-Flora Willson, The Guardian
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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, an Associate Artist with the Southbank Sinfonia, and a regular collaborator with guitarist Andrey Lebedev. She is also a Yeoman of the Musician’s Company, a City Music Foundation Artist, and recently won the 2019 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform.
Lotte is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music (Master of Arts- 2016) and the Conservatorium of Music at Melbourne University (Bachelor of Music- 2012), and an Australian National Academy of Music Fellowship Alumnus (2014).
Lotte is represented in Australia and New Zealand by Emblem Artists.
Read her full biography here, or scroll down for the latest news.
•UPCOMING LONDON RECITAL•
PLAY ON: LONDON POP UP
with Andrey Lebedev, guitar + DJ Cop Envy
September 20 • 8.30pm • CLF Art Cafe, Bussey Building, Peckham
September 2019: Musica Viva Australia announce their 2020 Season: Lotte and Andrey Lebedev will be presenting a recital as part of the Sydney Morning Masters Series in April 2020.
August 2019: Play On Music announces its first ever London pop up event, at which Lotte and Andrey Lebedev will present a recital followed by a set from Melbourne DJ Cop Envy. September 20, tickets here.
August 2019: Lotte receives several very positive reviews for her appearances as a guest artist at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music from the Limelight Magazine Festival Coverage. Several concerts were also recorded for broadcast and can be listened to at the ABC Classic Website, in which Lotte sings works by Chausson, Bernstein and Copland.
July 2019: Lotte debuts with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis at Hamer Hall, Melbourne, narrating Stravinsky’s Persephone to critical acclaim, and can be heard again here. The performance will also be broadcast again on ABC Classic on October 15, 8pm Australian time.
June 2019: Lotte receives glowing reviews for her appearances at Dark Mofo Festival in Tasmania with Van Diemen’s Band, performing Bach Cantata BWV 199, and for her performance of contemporary works with Rubiks Collective at Melbourne Recital Centre. Read the reviews on the press page.
May 2019: Lotte is selected for the prestigious Samling Academy and the 2019 Park Lane Group Artists.
May 2019: Lotte and regular collaborator Andrey Lebedev wow audiences at the Barbican Centre Sound Unbound Festival with their all-Brazilian Programme. Watch some clips from the shows on Lotte’s Instagram Story Highlights!
April 2019: Lotte wins the 2019 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform alongside pianist Joseph Havlat. The duo will go on to give a recital at the 2019 Festival as well as further UK appearances throughout the 2020/2021 season. The distinguished panel included Katarina Karneus, Julius Drake and John Mark Ainsley. The audition recital (Session 2) can be viewed here; Lotte’s performance begins at 53 minutes.
February 2019: Australian boutique music agency Emblem Artists announces Lotte as the newest artist to be signed for Australian and New Zealand representation. Lotte joins a select roster of renowned international musicians, including saxophonist Amy Dickson, pianist Jayson Gillham, and violinist Nicola Benedetti. See Lotte’s profile on the Emblem Artists website here.
February 2019: Lotte and guitarist Andrey Lebedev perform live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune program, with Sean Rafferty. Program included works by Britten, Dean, Morley and Jobim. Listen to the broadcast online here.
February 2019: Lotte gives her debut recital at Wigmore Hall, alongside Andrey Lebedev, as the inaugural winners of the New Elizabethan Award, alongside joint winner Jesse Flowers, guitar. The concert was very positively reviewed by Classical Guitar Magazine.
January 2019: Lotte is selected to become a Yeoman of the Musicians Company. See Lotte’s WCOM profile here.
December 2018: Lotte gives her debut concerts in New York (German Embassy NY with Hannah Harnest, piano) and France (La Cité de la Voix, Vézelay with La Vaghezza Baroque Ensemble).
November 2018: Lotte completes a successful tour of the UK with Manchester Collective in a staged production of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, with a new translation by David Pountney and introduction by BBC Radio 6’s Elizabeth Alker. Read the reviews on the press page, or watch excerpts of the performance above, or on the Manchester Collective YouTube.
August 2018: Lotte and Andrey Lebedev 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.
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.
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.