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Australian mezzo soprano Lotte Betts-Dean's performance experience encompasses opera, oratorio, contemporary music, art song recital/chamber music, early music and non-classical collaborations. She is based in London and works internationally, most often in the UK and Australia. She completed a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music studying under Catherine Benson and Audrey Hyland in 2016. Prior to relocating to London, she received her BMus in 2012 from the Conservatorium of Music at Melbourne University, completed a Fellowship at the Australian National Academy of Music in 2014, and sang several principal roles in predominantly contemporary operas with state company Victorian Opera. She has studied in Milan (Accademia Teatro alla Scala), privately in New York, and at the 2016 Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt with Donatienne Michel-Dansac and the Vocalsolisten Stuttgart. Concert highlights with RAM included various chamber music events, performances at the Aldeburgh Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival and a solo recital at Bristol's Colston Hall, as well as a masterclass with Sir Thomas Allen. Other recent highlights include appearing with Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra on their Ibiza Classics Australian tour, a tour of New Zealand with The 7 Sopranos, as well as performances at Wigmore Hall, Buxton Festival, St John's Smith Square, St-Martin-In-The-Fields, Cheltenham Festival, Llandeilo Festival, Norfolk Festival, Handel House Museum, Australia House, St James' Palace and Dartington Festival. She is a member of new music Ensemble x.y, and is an Associate Artist of the Southbank Sinfonia, after winning the 2017 Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award.
She reached the semi finals of the Das Lied International Song Competition as well as the 2017 Wigmore Hall Song Competition alongside pianist Hannah Harnest.

Upcoming engagements include a concert at Kansas Smitty's London, tours with Australian Chamber Orchestra/Choir of London, Hamlet at the Adelaide Festival, recitals in several Australian festivals, and a concert tour with guitarist Andrey Lebedev. For details, see Schedule.


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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