Reviews

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
"Devin was volcanic" Read more »
George Grella, New York Classical Review
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
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
"Anna Devin and Claudia Huckle are note-perfect" Read more »
George Hall, The Guardian
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
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."
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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
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
"the trio of Anna Devin, Madeleine Pierard and Justina Gringyte impressed as the scantily-clad Wood Nymphs"
Intermezzo, Intermezzo
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
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."
Read more »
Melanie Eskenazi , Music OMH
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 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
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
"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
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, Covent Garden
"Anna Devin... her tone was sweeter and her pianissimos were unbelievable." Read more »
Capriccio, Capriccio
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