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

Wallace Collection (map)

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.



Homage a Brahms @ Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival

After helping launch the festival in April, Lotte is joined by Tom Poster, piano, Melvyn Tan (piano) and her father Brett Dean (viola) for a recital celebrating Brahms featuring Brahms lieder, his Geistliche Lieder Op 91 for voice viola and piano, Dean's "Homage a Brahms' and the Schumann Maerchenbilder, op 113.

Read more and book tickets to this wonderful festival here.

Storytelling @ Royal Academy of Music

Isabella Gellis conductor
Lotte Betts-Dean mezzo-soprano
Joseph Havlat piano

Toch Egon und Emilie, Op 46
Poulenc L’histoire de Babar, le petit éléphant
Isabella Gellis new opera (world premiere)

Toch’s rarely performed Egon und Emilie, a subtle and crisp parody of German opera in the early 20th century, and Poulenc’s L’histoire de Babar, the setting of Jean de Brunhoff’s much-loved children’s book, are performed alongside the premiere of Isabella Gellis’s new chamber opera: an absurdist fantasy for which the libretto is a direct transcription of a video made by her sister as a child.

This event is free! More details on the Royal Academy of Music Website.

Ration Book 1940s Feast @ Two Moors Festival

From the Two Moors Website...

Programme to include songs from the forties made popular by the great Vera Lynn, The Andrews Sisters and Gracie Fields including Nice work if you can get it, I got rhythm, That old black magic, In the Mood, We’ll meet again and There’ll always be an England.

Corned Beef Fritters, Eggless Sponge and Spam Hash, Glory Buns, Potato Rarebit and Irish Soda Bread, Root Vegetable Soup, Bubble & Squeak and Brown Betty... prepare to be pleasantly surprised at how wartime rations were transformed into the most delicious dishes - which also turned out to be good for the nation’s waistlines and general health too! 
We couldn’t put on a feast without a concert alongside it, and we are delighted that mezzo sopranos Lotte Betts- Dean (a City Music Foundation artist), Charlotte Hewett and Fleur Barron with Johan Barnoin at the piano, will present a glorious programme of songs that were familiar at the time and loved by the population at large.

Tickets £50

Book tickets to this fascinating event here.

Dame Felicity Lott Masterclass @ Two Moors Festival

Dame Felicity Lott’s masterclass will focus on French Song – a genre for which she is justifiably renowned. Dame Felicity has a degree in French and Latin from Royal Holloway College and, in addition to her fame as a distinguished soprano, she is President of the Amis de Francis Poulenc.

More details for this event here.


  • Recitals at Gower Festival, Wales and Lewes Festival of Song, East Sussex with guitarist Andrey Lebedev, July 2018
  • Lieder and art song recital with Keval Shah, piano at Omnibus Theatre Clapham, featuring songs by Schubert, Schumann, Haydn, Sibelius, Debussy and De Falla, June 2018
  • Concept concert with City Music Foundation featuring David Lang's death speaks and works by Schubert, Dowland, Radiohead, Purcell, Kurtag, Ravel and Death Cab For Cutie at Barts Pathology Museum London, also featuring Andrey Lebedev, Iona Allan violin and Joseph Havlat piano, June 2018
  • Beethoven 9 with Southbank Sinfonia as part of the Waterloo Festival alongside soloists Anush Hovhannisyan, David Webb and Jihoon Kim and conductor James Hendry, June 2018
  • Recital of Bridge and Britten songs at The Red House, Aldeburgh for the Britten-Pears Foundation featuring Bridge's own viola, with Joshua Hayward, viola and Somi Kim, piano, April 2018
  • Launch concert of Guy Johnston's Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival, Hertfordshire, alongside Tom Poster, piano, April 2018
  • Role of Earth Voice in Helen Thomson's world premiere A Tasmanian Requiem, Hobart Theatre Royal April 2018
  • Performances at Adelaide Festival in Brett Dean's Hamlet and with The Lost And Found Orchestra, March 2018
  • Debussy Project with Eidit Golder of Melbourne Art Song Collective at Melbourne Recital Centre 20, March 2018
  • A sold out debut at Play On Melbourne with Penny Quartet, March 2018
  • Voice + Guitar Australian Tour with Andrey Lebedev: Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra, Mildura Summer Festival, Jan 2018
  • French Baroque Cantatas in Launceston and Hobart with Van Diemen's Band and Martin Gester from Le Parlement de Musique, Jan 2018
  • Echoes of the Celts with La Compania at Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields, Jan 2018
  • French Baroque Arias with Genesis Baroque at the Peninsula Summer Music Festival, Jan 2018
  • Australian National Tour of Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Australian Chamber Orchestra and Choir of London, Dec 2017
  • Ibiza Classics with Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley, November 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