-Flora Willson, The Guardian
Welcome to the website of Australian vocalist Lotte Betts-Dean.
Lotte is a mezzo soprano whose performance experience encompasses contemporary repertoire, early music, art song, opera, experimental music and non-classical collaborations. She is a vocalist with ensemble x.y and is an Associate Artist with the Southbank Sinfonia.
Lotte is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music (Master of Arts) and the Conservatorium of Music at Melbourne University (Bachelor of Music), and an Australian National Academy of Music Fellowship Alumnus.
Read her full biography here, or scroll down for the latest news.
August 2018: Lotte’s collaboration with guitarist Andrey Lebedev continues to thrive- the duo were announced as the winners of the Inaugural Musician’s Company New Elizabethan Award, celebrating British guitar chamber music. The distinguished Panel comprised Judith Weir CBE, Dame Emma Kirkby, John Gilhooly OBE, Nigel North, Craig Ogden and Fabio Zanon, with Michael Lewin (Senior Warden) as non-voting chairman. This award will see Lotte and Andrey give a recital at Wigmore Hall and various other venues throughout 2019.
This summer also took Lotte and Andrey to the Gower Festival, Lewes Festival of Song, the City Music Foundation Lunchtime Recital Series at St Bart’s The Less, and to Provence, for a week of masterclasses with Imogen Cooper and Wolfgang Holzmair as the inaugural art song bursars of the Imogen Cooper Music Trust.
July 2018: As Associate Artist with the Southbank Sinfonia, Lotte enjoyed a string of concerts with this energetic young orchestra throughout the summer, starting with a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony as part of the Waterloo Festival, also featuring soloists Anush Hovhannisyan, Jihoon Kim and David Webb. Following this, Lotte toured to Italy with the orchestra, performing Respighi, Mozart and Rossini arias at La Mortella on the island of Ischia, and at the opening concert of the Anghiari Festival in Tuscany.
June 2018: With the support of City Music Foundation, Lotte presented one of her most ambitious programs to date, alongside longtime collaborator Andrey Lebedev. Centred around David Lang’s song cycle death speaks, this concert explored the subject of death through several centuries of music, including music by Kurtag, Dowland, Bach, Ravel, Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie and Schubert. Read an interview about the project with Lotte here. Also for the City Music Foundation, Lotte presented a recital of French arias and chanson at The Wallace Collection in London in July.
May 2018: After starting the year in Australia, Lotte returned to the UK for performances at The Red House. Aldeburgh for the Britten-Pears Foundation, the Launch Concert of the Hatfield House.Chamber Music Festival and a performance of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with The Harry Ensemble.
March-April 2018: A busy month in Australia saw Lotte sing with Song Company in Dean's Hamlet and step in short notice for The Lost and Found Orchestra (both at Adelaide Festival), a solo recital at Melbourne Recital Centre featuring 4 world premieres of new Australian works, and a sold out performance at the hit Melbourne concert series Play On with the Penny Quartet, featuring the Australian premiere of Nico Muhly's So Many Things. Read CutCommon's interview with Nico about this performance and work here. Following this Lotte performed in the acclaimed world premiere of Helen Thomson’s A Tasmanian Requiem, a bold new work addressing the Tasmanian Black War, at the Theatre Royal Hobart. Read the reviews here.
January 2018: Lotte is named as one of the five new City Music Foundation Artists for 2017. This exclusive London-based program involves one to one business mentoring and a range of workshops, delivered over a 2 year period alongside multiple performance opportunities and development of personalised promotional tools. Read more about the CMF here, or visit Lotte's CMF Artist page here.
January 2018: ABC Classic FM broadcasts a concert of French Baroque music featuring Lotte with Van Diemen's Band and French harpsichordist Martin Gester. The program featured cantatas by Monteclair and Stuck, and can be streamed here.
December 2017: Lotte receives praise in the Australian media for Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Choir of London and Australian Chamber Orchestra. Read the reviews on the media page.
November 2017: Lotte joins international DJ and BBC Radio 1 Host Pete Tong for his Australian Ibiza Classics Tour
October 2017: Lotte wins the 2017 Southbank Sinfonia Peter Hulsen Orchestral Award and becomes the London orchestra's newest Associate Artist for the coming season. Read her Orchestra profile here.
October 2017: Lotte and Joseph Havlat's recital featuring Messiaen's Harawi is broadcast on 3MBS FM's Melbourne in Concert Program, alongside a live interview with presenter Stewart Kelly.
September 2017: Lotte and pianist Hannah Harnest reach the semi finals of the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition
August 2017: Lotte is profiled and interviewed in the Australian Women London blog. Check it out here
July 2017: Lotte and guitarist Andrey Lebedev receive a glowing review in The Guardian for their recital at Buxton International Festival. Read it on the Guardian website here
April 2017: Lotte wins Robert Salzer Foundation Scholarship, Jean Brunning Memorial People's Choice Award and Kaye Allen Memorial Award for Best Program at the Lieder Society of Victoria's National Liederfest, Melbourne
April 2017: Lotte and pianist Joseph Havlat receive praise for their recitals of Messiaen's Harawi: Songs of Love and Death in Melbourne and Hobart. Read the reviews on the media page
March 2017: Lotte and pianist Hannah Harnest reach the semi finals of Das Lied International Song Competition held in Heidelberg, Germany. Watch their first round performance here