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Bejun Mehta

Countertenor

Biography

Bejun Mehta in action.
Bejun Mehta as Angel 1/The Boy in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera © ROH/Stephen Cummiskey, 2012

American countertenor Bejun Mehta made his Royal Opera debut in 2003 as Medoro and Orlando (Orlando) and has since returned to sing Orlando and Angel 1/The Boy (Written on Skin). In the 2016/17 Season he sings Farnace (Mitridate, re di Ponto) for The Royal Opera.

Mehta is a regular guest at all the leading international opera houses and concert halls. Engagements include the world premiere of George Benjamin’s Dream of the Song with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the chamber programme ‘Mi palpita il cor’ with La Nuova Musica at Wigmore Hall, Stephan (Toshio Hosokawa’s Stilles Meer, world premiere) for Hamburg State Opera, Orlando with William Christie for Zürich Opera House, Cyrus (Belshazzar) with Ottavio Dantone for Salzburg Festival and a solo recital in the Haus für Mozart.

Mehta’s many award-winning recordings include Ombra Cara (Harmonia Mundi, 2011 ECHO Klassik Award for Opera Recording of the Year), Che Puro Ciel (Harmonia Muni, named Le Diamant d’Opera Magazine and Choc de Classica and nominated for the 2014 Gramophone Classical Music Award for Best Recital) and Orlando (Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv, nominated for the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik). Bejun has been profiled by ARTE, ARD, ORF 2, TW1, CBS TV and NDR. He holds an honors degree in German literature from Yale University, and is the recipient of the 2015 Traetta Prize.

News and features

Recommended recordings: July 2014

Recommended recordings: July 2014

3 July 2014

This month the focus falls on new recordings of Elektra and Orlando, as well as a collection of arias inspired by legendary Assyrian queen Semiramis.

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