Bejun Mehta

Bejun Mehta, “currently possibly the most sophisticated and musically most convincing countertenor” (Opera News, 2018), is a regular guest at all the world’s leading opera and concert halls, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the State Opera Unter den Linden in Berlin, the Bavarian State Opera, the Nederlandse Opera, the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, the Zurich Opera House, the Teatro Real Madrid, the Opéra National de Paris, the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera Chicago or the Theater an der Wien as well as the festivals in Salzburg, Glyndebourne or Aix-en-Provence.

Concerts with leading orchestras as well as numerous solo recitals led Bejun Mehta to the major concert halls, where he presents his award-winning CD programs and repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary music. He is a regular guest at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Wiener Musikverein, Carnegie and Zankel Hall in New York, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Cité de la Musique Paris and the festivals in Edinburgh, Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein and the BBC Proms in London.

The season 2019/10 opens Bejun Mehta in the title role of Handel’s Giulio Cesare in a new production of Robert Carsen at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, followed by a resumption of Rodelinda in a staging by Claus Guth at the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam. On the concert stage Bejun Mehta will be heard with George Benjamin’s Dream of the Song in Stockholm or a new song program at the Teatro alla Scala as well as the Heidelberger Frühling. A concert tour with Handel’s Alessandro also takes him to Paris, Göttingen and Basel.

The highlights of past seasons include a concert with Mozart Arien under Zubin Mehta and the Vienna Philharmonic in the Vienna Musikverein, performances as a conductor and soloist with his Mozart – The Dramatist program with the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra in the Vienna Musikverein or the Herkulessaal in Munich. Other engagements as a singer and conductor also took him to the Hessischer Rundfunk, to the Bochum Symphony Orchestra and the Kammerakademie Potsdam. On the opera stage, Bejun Mehta performed in the title role of a new production of Händel’s Tamerlano at the La Scala in Milan, as Oberon in a new production of Britten’s A Midsummernight’s Dream at the Theater an der Wien and as Bertarido in Rodelinda at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelina. 

Bejun Mehta, twice nominated for the Grammy, which he also won in 1997 as a producer of Janos Starker’s RCA-released Bach Cello Suites, has a rich discography: His 25 recordings – including solo as well as opera – have won numerous awards including the Echo Klassik (opera recording of the year), twice the Diapason d’Or, the Diamant d’Opéra Magazine, the Choc de Classica, the Opera Award, the Gramophone Award-Contemporary, and the Edison Klassiek as well as BBC Music Magazine Premiere Recording of the year. He was also nominated for the Gramophone Award in the category Recital, the Prize of the German Record Critics and the Laurence Olivier Award (ROH  Orlando 2007) and is a winner of the 2015 Traetta Prize. His solo CD CANTATA, released in 2018 – yet can I hear, was also awarded the Diapason d’Or. 

Television portraits of Bejun Mehta were broadcast on CBS 60 Minutes II, A & E, Arte, ARD and ORF 2, among others. Bejun Mehta holds a degree in German Literature from Yale University and lives in Berlin and New York.

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