Bejun Mehta

“Perhaps the most sophisticated and musically satisfying of today ́s countertenors“ (Opera News), Bejun Mehta fascinates with incredible vocal expression, great musicality and gripping power of performance. He is a regular guest at the world’s major 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.

In recent years, Bejun Mehta has successfully made a name for himself as a conductor, working with orchestras including the hr symphony orchestra, the Philharmonie Dresden, the Bochum symphony orchestra as well as the Kammerakademie Potsdam and the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn. In addition to his focus on working on the repertoire of the baroque and early classical periods with modern orchestras, his particular emphasis is on the combination between orchestra and voice – either with guest soloists or in especially developed programs featuring him as singer and conductor.

Highlights of the last season included a revival of Claus Guth’s Rodelinda (a production originally made for Bejun at the Teatro Real Madrid) at the Dutch National Opera, Mozart Arias with the Vienna Philharmonic in the Musikverein, George Benjamin’s Dream of the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 toured 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 followed with the Hessischer Rundfunk, the Bochumer Symphoniker, and the Kammerakademie Potsdam. In the fall of 2019 Bejun sang the title role in a new Robert Carsen production of Giulio Cesare at La Scala Milan – the first countertenor ever to sing that role at La Scala. He also was the first countertenor to be invited by La Scala for a solo recital on the main stage – in April 2020.

Bejun Mehta’s future plans include a return to the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in the title role in Gluck’s „Orfeo“ since the 2016 premiere, a tour with the Kammerorchester Basel and Diego Fasolis to cities including Basel, Göttingen and Paris, concerts and a recording of Händel’s Tamerlano with The English Consort and Harry Bicket in Paris, London and Vienna, as well as in New York’s Carnegie Hall and on the West Coast of the United States. With his new recital program “Many loves, one voice…” with pianist Jonathan Ware, he sings works by Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Britten and Mahler at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, the Théatre de La Monnaie in Brussels, the Philharmonie de Luxembourg, and in Madrid and Cologne. As conductor he follows a re-invitation from the hr symphony orchestra with a program including works by Mozart and Bach.

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. Bejun’s latest solo CD CANTATA, yet can I hear… was awarded with the Diapason d’Or.

On television, Bejun Mehta has been profiled by CBS 60 Minutes II, A&E, Arte, ARD, ORF 2, and TW-1. He gives master classes on a regular basis, e.g. fort he Young Singers Project oft he Salzburg Festival, the International Opera Studio at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, and at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam; he also teaches at his private studio. He holds an honor’s degree in German literature from Yale University and makes his home in Berlin and New York City.

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