Bejun Mehta

Bejun Mehta is one of the most acclaimed countertenors in the world. He is a regular guest at the world’s great opera houses, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Opéra Nationale de Paris, La Scala Milano, Theater an der Wien, the Berlin State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera Munich, the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, De Nederlandse Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Teatro Real Madrid, the Zurich Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, the 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 Concertgebouw, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Konzerthaus Wien and the Wiener Musikverein, Carnegie and Zankel Hall, New York, Brussels’ Palais des Beaux-Arts, the Palau des Arts Valencia, Madrid’s Teatro de la Zarzuela, the Cité de la Musique Paris, the Prinzregententheater Munich, the Berliner Konzerthaus, the Rudolfinum in Prague, and the festivals of Edinburgh, San Sebastian, Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, and the BBC Proms in London.
In 2017/18 he will appear as Tamerlano (Tamerlano) at the Teatro della Scala Milano and as Oberon in A Midsummernight’s Dream at the Theater an der Wien. Other operatic engagements include a revival of Toshio Hosokawa’s Stilles Meer (the role of Stephan composed for him) at the Hamburgische Staatsoper and a revival of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at the Staatsoper unter den Linden, Berlin. On the concert stage Mehta can be heard with the Staatskapelle Berlin conducted by Zubin Mehta singing Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle and George Benjamin’s Dream of the Song, a solo cantata written especially for him; with the Dresden Philharmonie in his sing/conduct program The Stars and the Planets; and singing Bach with the Gürzenich Orchester Köln.
Highlights of recent seasons include a new production and DVD of Händel’s Rodelinda at the Teatro Real Madrid (Bertarido), Farnace (Mitridate) at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Hamor in Jephtha at the Nationale Opera & Ballet in Amsterdam, the creation of the role of Angel 1/Boy in George Benjamin’s celebrated opera Written on Skin (Aix-en-Provence, the Netherlands Opera and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden), and the world premiere of George Benjamin’s Dream of the Song with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Benjamin himself conducting, followed by the French (Orchestre de Paris) and North American (Boston/Carnegie Hall) premieres. Mehta was recently Artist-in-Residence at the Dresdner Philharmonie, where he demonstrated his artistic versatility in four separate programs as both a singer and conductor. His solo program CANTATA (with the Akademie für alte Musik Berlin) has enjoyed great success all over Europe including Zurich, London, Salzburg, Madrid, Barcelona, Oviedo, and Katowice.
Bejun Mehta is represented on a vast array of recordings. His newest recording, CANTATA, will be released March 2018 on Pentatone. His most recent solo CD, a collection of classical arias entitled Che Puro Ciel (Akademie für Alte Musk Berlin/Jacobs/Harmonia Mundi), was awarded Le Diamant d’Opera Magazine, the Choc de Classica, and was shortlisted for the 2014 Gramophone Award in the Recital category. Down by the Salley Gardens, a collection of English art song, was released in 2011 (with Julius Drake/Harmonia Mundi). Ombra Cara, Bejun’s bestselling recording of Händel arias (Freiburger Barockorchester/Jacobs/Harmonia Mundi), was awarded the 2011 Echo Klassik as Opera Recording of the Year. In 2017, the live recording of George Benjamin‘s Dream of the Song with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,
George Benjamin conducting, was released on Nimbus. In 2014, Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv released a new complete studio recording of Orlando with Bejun in the title role (B’Rock/Jacobs), which was shortlisted for the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. Also in 2014, ArthausMusik released a theatrical film version of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice shot entirely on location at the Český Krumlov Castle in which Bejun both starred as Orfeo and was the Artistic Advisor. Bejun makes a cameo appearance on El Maestro Farinelli, Pablo Heras-Casado’s debut recording on Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv (2014), singing two of Farinelli’s greatest hits. Also available on CD and DVD are Stilles Meer (Unitel 2017), Agrippina (BBC Music Magazine’s 2012 Opera Award and nominated for a Grammy as Best Opera Recording of the Year) and Belshazzar (both on Harmonia Mundi), Theodora (C-Major Entertainment/Unitel, shortlisted for the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik), Mitridate (Decca), Messiah (Unitel), Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Glyndebourne Label), and Rodelinda (Belvedere DVD #10144, 2011 Theater an der Wien/Concentus Musicus Wien/Harnoncourt).
Bejun Mehta has been profiled in numerous TV features for Arte, ARD, ORF 2, TW-1 and CBS-TV. He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award (ROH Orlando 2007) and is the recipient of the 2015 Traetta Prize. He holds an honor’s degree in German literature from Yale.