Bejun Mehta

Perhaps the most sophisticated and musically satisfying of today’s countertenors (Opera News, 2018), Bejun Mehta is a regular guest at the world’s great opera houses, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Scala Milan, Theater an der Wien, Berlin State Opera, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, De Nederlandse Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro Real Madrid, Zurich Opera, Opéra Nationale de Paris, the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera in Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, as well as the Salzburg, Glyndebourne, and Aix-en-Provence Festivals and the Wiener Festwochen.

Concerts with major orchestras and solo recitals have brought Bejun Mehta to the leading concert venues, where he tours his award-winning CD programs and performs repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary music. He is a frequent guest at the Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Konzerthaus Wien and the Wiener Musikverein, Carnegie and Zankel Hall in New York, Brussel’s Palais des Beaux-Arts, Palau des Arts in Valencia, Madrid’s Teatro de la Zarzuela, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Munich´s Prinzregententheater, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, the Rudolfinum in Prague, and the festivals of Edinburgh, San Sebastian, Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, and the BBC Proms in London.

The 18/19 season includes a revival of Claus Guth’s Rodelinda (a production originally made for Bejun at the Teatro Real Madrid) at the Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona, Mozart Arias with the Vienna Philharmonic in the Musikverein, George Benjamin’s Dream of the Song – a solo cantata composed specifically for him–with the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and concert performances of Benjamin’s Written on Skin – the role of Angel 1/Boy also composed specifically for him–with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. As singer and conductor, Bejun tours Germany and Austria with the Württembergisches Kammerorchester and his Mozart–The Dramatist program to venues including Vienna’s Musikverein and the Herkulessaal Munich. Other sing/conduct programs follow with the Hessischer Rundfunk, the Bochumer Symphoniker, and the Kammerakademie Potsdam. Future engagements include the title role in a new Robert Carsen production of Giulio Cesare at La Scala Milan.

Highlights of the 17/18 season included the title role in a new production of Tamerlano at La Scala Milan, Oberon in a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Theater an der Wien, the Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle with the Berliner Staatskapelle, and the release on Pentatone of Bejun’s latest solo CD CANTATA, yet can I hear…recently awarded with the Diapason d’Or.

The twice Grammy-nominated singer (one win, as recording producer for Janos Starker’s 1997 Bach Cello Suites on RCA) has a discography which now numbers 25 titles. His recordings–solo and opera alike–have been distinguished with many prizes, including the Echo Klassik (Opera Recital of the Year), the Diapason d’Or (twice), Le Diamant d’Opéra Magazine, the Choc de Classica, the BBC Music Magazine Premiere Recording of the Year and the Opera Award, the Gramophone Award-Contemporary, and the Edison Klassiek. He was shortlisted for the Gramophone Award in the Recital Category and the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. Bejun has been nominated for the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award (Orlando, Royal Opera House Covent Garden) and is the recipient of the 2015 Traetta Prize.

On television, Bejun Mehta has been profiled by CBS 60 Minutes II, A&E, Arte, ARD, ORF 2, and TW-1. He holds an honor’s degree in German literature from Yale University and makes his home in Berlin and New York City.


Website: bejunmehta.com
Twitter: @bejunmehta

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