Named as a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2010 and an Associate Artist with Classical Opera this season, Irish soprano Anna Devin is fast becoming established as one of today’s brightest young sopranos.
Her 2012/2013 season opens with Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) with Glyndebourne Touring Opera and continues with Sophie (Werther) for Scottish Opera, Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) with Garsington Opera and Silvia (L’isola Disabitata) with the Royal Opera House at the Hobart Festival in Tasmania. Concerts at London’s Royal Albert and Queen Elizabeth Halls, an appearance at the London Song Festival and at Wigmore Hall, with Ian Page and Classical Opera, round out the season. Anna’s cover roles at Covent Garden have so far included Sophie (Werther), Marzelline (Fidelio), Gretel, Sandmann (Hänsel und Gretel) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni). She has also covered Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for Garsington.
Anna returns to Covent Garden next season as Flowermaiden (Parsifal), conducted by Antonio Pappano, and as Nanetta (Falstaff) in 2014/15. In 2013/14, she will also give her debut at the Göttingen Handel Festival as Clotilde (Faramondo), conducted by Laurence Cummings. With Classical Opera, she will record Arbate (Mitridate) this summer.
An alumna of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and National Opera Studio, Anna Devin has garnered awards including the Maggie Teyte and Miriam Licette Scholarship, Stuart Burrows International Voice Award, Singers’ Prize at the Gerald Moore Awards and the Audience Prize in the London Handel Singing Competition.
"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)