Australian mezzo soprano Lotte Betts-Dean's performance experience encompasses opera, oratorio, contemporary music, art song recital/chamber music, early music and non-classical collaborations. She has been based in London since 2014 and works internationally, most often in the UK and Australia. Lotte is Associate Artist with Southbank Sinfonia and is a member of London-based contemporary music group Ensemble x.y. She is also a City Music Foundation Artist for 2017-2019 and recently won the 2019 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform. Lotte is a regular collaborator with guitarist Andrey Lebedev with whom she has performed throughout the UK and recently presented a sold out Australian recital tour.
In the UK, Lotte has performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, Kansas Smittys, St John's Smith Square, St Martin In The Fields, Handel House Museum, St James’s Palace and Colston Hall Bristol, and she has appeared at many British festivals, including Buxton, Cheltenham, Llandeilo, Aldeburgh, Oxford Lieder, Norfolk & Norwich, Gower and Dartington.
She has been a featured singer on two Australian-produced albums, La Compania’s Destino Mexicano (2013) and Stuart Greenbaum’s Mondrian Interiors (2016).
Highlights of the current season include Vivaldi’s Gloria with English Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, a UK-wide tour of Pierrot Lunaire with Manchester Collective, concerts in France with Baroque ensemble La Vaghezza, recitals at Wigmore Hall and Wiltshire Music Centre, the 2019 Australian Festival of Chamber Music and her debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. For details, see Schedule.
Lotte completed a Masters on full scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in 2016, studying under Catherine Benson and Audrey Hyland. While at RAM, Lotte performed regularly in chamber music and contemporary music events, was a member of the RAM Song Circle, and a soloist for the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series.
Lotte recently won the inaugural Musicians Company New Elizabethan Award alongside Andrey Lebedev which will see the duo perform at Wigmore Hall and throughout Britain in the coming year.