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Australian mezzo soprano Lotte Betts-Dean is a versatile and dynamic concert artist, whose performance experience encompasses opera, oratorio, contemporary music, art song recital/chamber music, early music and non-classical collaborations. She has been based in London since 2014 and works internationally, most often in the UK and Australia. Lotte is Associate Artist with Southbank Sinfonia, and is a member of London-based contemporary music group Ensemble x.y. She is also a City Music Foundation Artist for 2017-2019, recently won the 2019 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, and was selected as a 2020 Samling Young Artist. Lotte is a regular collaborator with guitarist Andrey Lebedev with whom she won the inaugural 2018 New Elizabethan Award. Lotte is one 2018 bursars with the Imogen Cooper Music Trust and in 2019 became a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

In the UK, Lotte has performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, St John's Smith Square, St Martin In The Fields, Cadogan Hall, Wiltshire Music Centre, The Wallace Collection, Handel & Hendrix House, St James’ Palace and Colston Hall Bristol, and festival appearances include Buxton International Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Barbican Centre Sound Unbound, Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival, Llandeilo Fawr Festival, Lewes Festival of Song, Two Moors Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Oxford Lieder, Norfolk & Norwich, Gower Festival and Dartington Festival. She has appeared with several UK and European ensembles including Manchester Collective, Choir of London, English Chamber Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia, La Vaghezza and the Heritage Orchestra/DJ Pete Tong.

In Australia, she has performed at the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne’s Hamer Hall and Melbourne Recital Centre and has collaborated with many celebrated Australian ensembles and organisations including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (under Sir Andrew Davis) Australian Chamber Orchestra, Van Diemen’s Band, Rubiks Collective, Dots+Loops, Play On Music, The Song Company, and La Compania Renaissance Band. She has appeared at major Australian festivals including Dark Mofo, Adelaide Festival and the 2019 Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Lotte has sung several principal roles in predominantly contemporary operas with companies such as Sydney Chamber Opera and Victorian Opera, after debuting with VO in De Falla's El retablo de Maese Pedro in 2012. Lotte’s singing has been broadcast regularly on ABC Classic and 3MBS FM in Australia, WQXR FM New York and BBC Radio 3 in the UK.

Elsewhere, Lotte has performed in France (La Cite De La Voix, Vezelay), Germany (Musikfest Erzgebirge and Kronenboden Berlin), Italy (Anghiari Festival and La Mortella, Ischia), at the German Embassy in New York, and with new music group Chamber Cartel in Atlanta, USA.

She has been a featured singer on two Australian-produced albums, La Compania’s Destino Mexicano (2013) and Stuart Greenbaum’s Mondrian Interiors (2016), and is a featured artist on three upcoming releases with Ormond Quartet (Tall Poppies), Andrey Lebedev/Brett Dean (BIS) and S.O.L Collective.

Current season highlights include performances at the British Embassy in Rome, recitals in France alongside pianist David Selig, recitals in Holland alongside pianist Somi Kim, a return to Australia for concerts with Musica Viva and Melbourne Recital Centre, and a collaboration with Australian quartet Affinity Collective. At home in the UK, Lotte performs at Oxford Lieder Festival, St Johns Smith Square, London Song Festival, Aberystwyth Music Centre, Matlock Music and The Red House Aldeburgh among others.

Lotte graduated with an MA (Distinction) from the Royal Academy of Music in 2016, where she studied with Catherine Benson and Audrey Hyland. While at RAM, Lotte performed regularly in chamber music and contemporary music events, was a member of the RAM Song Circle, and a soloist for the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series. She performed in masterclasses with Sir Thomas Allen, Bengt Forsberg and Dame Felicity Lott and was supported by the Josephine Baker Trust. She received her BMus in 2012 from the Conservatorium of Music at Melbourne University and completed a Fellowship at the Australian National Academy of Music in 2014. She has also studied in Milan (Accademia Teatro alla Scala), privately in New York, and at the 2016 Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt with Donatienne Michel-Dansac and the Vokalsolisten Stuttgart. She currently studies with Australian mezzo soprano Caitlin Hulcup.

Lotte has been a prize winner in several competitions, most recently winning the 2019 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform. She also won the 2018 inaugural Musicians Company New Elizabethan Award alongside Andrey Lebedev, and the 2017 Southbank Sinfonia Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award. In 2017 Lotte also reached the semi finals of the Das Lied International Song Competition in Heidelberg as well as the Wigmore Hall Song Competition alongside pianist Hannah Harnest. Prior to moving to London, Lotte won several awards and competitions in Australia including the Acclaim Awards MCM Prize (2014), the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria (2012), the Mietta Song Competition (2012) the National Liederfest (2012, 2017) and several prizes while a student at Melbourne Conservatorium.


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La Compañía- Destino Mexicano

Lotte features on an album of late-Renaissance Mexican songs alongside tenor Daniel Thomson and the La Compania Renaissance Band, directed by Danny Lucin. Recorded in Melbourne and released in 2014, this album was praised by several publications including Gramophone Magazine, International Record Review UK, Early Music Oxford Journal OUP, and Historic Brass Society US.

 
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Australian Voices: Stuart Greenbaum Mondrian Interiors

From 2011 to 2015, the Australian National Academy of Music and the Melbourne Recital Centre presented the Australian Voices concert series, celebrating significant Australian composers. Included was a programme of chamber works by Stuart Greenbaum (b. 1966). This recording, released on ANAM’s own imprint, features Greenbaum's chamber works. Lotte features on Four Finalities, a song cycle with text by Ross Baglin.

 

Lotte will be a featured artist on three upcoming releases with Ormond Quartet (on Tall Poppies), Andrey Lebedev/Brett Dean (on BIS) and with S.O.L Collective, alongside Jamiroquai’s Stuart Zender.

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SELECTED REPERTOIRE

ORATORIO/CONCERT/OPERA

ADAMS                        Nixon In China (Nancy T'ng)
BACH                           Weihnachtsoratorium

                                    Magnificat

                                    Mattheuspassion

                                    Johannespassion

                                    Mass in G BWV 236

                                    Cantata BWV 85 Ich bin ein guter Hirt

                                    Cantata BWV 165 O Heilges Geist und Wasserbad
BEETHOVEN                Symphony No 9
BRITTEN                      A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia)
CHARPENTIER             Messe de Minuit
DE FALLA                     El retablo de Maese Pedro (El Trujaman- The Boy Narrator)

                                   El Sombrero De Tres Picos 

                                   El Amor Brujo
ELGAR                        The Music Makers

                                  Sea Pictures
FAURE                        Tantum Ergo
HANDEL                    Messiah
HAYDN                     Harmoniemesse 

                                 Stabat Mater 

                                 Paukenmesse
MAHLER                    Kindertotenlieder
MENDELSSOHN       Elijah
MILLS                       The Magic Pudding (Premiere- Benjamin) 
MOZART                  Kroenungsmesse

                                Requiem  

                                Laudate Dominum

                                Le Nozze di Figaro (Cherubino)
RAMEAU                  Hippolyte et Aricie (Phedre)
ROGEON                La Danse de Jean Francois (premiere)
SAINT SAENS         Oratorio De Noel
SMETANIN             Mayakovsky (World Premiere- Elsa)
TCHAIKOVSKY        Eugene Onegin (Filipyevna, Olga)
VIVALDI                   Gloria

CHAMBER MUSIC
BACH                      Solo Cantata BWV 199 Mein Herze schwimmt in Blut

                                Solo Cantata BWV 84 Ich bin vergnuegt mit meinem Gluecke

                                Solo Cantata BWV 82 Ich habe genug

                                Motets Jesu meine freude, Komm Jesu Komm
BARBER                    Dover Beach for voice and quartet
BRITTEN                   Phaedra for voice and large ensemble

                                Songs from the Chinese for voice and guitar

                                Folksongs for voice and guitar
BRAHMS                  Ophelia Lieder for voice and quartet
BERIO                       Folksongs for voice and ensemble
BOULEZ                    Le marteau sans maitre for voice and six instruments
CALIX                        Looking for Cowslips for soprano, clarinet, viola, cello, piano, electronics
COPLAND                As it fell upon a day for voice, flute and clarinet
CRUMB                   Night of the Four Moons for voice, flute, e-cello, percussion, banjo
CHAUSSON            Chanson Perpetuelle for voice and quartet
ENO                        Music for Airports for vocal ensemble and instruments
GREENBAUM           Four Finalities for voice cor anglais and harp
HONEGGER            Paques a New York for voice and quartet
MARTIN                   Trois chants de Noel for voice flute and piano
REICH                      Drumming for percussion ensemble, 2 voices and piccolo
RESPIGHI                 Il tramonto for voice and string quartet
SCHUBERT               Auf dem Strom for voice horn and piano
SUTHERLAND           The Orange Tree for voice clarinet and piano
STANHOPE               Songs for the Shadowlands for voice & wind quintet (premiere)
STRAVINSKY              Pribaoutki for voice and ensemble

                                  A Soldier’s Tale for voice and ensemble
STRAUSS                   Alphorn for voice horn and piano
TURNAGE                 Twice through the heart for voice and ensemble (Aus premiere)

ART SONG
BARBER                       Selections from Hermit Songs
BARTOK                      Selections from Oet dal
BERG                          4 Lieder Op 2

                                   Sieben Fruehe Lieder                                   
BERLIOZ                     Les nuits d'ete
BENDIX                      4 Sange Op 3
BOULANGER, L           Pie Jesu
BRAHMS                     Various lieder including Opus 32
BRIDGE                       Love went a riding
BRITTEN                      Irish, French, British Folksongs
CANTELOUBE            Chants D’Auvergne
CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO Sonetti di Petrarca, L’infinito
DAVIES (TANSY)          Destroying Beauty, 
DEAN (BRETT)              Poems and Prayers

                                    Gertrude Fragments (world premiere)
DEBUSSY                     Trois Chansons de Bilitis

                                    Fetes Galantes

                                    Trois Chants de France
DVORAK                       Biblical Songs
FAURE                           Various melodie
GADE                            Various Danish songs
GRIEG                          Haugtussa

                                    Norge Op 54

                                    Romanser Op 15
HAHN                          Various melodie
HARVEY                        Ah Sunflower
IVES                             Various songs
JANACEK                     Selections from Moravska lidova poezie v pisnich
KOCH, von                   Exotiska Sanger
KORNGOLD                 Sonett fuer Wien op 41

                                     4 Lieder des Abschieds Op 14
LISZT                             Various lieder
MAHLER, A                    Selections from 5 Lieder
MEDTNER                     Various songs
MESSIAEN                   Selections from Poemes pour Mi

                                    Trois Melodies

                                    Harawi Songs of Love and Death
POULENC                    Selections from Fiancailles pour rire
PURCELL                        Various songs
RACHMANINOFF         Various songs
RAVEL                            Histoires Naturelles

                                     4 Melodies populaires grecques
RAUTAVAARA                Maailman Uneen 3 Songs
REGER                          Geistliches Lied
RESPIGHI                      Sei Liriche
SCHREKER                    5 Gesaenge fuer tiefe Stimme
SCHUBERT                    Various lieder
SCHUMANN                Frauenliebe Und Leben
SCHOENBERG             Selections from Das Buch der Haengenden Garten

                                     4 Lieder Op 2
SHOSTAKOVICH           Spanish Songs op 100
SIBELIUS                        5 sanger Op 37
TCHAIKOVSKY              Various Songs
WEBERN                        4 Lieder Op 12
WEILL                             Various songs
WEIR                              Songs from the Exotic
WOLF                             Various lieder including Spanisches Liederbuch
ZEMLINSKY                    Irmelin Rose und andere Gesaenge op 7