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Bejun Mehta


Bejun Mehta is one of the most sought-after countertenors of his generation. He was born in North Carolina and had a prolific recording career as a boy soprano soloist. He made his countertenor debut as Armindo in Handel’s Partenope at the New York City Opera and has appeared in leading roles in most of the world’s major opera houses, including the Covent Garden, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Théatre du Chatelet and Opéra National in Paris, Théatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Berliner Staatsoper, Theater an der Wien, De Nederlandse Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Chicago Lyric, Los Angeles, and San Francisco Operas. Festival appearances include Glyndebourne, Edinburgh, Aix-en-Provence, Verbier, Innsbruck, and the London BBC Proms. He made his Salzburg Festival debut in 2005 as Farnace in Mozart’s Mitridate under Marc Minkowski and last summer returned there as Didymus in Theodora. Most recently, he appeared at Los Angeles Opera as Tamerlano and as Ottone (Agrippina) in Berlin. His operatic repertoire comprises, among many others, most of the Händel protagonists for his Fach, including Orlando, Giulio Cesare, Tamerlano, Andronico, Bertarido, Rinaldo and Guido, Farnace (Mozart Mitridate), Oberon (Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Masha (Peter Eötvös Three Sisters). In October 2008, Bejun Mehta added to his repertoire the role of Orfeo (Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice) under René Jacobs to cheering crowds at Theater an der Wien, where in the same season he also appeared in Claus Guth’s staging of Handel’s Messiah. Upcoming opera engagements include Tamerlano in Barcelona, Cardenio (Francesco Conti’s Don Chisciotte) in Amsterdam, Emone (Antigone) at the Berlin Staatsoper, Bertrarido (Rodelinda), Arsame (Xerxes) and Telemaco (Telemaco) for Theater an der Wien, as well the world premiere of a new opera by George Benjamin in 2012, a debut at La Scala, and return the ROH, Covent Garden. His current recital tour includes Edinburgh, San Sebastian, London, Brussels, Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Madrid. Update: September 2010