Mary Bevan is an up and coming English soprano who has made a name for herself in her home country performing a wide range of repertoire. This week she will continue her trajectory of dominating modern operas with the world premiere of “Coraline” as she takes on the title role.
Based on Neil Gaiman’s much-loved story, the story became an iconic tale when Focus Features released the Oscar-nominated feature film. Now Bevan will have the challenging task of creating the iconic role in a new opera by Mark Anthony Turnage, who created the hit “Anna Nicole.” She will perform the work at the Barbican Theatre, where the opera will receive its world premiere.
Luckily for Bevan, this will not be her first time doing a world premiere as she made her Royal Opera House debut as Lila in “The Firework-Maker’s Daughter” in the opera’s first performance. She was also involved in the World premiere of “Two Boys.”
Outside of her work in modern music, Bevan has performed such roles as Barbarina and Susanna in “Le Nozze di Figaro” on the main stage of the Royal Opera House, Euridice in “Orfeo,” Yum-Yum in “The Mikado,” Despina in “Così Fan Tutte,” and Zerlina in “Don Giovanni.”
For those looking forward to seeing “Coraline,” most performances are sold out, which shows promise for the future of the work and one that Bevan could potentially tour around the world.
For those who are unable to see Bevan in “Coraline,” she returns to the Teatro Real for another run of Kurt Weill’s “Street Scene.”
For those not familiar with Bevan’s instrument, here is a clip of her singing from “Alcina.”