Reviews

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
"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
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
October 22, 2009
Turn of The Screw, Aldeburgh, UK
ALDEBURGH, UK
".. the youthful governess, superbly sung by Irish soprano Anna Devin but with the wide-eyes vulnerability of someone half a child herself - and more innocent than her charges."
Michael White, Opera Now
Mozart’s Il re Pastore
"Anna Devin is poised and technically accomplished Tamiri" Read more »
Robert Hugill, www.planethugill.com
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
"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
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
November 1, 2009
Turn of The Screw, Aldeburgh, UK
ALDEBURGH, UK
"Anna Devin's governess became the villain – scribbling feverishly in her diary, collating evidence, a suffocating, desperate termagant..." Read more »
Anna Picard, The Independent
National Opera Studio Showcase
"Anna Devin as the vulnerable Gilda. Her intensely musical account of 'Caro nome' was finely controlled and crowned with a good trill."
Margaret Davies, Opera Magazine
Recording: Mozart’s Il re Pastore
"Anna Devin has a more opulent voice than either of the other sopranos, and this makes her Tamiri stand out well from them...her second act aria is a highlight."
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Simon Thompson, http://www.musicweb-international.com/
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
October 24, 2009
Turn of The Screw, Aldeburgh, UK
ALDEBURGH, UK
"From her first appearance, motionless with her back to us on a bare raised scaffold as the audience came into the theatre space, Anna Devin’s Governess was a woman at odds with herself as well as with her post at Bly. Vocally, she dominated her scenes" Read more »
Anne Morley-Priestman, What's on Stage
L’isola Disabitata
Linbury Studio
"Anna Devin’s tirelessly expressive Silvia flares into ardour as she discovers the flames of love." Read more »
Hillary Finch, The Times