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BIOGRAPHY

A former member of the Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Britten-Pears YAP and the National Opera Studio, Irish soprano Anna Devin is fast becoming established as one of today’s brightest young sopranos.

Opera appearances 2013/14 include a return to Scottish Opera as Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and to the Royal Opera House as Flowermaiden (Parsifal). Later in the season, she will make her debut at the Handel Festival Göttingen as Clotilde in Faramondo, conducted by Lawrence Cummings and appear at the ROH Linbury Studio in a new commission by Luke Bedford. Anna also joins Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen to record a disc of popular arias. Further ahead, she returns to the ROH main stage as Nanetta (Falstaff) in 2014/15, joins the English Concert under Harry Bicket as Oberto (Alcina) on tour in London, Madrid, Vienna, Paris and New York, Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra in Moscow as Morgana (Alcina) under Chris Moulds and sings Michal in a new production of Saul with Glyndebourne Touring Opera.

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REVIEWS

"Anna Devin, a soprano who shines in some sizzling arias." (George Loomis, Financial Times, June 2014)
 
"Anna Devin is an outstanding Clotilde, her singing of ‘Combattura da due venti’ particularly delicious." (Catriona Graham, Opera Critic, June 2014)
 
"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, June 2014)
 
"Anna Devin is visually perfect as Clotilde and convinces with great coloratura and dramatic outbursts." (Online Musik Magazin, June 2014)

"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, June 2014)

"Anna Devin sings with compelling beauty as the woman known only as A." (Richard Fairman, Financial Times, April 2014)

"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, April 2014)

"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, April 2014)

"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, June 2013)

“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 sharp-witted 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, June 2013)

“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, June 2013)

"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, April 2013)

“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, February 2013)

"A fine cast included Anna Devin's sweet-voiced Sophie" (Sarah Urwin Jones, The Times, February 2013)

"As Charlotte’s younger sister Sophie, Irish soprano Anna Devin blends charm with vulnerability and sings immaculately." (George Hall, The Stage, February 2013)

“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, January 2013)

"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, July 2011)

"Anna Devin was an engaging Zerlina in the Don Giovanni scene and she came into her own in La Fille du régiment (the French-language part of the show). Given the intent of this Young Artists presentation, it is perhaps invidious to single out any one singer. Yet 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, June 2012)

"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, March 2012)

"(Puccini's Il Trittico) Among the supporting cast, Anna Devin is outstanding as Sister Genovieffa." (The Independent)

"(Peter Grimes) her "nieces", the lively duo of Rebecca Bottone and Jette Parker young artist Anna Devin, conveyed both their individuality and their numbing, circumscribed ordinariness." (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)