Irish soprano Anna Devin is widely admired for her “vivid sense of bel canto style,” (The Arts Desk), “vocal control…artistry and musico-dramatic intelligence,” (Opera News).
The 2018/19 season will see her return to Teatro Real Madrid to perform in the title role of La Calisto and Pamina in Magic Flute at Irish National Opera. In concert, Anna will perform a Handel programme with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and at the Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a New Year’s Eve concert with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra.
The 2017/18 season saw Anna’s debut at Madrid’s Teatro Real as Celia in Lucio Silla, as well as her role and festival debut at the Karlsruhe festival in the title role in Semele, Tusnelda in Arminio at the International Handel Festival in Göttingen and Michal in Saul at the 2018 Glyndebourne Festival. Anna also performed in a semi-staged production of Cesare with the Early Opera Company at St John’s Smith’s Square in which her Cleopatra was described by Hugh Canning as: ‘one of the finest London has heard’.
Anna has performed on the operatic and concert stages throughout Europe and the US. Recent highlights include her debuts with La Scala, Vienna Philharmonic and Teatro Real Madrid; role and festival debut as Semele at the Karlsruhe festival; role and festival debut as Galatea in Handel’s Acis and Galatea at Mozartwoche Salzburg; role debut as Nannetta at Covent Garden; Susanna with the Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera; Michal in Glyndebourne Touring Opera’s production of Saul; Poppea in Handel’s Agrippina with Opera Collective, Ireland; appearances at the Lausanne Bach Festival and with the Seattle Symphony; and a concert tour performing Pergolesei’s Stabat Mater and Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate with frequent collaborator Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre. Her performance with Brisbane Baroque earned her the Best Supporting Singer in an Opera at the 2015 Helpmann Awards Australia.
She has earned acclaim for her performances as the Governess in Turn of the Screw, Countess Adele in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory, Marie in Fille du Regiment, Morgana, Gretel, Ilia and Semele, of which Geoff Brown writes in The Times that she sings, “with a voice as liquid and sparkling as the best champagne.”
A frequent concert performer, Ms Devin’s repertoire encompasses a vast range of sacred and secular works and she has appeared at the BBC Proms; Carnegie Hall; London Handel, Göttingen Handel, Brighton Early Music and Belfast festivals; and with the Hallé, RTÉ NSO, Ulster and Minnesota orchestras and Houston and Charlotte symphonies. She has worked with the following conductors; William Christie, Harry Bicket, Laurence Cummings, Christian Curnyn, Marc Minkowski, Sir Antonio Pappano, Sir Colin Davis, Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
An alumna of the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artist programme, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Britten-Pears YAP and the National Opera Studio, Ms Devin’s awards and honours include the Maggie Teyte and Miriam Licette Scholarships, Stuart Burrows International Voice Award, Singers’ Prize at the Gerald Moore Awards and the Audience Prize in the London Handel Singing Competition. She is also an Associate Artist with Classical Opera, with whom she records and performs regularly.
In addition to her work on stage, Ms Devin is proud to be an Ambassador for the British Dyslexia Association. She has also been open with the public through the media and events about growing up with dyslexia, saying: “Being different is not a bad thing. Not fitting in with the crowd is a blessing as we all have our own journey and being forced to find your own path brings originality.” She is passionate about nurturing new talent and has recently given masterclasses at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin.
When not on stage, Ms Devin is an avid long-distance runner and enjoys relaxing with her husband, young daughter and Norwegian Forest Cat in their Bedfordshire, UK home.