Mae Heydorn, Mezzo Soprano – Helen Sykes Artists' Management

Mae Heydorn

MEZZO SOPRANO

Described as “seriously sultry and vocally sophisticated…”

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Mae Heydorn made her operatic début with Glyndebourne Festival as the Woodpecker The Cunning Little Vixen and was lead mezzo in the critically acclaimed West End production ‘The Rinse Cycle’, an introduction to Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Read Mae Heydorn’s full biography below.

Current Highlights

National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company:
Mad Margaret Ruddigore
Lady Sangazure The Sorcerer
Ruth The Pirates of Penzance

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Brangäne Tristan und Isolde in Oxford

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“…whose cut and amplitude of timbre puts her at an advantage…”
OPERA MAGAZINE

“Mae Heydorn’s fine performance of Brangäne’s “Watch” was imbued with a deep foreboding…wonderfully projected and reliable…”
JIM PRITCHARD  SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL

“Heydorn’s sultry, lingering mezzo, complete with a sharply observed comic Russian accent, makes the free-spirited, ennui-ridden Prince both believable and lovable.”
CHARLOTTE VALORI  OPERISSIMA

“…Mae Heydorn, a seriously sultry and vocally sophisticated Maddalena…”
OPERISSIMA

Biography

Biography

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Acclaimed as a mezzo soprano, “…whose cut and amplitude of timbre puts her at an advantage…” (Opera Magazine), Mae Heydorn made her operatic début with Glyndebourne in the role of Woodpecker The Cunning Little Vixen

She created the lead mezzo part in the critically acclaimed West End production ‘The Rinse Cycle’, an introduction to Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, singing excerpts from the roles of Fricka, Erda and Flosshilde.  Her repertoire of Wagner roles also includes Brangäne Tristan und Isolde, Erda Das Rheingold, Siegrune and Rossweisse Die Walküre, Erda Siegfried, Waltraute and Zweite Norn Götterdämmerung, and Frau Mary Der fliegende Holländer.

Among Mae Heydorn’s other roles are Sorceress Dido and Aeneas, Maddalena Rigoletto, Octavian Der Rosenkavalier, Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus, Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro, Emilia Otello, Flora and Annina La Traviata, Polina Pikovaya Dama, Mrs Grose The Turn of the Screw, Berta Il barbiere di Siviglia, Bianca The Rape of Lucretia, Katisha The Mikado, Ruth The Pirates of Penzance and Buttercup HMS Pinafore.

An avid performer of contemporary repertoire Mae Heydorn was a soloist in Hans Werner Henze’s Voices at the Barbican Hall.  She performed the role of Queen Elizabeth in the UK premiere of Robert Mansell’s Love in the Life of Shakespeare and sang the world premiere of the cantata The Exodus Fragment by Jacques Cohen in a part specially written for her.  She was part of the original cast to create Opera for the Unknown Woman composed by Katarina Glowicka for renowned and innovative production company Fuel.

Her current engagements include Mad Margaret Ruddigore, Lady Sangazure The Sorcerer and Ruth The Pirates of Penzance for the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company and Blumenmädchen Parsifal for Saffron Opera Group.

A native German and Swedish speaker she has a busy concert diary and performs regular recitals and chamber music engagements with the English Chamber Orchestra and at the Oxford Lieder Festival.

Mae Heydorn graduated with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as an Anglo-Swedish Society scholar and is the recipient of several awards and prizes including the Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Award, First Prize at the London Schubert Society Lied Duo Competition, and a scholarship to study with Christoph Prégardien.  She won the President’s Prize 2014 awarded by Dame Gwyneth Jones and the Audience Prize 2016 awarded by Sir John Tomlinson at the London Wagner Society Singing Competition.

This biography is not for publication.  Please contact the office for an updated version.

Contact

Helen Sykes
+44 (0)20 8780 0060
+44 (0)7799 673367

helen@helensykesartists.co.uk

Mary Craig
+44 (0)20 8780 0060
mary@helensykesartists.co.uk

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