June-August 2019 Australian Tour

Lotte performs in Brisbane, Hobart, Sydney and Melbourne between June and August 2019.

Three performances during this period are yet to be announced. Stay tuned on my website to keep up date with my Australian performance plans!

Berio Folk Songs with Ensemble Q

Griffith Conservatorium Theatre (map)

Lotte Betts-Dean returns to Australia to join Ensemble Q in a program highlighting extraordinary and engaging masterpieces of the 20th century chamber music repertoire. Ligeti's cheeky, charming and brilliantly virtuosic Six Bagatelles get us off to an exhilarating start before we visit the great Polish master Lutoslawski. Ravel's exquisite Introduction and Allegro for Harp and ensemble, Britten's utterly compelling Phantasy Quartet for oboe and strings and Webern's beautiful and rare tonal exploration for string quartet, the Langsamer Satz. Binding this entire journey together are the rarely heard and sensational Folk Songs by Luciano Berio, performed by Lotte.

Tickets available here.

Dark Mofo Festival with Van Diemen's Band

Hobart Town Hall (map)

Van Diemen’s Band play the Hobart Town Hall as part of Tasmania’s infamous Dark Mofo Festival. Baroque orchestral meditations on mortality and sin, juxtaposed with new works by Icelandic composer Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, featuring Lotte.

Dietrich Becker, Pavan

Franz Tunder, Motet ‘Ach Herr, lass deine lieben Engelein’

Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Clockworking

J.S Bach, Lamento ‘Ach dass ich wassers genug hätte’

Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Sleeping Pendulum

J.S Bach, Cantata BWV 199, ‘Mein Herze shwimmt im Blut’

Saturday 22 June, 4–5.10pm + 7–8.10pm Hobart Town Hall

$39–$59 + booking fee

Door sales $45–$65 (subject to capacity)

Hush with Rubiks Collective @ Melbourne Recital Centre

Melbourne Recital Centre (map)

In ‘Hush’, Rubiks present five contemporary works exploring the power of voice, breath and gesture. Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh’s ‘The thin air between skins’ explores shimmering, nuanced exchanges between performers, Annika Socolofsky’s sextet invokes the fragility and fury of the female voice, and human and machine duel in Dmitri Tymoczko’s world premiere song cycle featuring acclaimed London-based mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts- Dean.

Annika Socolofsky Don’t Say a Word*
Erin Gee Mouthpiece 28*
Amy-Beth Kirsten World Under Glass No.2*
Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh The thin air between skins
Dmitri Tymoczko Ghosts**^

* Australian premiere
** World Premiere
^ Rubiks Commission


Tickets available here.

La Vaghezza @ Derby Cathedral

Derby Cathedral (map)

Lotte joins La Vaghezza for a recital at Derby Cathedral.

Biber Annunciation, from the Rosary Sonatas
Merula Hor che è tempo di dormire, Fuge et veni dilecte mi
Byrd Pavane and Galliard from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book
Purcell The blessed Virgin’s expostulation, Z 196
Marini Sonata ‘La Variata’, Op 8
Cima Sonata a violino e violone, ‘Concerti Ecclesiastici’
Donati O gloriosa Domina
Michi Ninna nanna alla napolitana

Ticket booking details to come.

La Vaghezza @ Buxton International Festival

Lotte joins Italian baroque ensemble La Vaghezza in a program honouring Mother and Child at the Buxton International Festival. Tickets and details on the Festival website.

Biber Annunciation, from the Rosary Sonatas
Merula Hor che è tempo di dormire, Fuge et veni dilecte mi
Byrd Pavane and Galliard from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book
Purcell The blessed Virgin’s expostulation, Z 196
Marini Sonata ‘La Variata’, Op 8
Cima Sonata a violino e violone, ‘Concerti Ecclesiastici’
Donati O gloriosa Domina
Michi Ninna nanna alla napolitana

La Vaghezza has quickly become one of the most sought after chamber ensembles in the European early music scene. The programme for this concert is inspired by a pivotal icon in Western culture and spirituality – the Virgin Mary. Michaelangelo’s Pietà is an unforgettable rendering of the Madonna – holding her dying son in her arms; this single infinite gesture of maternal love shows her bowing to destiny. It is through the words hidden behind her silence that the music of this programme is born, recreating this singular relationship between mother and son, full of love and suffering.

Stravinsky with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra + Sir Andrew Davis

Hamer Hall (map)

Lotte makes her debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, under Sir Andrew Davis, as the narrator in Stravinsky’s Persephone.

This concert also includes Stravinsky’s masterpiece The Rite of Spring.

Concert details and tickets available on the MSO Website.

Sir Andrew Davis conductor
Paul Groves tenor
Lotte Betts-Dean narrator 
Australian Girls Choir
National Boys Choir
MSO Chorus

Stravinsky Perséphone
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

2019 Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Lotte is one of the guest artists in the 2019 AFCM, directed by pianist Kathryn Stott.

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music is a friendly, unique and internationally acclaimed event presenting a 10 day program of over 30 concerts and special events. Experience the world’s finest chamber musicians performing in various combinations exclusively in the tropical winter warmth of Townsville, North Queensland

See details at the Festival website.

Lotte’s Festival Events:

FRIDAY 26 JULY

Coates: Bird Songs at Eventide with Aura Go (piano)

Townsville Civic Theatre - Opening Night Concert - Creations

SATURDAY 27 JULY

Copland: Old American Songs with Timothy Young (piano)

I. Boatman’s Dance 
II. Simple Gifts 
III. At the River

Townsville Civic Theatre - Ray Golding Sunset Series - Czech it Out!

SUNDAY 28 JULY

Music to include: Piazzolla, Morricone, Bernstein and Parker/Charles

Queens Gardens - Queens Gardens Concert

MONDAY 29 JULY

Bernstein: La Bonne Cuisine and other songs with Kathryn Stott (piano)

Townsville Civic Theatre - Ray Golding Sunset Series - A Tale of Two Cities: Brisbane/Boston

MONDAY 29 JULY

Chausson: Chanson perpétuelle for voice and piano quintet, Op.37 with Kathryn Stott (piano), Alexandra Conunova (violin), Elizabeth Layton (violin), Christopher Moore (viola), Svetlana Bogosavljevic (cello)

Townsville Civic Theatre - Evening Series - A Tale of Two Cities: Moscow/Paris

WEDNESDAY 31 JULY

Brahms: 2 Songs for Alto, viola and piano, Op.91 with Christopher Moore (viola), Aura Go (piano)

The Pavilion, The Ville Resort - Casino - Concert Conversations 3 with Kathryn Stott

WEDNESDAY 31 JULY

Respighi: Il tramonto with Elizabeth Layton (violin), Yura Lee (violin), Jennifer Stumm (viola), Svetlana Bogosavljevic (cello) 

Townsville Civic Theatre - Evening Series - Ghostly Shadows

THURSDAY 1 AUGUST

Dowland: Flow my tears with Ruth Wall (harp)

Townsville Civic Theatre - Ray Golding Sunset Series - Baroque Around the Clock

FRIDAY 2 AUGUST

Canteloube: Chants d’Auvergne with Charles Owen (piano)
Baïlèro (Series 1 No. 2) 
Malurous qu’o uno fenno (Series 3 No.5)
La Delaïssádo (Series 2 No.4)

Anon: My Lagan Love with Ruth Wall (harp)

Townsville Civic Theatre - Evening Series - Homelands

SATURDAY 3 AUGUST

Coates: By the Sleepy Lagoon with all musicians

Townsville Civic Theatre - Festival Farewell Concert - Full Circle

Messiaen's Harawi @ Dartington Festival

Dartington Hall (map)

Lotte and pianist Joseph Havlat perform Messiaen’s masterwork Harawi: Chants de l’amour et de mort at the Dartington International Festival and Summer School.

A rare chance to hear Messiaen’s epic, Wagner-inspired Tristan song cycle written in 1945, drawing on symbolist poetry and love songs of the South American Andes, performed by two of Australia’s rising stars.

Full details at the Festival website.

Kurt Weill's Seven Deadly Sins

Lotte performs Kurt Weill’s masterpiece Die sieben Todsünden at the Opera In The City Festival, directed by Emma Muir-Smith.

The festival aims to create a new hub for classical music right in the heart of the City of London, presenting innovative productions which push the boundaries of classical music. Strong stories, intriguing characters and performances in new, English translations attract regular opera-goers and those new to opera alike. Opera in the City Festival focuses on rarely performed pieces and new, experimental works, and provides a space to for fresh and bold work, created by some of the most exciting emerging British and International artists. 

More details in the coming months.

Rhone River Art, Music and Wine Cruise

Lotte performs as part of the musical entertainment on the Art Music and Wine in Southern France cruise, with musical direction by ABC Classic FM presenter Christopher Lawrence. Full details on the Renaissance Tours website.

Journey through the charming South of France, and cruise up the mighty Rhone River from Arles through Avignon and Tournon-sur-Rhone to the gastronomic capital of Lyon.

Begin in Aix-en-Provence, and experience this refined cultural centre following in the footsteps of its acclaimed native son, Paul Cézanne. Continue to Arles, where Vincent van Gogh lived during the final years of his life, producing some of his most captivating masterpieces.

Then, cruise up the Rhone River aboard the luxurious MS Amadeus Provence, visiting the once-papal city of Avignon, and enjoying fine wines of the Rhone Valley. In Lyon, enjoy world-class music and art in one of the great centres of French culture.

Along the way, benefit from the insight of four specialist tour leaders: award-winning artists Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis, classical music broadcaster Christopher Lawrence and wine writer Peter Bourne.

Lotte Betts-Dean + Andrey Lebedev @ City Music Society

St Bartholomew The Great (map)

Lotte and Andrey perform a recital alongside guitarist Jesse Flowers at St Bartholomew The Great, for the City Music Society. Tickets available soon.

Recital at Oxford Lieder Festival

Holywell Music Room (map)

As the winners of the 2019 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, Lotte and pianist Joseph Havlat will give a recital in the festival.

Exact details of the Festival and of this programme are yet to be announced, but the recital will be taking place between the 12th and the 20th of October and will be presented at the Holywell Music Room.

Opening Concert at London Song Festival

Hinde Street Methodist Church (map)

The Outsiders Fight Back: A commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

The Stonewall riots, centring on the Stonewall Inn in New York, are seen as the catalyst for the fight for gay rights worldwide. This concert will feature readings of eyewitness accounts, some previously unheard, from people who took part in the riots, giving a vivid impression of the events of the summer of 1969.

There will be songs by William Bolcom, John Corigliano (from his cycle Mr Tambourine Man, with words by Bob Dylan), Christopher Berg, Chris DeBlasio, Margaret Bonds, Lee Hoiby and others.

The concert will feature two world premieres; a song-cycle commissioned by The London Song Festival, written by Ben Moore one of America’s most prominent contemporary composers, with a text specially written by Mark Campbell, librettist for 15 contemporary American opera including ‘Stonewall’ by Iain Bell, which is being premiered by New York City Opera in June this year, and ‘Silent Night’, which received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music.

This concert will also a performance of a new song by Anthony Greencomposer, performance artist and gay rights activist, on the subject of Marsha P Johnson and Silvia Rivera, both activists and drag queens who played a prominent role in the Stonewall riots.

More details at the London Song Festival website.

Kurt Weill with Southbank Sinfonia and Sian Edwards

St John's Church Waterloo (map)

Currently Associate Artist with Southbank Sinfonia, Lotte features in a concert celebrating the music of Kurt Weill, the centrepiece of which is his Second Symphony. Lotte performs the Walt Whitman settings, conducted by Sian Edwards.

Weill's Second Symphony bridged the tumultuous period in which he was forced to flee his native Germany and seek refuge in Paris. Begun in Berlin, the seeds of the symphony lie in its foreboding, trumpet-led introduction. From it evolves a work of relentless urgency, its energy fuelled simultaneously by anger, fear and an antidote of wry satire.

Drawing on all the skill that penned theatrical masterpieces like The Threepenny Opera and blending it with the classical foundations used by Mozart and Haydn, Weill created art that spoke of its time but with lessons that will resonate through the ages. 

There will be a post concert talk featuring Lotte and Sian which is open to Friends of Southbank Sinfonia.

Details and the free tickets available on the Southbank Sinfonia website.

Lotte Betts-Dean + Andrey Lebedev @ Matlock Music

Wheeldon Hall Matlock (map)

Lotte and Andrey perform art song for voice and guitar as part of the Matlock Music recital series.

More details and booking information on the Matlock Music website, and on the Made In Derbyshire website.

Christmas Concert @ The Red House, Aldeburgh

The Red House Aldeburgh (map)

Lotte returns to The Red House to perform in the 2019 Christmas Concert alongside Andrey Lebedev. The duo perform seasonal art song and English voice and guitar repertoire, including by Britten, in Britten’s home, The Red House.

Ticket and event information will be available soon.

Messiaen's Harawi @ St John's Smith Square

Lotte and Joseph Havlat, piano reprise their performance of Messiaen’s masterwork song cycle Harawi: Chants de l’amour et de mort at St John’s Smith Square.

This performance is presented by The Musician’s Company and St John’s Smith Square.

Info and ticket details to come.

RECENT EVENTS

2019:

  • Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform Finals, April 6 2019

  • Wiltshire Music Centre recital, March 6 2019

  • Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with Ensemble x.y, Feb 2019

  • New Elizabethan Award Showcase Concert at Wigmore Hall, Feb 9 2019

  • BBC Radio 3 In Tune Live-to-air performance , Feb 7 2019 (Listen online on Press page)

  • Imogen Cooper Trust Fundraiser concert at Bob Boas Salon, London, Feb 7 2019

  • James MacMillan Since it was the day of Preparation and Arvo Part’s Passio at Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival, Ballarat Victoria, January 2019

2018:

  • Concert with Baroque ensemble La Vaghezza at La Cite de la Voix, Vezelay, France, December 2018

  • Vivaldi Gloria with English Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, December 2018

  • Debut New York City recital at German Embassy NY (Schoenberg Lieder), December 2018

  • Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire on tour with Manchester Collective, November 2018

  • Wartime Songs recital at Two Moors Festival, October 2018

  • Brahms Recital with Tom Poster, Melvyn Tan and Lotte’s father Brett Dean at Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival, September 2018

  • World premiere of Isabella Gellis’ new short opera For Peace And Country at the Royal Academy of Music, September 2019

  • Opening concert of the Anghiari Festival with Southbank Sinfonia featuring arias and works by Respighi, Mozart and Rossini July 2018

  • French opera and chanson recital with pianist Joseph Havlat at The Wallace Collection City Music Foundation Summer Residency. featuring arias and songs by Gounod, Ravel. Massenet, Debussy, Duparc and Messiaen, July 2018

  • Recitals at Gower Festival, Wales Lewes Festival of Song, East Sussex Omnibus Theatre London and for the City Music Foundation Lunchtime Recital Series with guitarist Andrey Lebedev, July-September 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

2017:

  • 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