London based Australian mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean performs across the globe at some of the most prestigious concert halls and festivals most frequently in the U.K. and Australia. Her her incredibly diverse performance experience encompasses opera, oratorio, contemporary music, art song recital/chamber music, early music and non-classical collaborations.
In the U.K, Lotte has performed at leading venues including the Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St Martin In The Fields, Handel House Museum, St James’ Palace, Colston Hall Bristol and Kansas Smittys. British festival appearances include Buxton, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, Norfolk & Norwich, Two Moors, Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival, Lewes Festival of Song, The Wallace Collection, Omnibus Theatre, Waterloo Festival, Llandeilo, Oxford Lieder, Gower and Dartington Festivals. Other recent highlights include Vivaldi’s Gloria with English Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, a UK-wide tour of Pierrot Lunaire with Manchester Collective, concerts in France with Baroque ensemble La Vaghezza and Wiltshire Music Centre.
In Australia, Lotte has performed at the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne’s Hamer Hall and Melbourne Recital Centre. Recent festival highlights include Brett Dean’s Hamlet at the Adelaide Festival, various recitals and concerts in Melbourne, a large-scale world premiere in Tasmania, and tours as soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Choir of London (Bach’s Christmas Oratorio), DJ Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra (Ibiza Classics), and The Seven Sopranos (New Zealand Tour). She has collaborated with many other celebrated Australian ensembles including Van Diemen’s Band, Latitude 37, The Song Company, and La Compania Renaissance Band. Future highlights, include Lotte’s debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis, and as a guest artist at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.
Further afield, Lotte has performed at Musikfest Erzgebirge Germany, Anghiari Festival Italy, Kronenboden Galerie Berlin and with new music group Chamber Cartel in Atlanta, USA.
In the operatic sphere Lotte has sung several principal roles in predominantly contemporary operas with companies such as Sydney Chamber Opera and Victorian Opera, after debuting with the company in De Falla’s El retablo de Maese Pedro in 2012.
Lotte is Associate Artist with Southbank Sinfonia and is a member of London-based contemporary music group Ensemble x.y. She is also a City Music Foundation Artist for 2017-2019. She is a regular collaborator with guitarist Andrey Lebedev with whom she has performed throughout the UK and recently presented a sold out Australian recital tour.
Lotte’s singing has been broadcast regularly on ABC Classic FM and 3MBS FM in Australia and WQXR FM New York. She has also been a featured singer on two Australian-produced albums, La Compania’s Destino Mexicano (2013) and Stuart Greenbaum’s Mondrian Interiors (2016).
Lotte is the recipient of many prestigious awards and prizes most recently of the inaugural Musicians Company New Elizabethan Award alongside Andrey Lebedev which will see the duo perform at Wigmore Hall and throughout Britain in the coming year. This year, Lotte is one of the inaugural art song bursars with the Imogen Cooper Music Trust. In 2017, she won the Southbank Sinfonia Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award and reached the semi finals of the Das Lied International Song Competition in Heidelberg as well as the Wigmore Hall Song Competition alongside pianist Hannah Harnest. In Australia, she has been a prize-winner in several competitions including the Acclaim Awards (2014), Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria (2012), Mietta Song Competition (2012) and National Liederfest (2012, 2017).
Lotte completed a Masters on full scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in 2016, studying under Catherine Benson and Audrey Hyland. Whilst at the RAM, she performed in masterclasses with Sir Thomas Allen, Bengt Forsberg and Dame Felicity Lott and was supported by the Josephine Baker Trust. Prior to relocating to London, Lotte received her BMus in 2012 from the Conservatorium of Music at Melbourne University and completed a Fellowship at the Australian National Academy of Music in 2014. She has also studied in Milan (Accademia Teatro alla Scala), privately in New York, and at the 2016 Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt with Donatienne Michel-Dansac and the Vokalsolisten Stuttgart.