Mary Bevan trained at the Royal Academy Opera and and read Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Trinity College, Cambridge. While at the RAM, she was the winner of the prestigious Richard Lewis award, was a member of the Royal Academy Song Circle, the soprano soloist for the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series and the recipient of various other awards and prizes. Operatic highlights include Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Servilla (La clemenza di Tito) with Classical Opera, Galatea (Acis and Galatea) for Iford Arts under Christian Curnyn, the world premiere of David Bruce’s The Firework Maker’s Daughter co-commissioned by The Opera Group, Opera North and ROH2, and Barbarina and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) for Garsington Opera. As an English National Opera Harewood Artist she has sung Papagena, Second Niece (Peter Grimes), Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Barbarina, and Rebecca in the world premiere of Two Boys by Nico Muhly.
Mary’s highlights on the concert platform include Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the Prague Philharmonia, Messiah with the English Concert, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Edinburgh International Festival with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Sir Roger Norrington and Gilbert & Sullivan’s Yeomen of the Guard with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the BBC Proms.