Anna Devin

Soprano

Biography

Irish soprano Anna Devin is widely admired for her “vivid sense of bel canto style,” (The Arts Desk), “vocal control…artistry and musico-dramatic intelligence,” (Opera News).

The 2016/17 seasons will see her debut at Madrid’s Teatro Reale as Cecila in Lucio Silla, singing Susanna in Scottish Opera’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro, Semele at the Karlsruhe Handel Festival and Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Aldeburgh Festival. She will also perform with The English Concert and at Wigmore Hall. In November 2017, she will also give a masterclass at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Anna has performed on the operatic and concert stages throughout Europe and the US. Recent highlights include her debuts with La Scala and the Vienna Philharmonic; role and festival debut as Galatea in Handel’s Acis and Galatea at Mozartwoche Salzburg; role debut as Nannetta at Covent Garden; Susanna with the Welsh National Opera; Michal in Glyndebourne Touring Opera’s production of Saul; appearances at the Lausanne Bach Festival and with the Seattle Symphony; and a concert tour performing Pergolesei’s Stabat Mater and Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate with frequent collaborator Marc Minkowski and Le Musiciens du Louvre. Her performance with Brisbane Baroque earned her the Best Supporting Singer in an Opera at the 2015 Helpmann Awards Australia.

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Reviews

“The indisputable star of the show is Susanna, and Irish soprano Anna Devin executes a flawless performance. Her stompy, sassy portrayal of a feisty young bride, coupled with a crystal, spine-tingling voice, is truly a performance to behold. Her talent and vocal versatility is breathtaking, and she captivates the audience – drawing out laughter and moments of touching humility”

The Reviews Hub

“Suitably lighter and brisker, touching in ‘Deh vieni’…and an alert, watchable actress”

Stephen Walsh

The Arts Desk

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“Anna Devin’s Susanna is the stand-out performance. Bright of voice and quick of intellect, Devin owns Act I when Susanna is confronted with a succession of unwanted visitor’s to her future bed-chamber”

Thom Dibdin, thestage.co.uk 

“a veritable feisty knock out Susanna”

Mike Smith, Wales Online 

” The biggest plus factor…is the exceptional Susanna of Anna Devin: she has a natural charisma, her soprano blending clarity and bloom.”

Rhian Evans, The Guardian 

“Agrippina’s nemesis – is winningly portrayed by soprano Anna Devin, her richly expressive voice brilliant also in matching the vocal acrobatics demanded of her.”

MICHAEL LEE – Golden Plec 

“It was Anna Devin’s Nannetta who took one’s breath away. Nannetta’s every phrase drew one’s attention, as the floaty lines soared with power and lyricism…Such vocal control suggests real artistry and musico-dramatic intelligence….Devin provided mesmeric musical compensation in ‘Sul fil d’un soffio etesio’, calling the fairies from their hiding place and commanding them to dance.”

Claire Seymour (Opera Today) 

“Anna Devin as an especially determined Nannetta Ford, is superlative, floating every line with vivid sense of bel canto style and rising to the highest artistry in the Queen of the Fairies’ seriously beautiful song.”

David Nice (theartsdesk.com) 

“Anna Devin’s Nannetta — silvery-sweet and impeccably sung — is the stand-out in a strong revival cast. ”

Alexandra Coghlan (the spectator) 

“Indeed, in this concert presentation it would be hard to be gloomy about anything sung by Cummings’s Semele, Anna Devin. With a voice as liquid and sparkling as the best champagne, this rising young Irish soprano showered us with vivid characterisations, kaleidoscopic hues and the brightest of coloratura flourishes. ”

Geoff Brown, The Times 

“Anna Devin was both poised and alluring as Faramondo’s sister Clotilde, demonstrating sustained vocal vigour accompanied by a bright tone and lightly gravelly appeal where every breath drawn added further characterful beauty.”

Opera Chaser 

“Scintillating Irish soprano Anna Devin was Clotilde, Faramondo’s sister. Her articulation and seamless style was truly beautiful, overwhelming at times with her intensity and intelligence at managing some of the most difficult passages with such eloquence.”

Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle 

“Anna Devin was ravishing as Semele. Slightly knowing without ever lapsing into caricature, she combined strong technique with a lovely sense of character, so that this Semele was real. From the first notes of Endless Pleasure we were able to admire the evenness of her passage-work and the beauty and richness of her tone. She has a surprisingly luscious timbre, and is clearly much more than the soubrette that Semele can be portrayed as. In Myself I Shall Adore the sentiments were entirely understandable.”

Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill 

“Devin shone like the star she is surely destined to become, for she not only has a distinctive, lovely and virtuoso voice, she is also a winning and captivating actress”

Classical Music Source 

“The other principals […] each had moments to shine […] Devin in “Barbara!” [was an] outstanding moment among many highlights”

What’s on Stage 

“Anna Devin is an outstanding Clotilde, her singing of ‘Combattura da due venti’ particularly delicious”

Catriona Graham, Opera Critic 

“Anna Devin, a soprano who shines in some sizzling arias.”

George Loomis, Financial Times 

“Indeed, in this concert presentation it would be hard to be gloomy about anything sung by Cummings’s Semele, Anna Devin. With a voice as liquid and sparkling as the best champagne, this rising young Irish soprano showered us with vivid characterisations, kaleidoscopic hues and the brightest of coloratura flourishes…”

Geoff Brown, The Times 

“In the role of Clotilde, whether as an object of desire, as a love interest or as a brave sister, the Irish soprano Anna Devin, winner of the Audience Prize in the London Handel Singing Competition, is excellent in voice and life. Brilliant and elegant, she succeeds in the shipwreck aria in the second act, rewarded through economies of scale and coloratura cascades.”

Evi Baumeister, TLZ 

“Anna Devin is visually perfect as Clotilde and convinces with great coloratura and dramatic outbursts.”

Online Musik Magazin 

“Anna Devin was excellent as ‘A’, managing to convey the character’s conflicting desires to maintain independence and stability and to give in to the seductive promises and believe the lies of ‘R’.”

Hugo Shirley, Opera 

“Anna Devin sings with compelling beauty as the woman known only as A.”

Richard Fairman, Financial Times 

“Anna Devin gives a fantastic performance as A, with an even tone throughout the voice, and a particularly impressive, ringing upper register. Her acting is convincing too, effectively conveying the psychological state of her character in each scene.”

Levi White, Bachtrack 

“The three singers are perfect for their roles: clearly much thought went into casting. Anna Devin is absolutely convincing as the manipulated young woman at the heart of the drama. To bring this off takes real acting skill, and Devin is superb in projecting her character’s fragile vulnerability. She rises to each and every of Bedford’s musical challenges; we feel her excitement, and her anguish.”

Colin Clarke, Seen and Heard International 

“Pack tissues if you’re going [to Garsington Opera’s production of Hänsel und Gretel], for an Evening Prayer more exquisite than that sung by Anna Devin (Gretel) and Claudia Huckle (Hänsel) is hard to imagine.”

Anna Picard, The Independent 

“The vocal ingredients here are particularly good. In the title roles of the two starving children who discover danger and resilience in the depths of the dark forest, Anna Devin and Claudia Huckle, are note-perfect and a near ideal match: Devin’s sharpwitted Gretel complements Huckle’s convincingly boyish Hansel, whose elegant contralto sets off the charm of her stage-sister’s pristine soprano.”

George Hall, The Guardian 

“Anna Devin and Claudia Huckle both put in outstanding performances as the leading pair. From their perfectly believable childish dancing in the first scene to their sincere terror when figures in creepy animal masks prowl at night, they capture the sense of helplessness that face two babes lost in the woods. Devin’s Gretel was beautifully sung, with a control that always hinted she was singing nowhere near the limits of her vocal power. She treated us to a wonderfully tender moment in Act III’s “Wo bin ich?” when she awakes after a night in the woods.”

Kate Mason, Bachtrack 

“Irish soprano Anna Devin’s giggly, delightfully inelegant Silvia steals the show – a zesty, youthful foil for Constanza’s world-weari/wariness. Her hopelessly naive reactions to seeing a man for the first time since infancy and falling in love with Enrico – all delivered in light, flexible voice – are the most captivating moments of the production.”

Melissa Lesnie, Limelight Australia 

“Singing honours go to Anna Devin. Her Sophie was a delight. Trilling her way up and down a large vocal range, she was coquettish and quite delicious.”

Kevin Holdsworth, Opera Britannia 

“A fine cast included Anna Devin’s sweet-voiced Sophie”

Sarah Urwin Jones, The Times 

“As Charlotte’s younger sister Sophie, Irish soprano Anna Devin blends charm with vulnerability and sings immaculately.”

George Hall, The Stage 

“Anna Devin— serving out her apprenticeship on the Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme and good to hear in a substantial role—was a delightful and impeccably-sung Susanna.”

Hugo Shirley, Opera 

“Among a particularly fine quartet of soloists, soprano Anna Devin — a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House — shone with some bright and resonant singing that soared gracefully and effortlessly.”

Oxford Times 

“It was meltingly sung, too, by the ravishingly blended voices of Anna Devin, a bright and beautiful light lyric soprano who has made such an impression this season in main house productions of Hänsel und Gretel (as the Dew Fairy) and Die Zauberflöte (as Papagena)”

What’s on Stage

“(Puccini’s Il Trittico) Among the supporting cast, Anna Devin is outstanding as Sister Genovieffa.”

The Independent

“her “nieces”, the lively duo of Rebecca Bottone and Jette Parker young artist Anna Devin, conveyed both their individuality and their numbing, circumscribed ordinariness.”

Peter Grimes, The Guardian

“Anna Devin’s irresistible Papagena made just the right foil for him, and confirmed her as the most exciting soubrette in the business.”

The Independent

“The Irish soprano Anna Devin inhabited Silvia’s world of childish innocence with mush artless attitudinizing and tossing around of her toy animal; her happy expectations for the future, carolled in a clear, light soprano.”

Opera Magazine