Hamlet @ Adelaide Festival

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Brett Dean's new opera Hamlet, premiered at Glyndebourne in June 2017, comes to Adelaide as the headline for the Adelaide Festival. 

Lotte joins the semi-chorus alongside singers from The Song Company.

After rapturous reviews from its world premiere at the renowned Glyndebourne Festival Opera in the UK, Neil Armfield’s production of Brett Dean’s Hamlet comes to Adelaide Festival 2018.

Shakespeare’s best-known tragedy is given new life as a darkly complex opera, in this Australia premiere and Adelaide-exclusive. The timeless tale of love, betrayal and revenge is taken to new levels through Brett Dean’s vivid and richly lyrical music, highlighted by sensational arias, ensembles and choruses.

Conducted by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Nicholas Carter, the musical grandeur of the production extends beyond the stage with a semi-chorus and extra percussion adding to an all-encompassing theatrical experience.

Leading an outstanding cast of international and Australian singers in the title role of Hamlet is the brilliant British tenor Allan Clayton, hailed as “physically vivid, emotionally affecting, psychologically astute” by The Times (UK), alongside American baritone Rod Gilfry, British tenor Kim Begley, leading Australian sopranos Cheryl Barker and Lorina Gore, American counter-tenor Christopher Lowrey and British counter-tenor Rupert Enticknap.

Librettist Matthew Jocelyn
Conductor Nicholas Carter
Director Neil Armfield
Set Designer Ralph Myers
Costume Designer Alice Babidge
Lighting Designer Jon Clark
Movement Director and Assistant Director Denni Sayers
Chorus Master Brett Weymark

With the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the State Opera of South Australia Chorus

More information on the Adelaide Festival website.

The Debussy Project: Melbourne Art Song Collective @ Melbourne Recital Centre

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Melbourne Art Song Collective celebrates the music of Claude Debussy. MASC has also commissioned new songs from four Australian composers in response to Debussy’s piano preludes.

The texts are taken from the work of Cassie Lewis’s recently published collection, ‘The Blue Decodes.’ Cassie is a Melbourne-born poet, currently resident in New York. The four composers whose new work will be featured are Matan Franco, Lisa Illean and Jack Symonds.


Claude Debussy
Preludes, Book I – 7. Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest (‘What the West Wind Has Seen’)

Matan Franco
This Story

Claude Debussy
Preludes, Book I – 4. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir (‘The sounds and fragrances swirl through the evening air’)

Lisa Illean

Claude Debussy
Preludes, Book I – 9. La sérénade interrompue (‘Interrupted Serenade’)

Claude Debussy
Preludes, Book I – 10. La cathédrale engloutie (‘The Submerged Cathedral’)

Jack M Symonds

Claude Debussy
Trois Poemes de Stephane Mallarme

Play On: Lotte Betts-Dean + Penny Quartet

Collingwood Housing Estate (map)

You may have thought your days of hanging out in car parks were over, but Melbourne's newest music event looks set to change that. Play On brings a unique combination of live classical and electronic music to the underground car park at the Collingwood Housing Estate, with tickets starting at a cool $12 a pop.

The event presents classical music outside of traditional performance venues, making it both an accessible and pretty magical experience in a space that welcomes music lovers from all walks of life.

Lotte is joined by Melbourne's Penny Quartet for a beautiful and varied program of music for voice and string quartet, including works by Respighi, Brahms, Barber, Schumann and Nico Muhly.

Read more about the Play On Project at http://playonmusic.com.au

A Tasmanian Requiem

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A Tasmanian Requiem is an ambitious musical and visual conception that faces a past
haunted by the terrible legacy of the Black War of Van Diemen’s Land.

This groundbreaking collaboration between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists
acknowledges the impact of frontier conflict, and the strength, beauty and resilience of Tasmanian Aboriginal culture. A necessary and redemptive journey, this Requiem
commemorates the irretrievable loss of innocence, and the power of truth and spirit.

Based loosely on the Requiem Mass and performed in English, Latin and Tasmania
Aboriginal languages, this unique performance experience fuses film, language and live music.

Performed by Tasmania’s premiere brass ensemble, the Island Brass Quintet, with an
extraordinary classical and contemporary vocal mix, A Tasmanian Requiem is at once
disturbing and uplifting, a musical gift for a shared future.

Composer: Helen Thomson
Writers: Greg Lehman, Jim Everett-puralia meenamatta and Frances Butler
Musical Director: Gary Wain
Visual Design: Julie Gough

Performed by:
Dewayne Everettsmith
Madelena Andersen-Ward
Helen Thomson
Amelia Jones
Lotte Betts-Dean
Tom Buckmaster
Stephen Grant
and the Island Brass Quintet:
Yoram Levy
Glenn Schultz
Mandy Parsons
David Robins
Tim Jones

Read more about this project here.

Voice + Guitar Recital @ Gower Festival, Wales

St Cadoc's Church Cheriton (map)

Andrey Lebedev and Lotte return to Wales to perform the first of two recitals at the Gower Festival. An evening of guitar music by candlelight with vocal accompaniment in the spectacular setting of St Cadoc’s Church, Cheriton. 

Details of this recital at the Gower Festival website.

Voice + Guitar Recital @ Gower Festival, Wales

St Andrew's Church Penrice (map)

Lotte and Andrey perform a one hour summer’s afternoon programme of guitar music with vocal accompaniment in the delightful St Andrew’s Church, Penrice for the Gower Festival, Wales.

Find out more at the Gower Festival website.

Southbank Sinfonia @ La Mortella, Ischia

As the new Associate Artist with Southbank Sinfonia, Lotte joins the orchestra on their tour to Ischia and Tuscany in July this year.

La Mortella is the spectacular subtropical and mediterranean garden developed since 1956 by the late Susana Walton, Argentinian wife of the British composer Sir William Walton. It is near Forio, a village in the Island Ischia, in the bay of Naples. It can be visited from April through October. Designed by landscape architect Russell Page, La Mortella is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful private gardens of Italy.


Southbank Sinfonia @ Anghiari Festival, Tuscany

Lotte joins Southbank Sinfonia on their tour to Ischia and Tuscany. 

This concert will be the opening concert of the Anghiari Festival. 

Every July, Southbank Sinfonia makes its home at the Anghiari Festival in Tuscany. For a week, orchestral, choral and chamber music abounds from every piazza, church and cloister of this beautiful hill-town overlooking the Tiber valley.

The festival is renowned for its friendly informality, spectacular setting away from the tourist trail and the chance to enjoy a great range of classical music up close every day.

With something to suit every musical taste, and taking in the historic setting of both Anghiari and its surrounding towns and villages, the Anghiari Festival is truly one of the highlights of the Southbank Sinfonia year.

The 2018 Anghiari Festival will take place from Saturday 21 July to Friday 27 July.

Find out more here.

City Music Foundation Residency Recital @ Wallace Collection

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Lotte performs a lunchtime recital alongside pianist Joseph Havlat for the City Music Foundation Summer Residency at the Wallace Collection. Held in the stunning Great Gallery, each concert commences at 1.00pm and lasts just under an hour- this recital will feature French repertoire.




  • Voice + Guitar Australian Tour with Andrey Lebedev: Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra, Mildura Summer Festival, Jan 22-28 2018
  • French Baroque Cantatas in Launceston and Hobart with Van Diemen's Band and Martin Gester from Le Parlement de Musique, Jan 19-20 2018
  • Echoes of the Celts with La Compania at Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields, Jan 13 2018
  • French Baroque Arias with Genesis Baroque at the Peninsula Summer Music Festival, Jan 6 2018
  • Australian National Tour of Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Australian Chamber Orchestra and Choir of London, Dec 3-10 2017
  • Ibiza Classics with Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley, November 1-3 2017, Sydney and Melbourne
  • Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award with Southbank Sinfonia (winner), October 26, London
  • Voice + Guitar with Andrey Lebedev at Brickwall Music Society, October 20, East Sussex
  • David Lang's Little Match Girl Passion at Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, October 15, VIC
  • New Zealand BRAVA Tour with The 7 Sopranos, September 19-24, NZ
  • Alice Chance's Fiat Lux with The Song Company, Sydney 
  • Ensemble x.y at St Martin in the Fields, September 12, London