today
Royal Opera House, London
"Moreover, in an unusually striking presentation of these minor female roles, Auntie (Catherine Wyn-Rodgers) and her two Nieces (Rebecca Bottone and Anna Devin) provided a welcome splash of visual and vocal colour in the tavern scene." Read more »
Claire Seymour, Opera Today
June 21, 2011
Peter Grimes
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
"the quartet for the Borough female outcasts (with Rebecca Bottone and Anna Devin as the Nieces) an unusual highlight." Read more »
Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk
February 4, 2011
Die Zauberflöte
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
"..Anna Devin, whose delightfully sluttish Papagena was clearly a perfect match for the lovelorn Papageno." Read more »
William Hartston, Express
November 1, 2010
L’isola Disabitata
The Linbury, Royal Opera House
"...this young Irish woman extracted from her bizarre role was remarkable both musically and dramatically. Her high notes were effortlessly floated, with her voice at times dying to a delicate thread; she turned her character into a joyfully upbeat version of Caliban, a study in dawning sexuality." Read more »
Michael Church, The Independent
October 27, 2010
L’isola Disabitata
The Linbury, Royal Opera House
"Anna Devin's Silvia and Daniel Grice's Enrico get more liberated music, sound glorious and are rather erotic." Read more »
Tim Ashley, The Guardian
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
October 16, 2013
Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Theatre Royal, Glasgow
"Anna Devin simpered prettily as a rococo shepherdess of a Zerlina" Read more »
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph
June 25, 2013
Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel
Garsington Opera, Wormsley
"Anna Devin and Claudia Huckle are note-perfect" Read more »
George Hall, The Guardian
May 1, 2013
L’isola Disabitata
Theatre Royal, Hobart
"With a generous warmth and spontaneity, and singing close to perfection, soprano Anna Devin as the young feral Silva communicated pure joy." Read more »
Josephine Giles, Aussie Theatre
February 16, 2013
Massenet’s Werther
Theatre Royal, Glasgow
"As Charlotte’s younger sister Sophie, Irish soprano Anna Devin blends charm with vulnerability and sings immaculately." Read more »
George Hall, The Stage1
June 29, 2012
Linbury Showcase
Royal Opera House
"..Devin shone like the star she is surely destined to become, for she not only has a distinctive, lovely and virtuoso voice, she is also a winning and captivating actress, here as Marie teasing poor old in-love Tonio.." Read more »
Colin Anderson, Classical Source
February 28, 2012
Rusalka at Roh
Royal Opera House
"the trio of Anna Devin, Madeleine Pierard and Justina Gringyte impressed as the scantily-clad Wood Nymphs"
Intermezzo, Intermezzo
November 19, 2011
Poulenc’s Gloria with Royal Ballet
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
" impressive soprano soloist Anna Devin made telling contributions in Gloria." Read more »
G. J. Dowler, Classical Source
September 17, 2011
Puccini’s Il Trittico
Royal Opera House
"..while Anna Devin's Genovieffa had spirit and charm..." Read more »
Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian
July 18, 2011
JPYA Summer Performance
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
" It was meltingly sung, too, by the ravishingly blended voices of Anna Devin, a bright and beautiful light lyric soprano who has made such an impression this season in main house productions of Hänsel und Gretel (as the Dew Fairy) and Die Zauberflöte (as Papagena)" Read more »
Mark Valencia, What's on Stage
June 22, 2011
Peter Grimes
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
"with the exception that is of the bright reds of the ebullient nieces, deceptively smart characters here given layered performances by Rebecca Bottone and Anna Devin." Read more »
Stephen Graham, Musical Criticism
June 21, 2011
Peter Grimes
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
"Best of all are the trio of women who “comfort men from ugliness”: Catherine Wyn-Rogers as the outwardly respectable Auntie, and the hyperactive pairing of Rebecca Bottone and Anna Devin as her professional ‘Nieces’." Read more »
Mark Valencia, Classical Source
February 1, 2011
Die Zauberflöte
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
"..powerfully voiced by Jette Parker Young Artist Anna Devin. Though Ms. Devin was encumbered by a modern outfit oddly anachronistic with what is otherwise a distinctly eighteenth century production, her performance was first rate, she and Mr. Maltman bringing a welcome levity to the opera’s more transcendent concerns." Read more »
John E. de Wald, Opera Britannia
October 29, 2010
L’isola Disabitata
The Linbury, Royal Opera House
"the knowing sparkle of humanity in her and Enrico’s music, charmingly fleshed out by Devin and Grice's winning performances." Read more »
Nick Breckenfield, What's on Stage
March 18, 2010
Bach’s B Minor Mass
All Hallows’s Church, Gospel Oak
"Irish soprano Anna Devin rose to the occasion, singing exquisitely throughout, projecting her songlines like a swallow to glide, sweep and swerve among the church aisles.." Read more »
Sebastian Taylor, Camden New Journal
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
June 29, 2013
Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel
Garsington Opera, Wormsley
"Pack tissue if you're going, for an Evening Prayer more exquisite than that sung by Anna Devin(Gretel) and Claudia Huckle(Hänsel) is hard to imagine." Read more »
Anna Picard, The Independent
June 25, 2013
Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel
Garsington Opera, Wormsley
"Devin’s Gretel was beautifully sung ... She treated us to a wonderfully tender moment in Act lll's "Wo bin ich?"..." Read more »
Kate Mason, Bach Track
February 25, 2013
Massenet’s Werther
Theatre Royal, Glasgow
"Singing honours still go to Anna Devin though. Her Sophie was a delight. Trilling her way up and down a large vocal range, she was coquettish and quite delicious." Read more »
Kelvin Holdsworth, Opera Britannia
February 13, 2013
Massenet’s Werther
Theatre Royal, Glasgow
"light, pingy soprano of Anna Devin, a wonderful Sophie who dealt with both pleasure and pain with the lightest of touches." Read more »
Simon Thompson, Seen and Heard
April 7, 2012
Bach’s St Matthew Passion
St. George’s
"Anna Devin stepped in at the last moment... She has just the kind of voice that makes the soprano arias in this piece an achingly, almost painful emotional experience - sweet and pure, but very sad, the sinuous vocal lines searing and white hot in their smooth intensity....she was largely the most involving of the soloists because she wasn't afraid to use the full palette of vocal expression to her arias. Her pianissimi were particularly affecting." Read more »
Capriccio, Bach Track
November 27, 2011
Poulenc’s Gloria with Royal Ballet
Royal Opera House, London
"how fine was Anna Devin as the soprano soloist" Read more »
Clement Crisp, Financial Times
September 18, 2011
Puccini’s Il Trittico
Royal Opera House
"Anna Devin made the most of her opportunity to sub.. with a charming and assured Lauretta" Read more »
Intermezzo, Intermezzo
September 13, 2011
Puccini’s Il Trittico
Royal Opera House
"..but I enjoyed much of the cameo playing, notably Anna Devin as the ebullient Sister Genovieffa.." Read more »
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph
June 25, 2011
Peter Grimes – The Guardian
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
"her "nieces", the lively duo of Rebecca Bottone and Jette Parker young artist Anna Devin, conveyed both their individuality and their numbing, circumscribed ordinariness." Read more »
Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian
June 22, 2011
Peter Grimes
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
"Her ‘nieces’, Rebecca Bottone and Anna Devin both made strong impressions too, their proper air of grotesquerie never allowed to proceed too far. " Read more »
Mark Berry, Seen and Heard
February 6, 2011
Die Zauberflöte
Royal Opera House
"...As Papagena, JPYA Anna Devin — attractive both vocally and physically..." Read more »
Claire Seymour, Opera Today
December 27, 2010
Hansel and Gretel, Royal Opera House
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
"Anna Devin sing sweetly and surely as Dew Fairy" Read more »
Richard Morrison, The Times
October 28, 2010
L’isola Disabitata
The Linbury, Royal Opera House
"The Irish soprano Anna Devin inhabited Silvia’s world of childish innocence with mush artless attitudinizing and tossing around of her toy animal; her happy expectations for the future, carolled in a clear, light soprano..."
Margaret Davies, Opera Magazine