Mae Heydorn


Mezzo soprano Mae Heydorn is winner of the Audience Prize at the London Wagner Society Singing Competition in 2016.

Mae Heydorn graduated with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as an Anglo-Swedish Society scholar and made her Glyndebourne Festival début the same year as the Woodpecker in The Cunning little Vixen.

She is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including the Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Award, First Prize at the London Schubert Society Lied Duo Competition, the President’s Prize awarded by Dame Gwyneth Jones at the Wagner Society Singing Competition and a scholarship to study Lied with Christoph Prégardien.

Mae Heydorn played the lead mezzo part in a new, 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 roles include the roles Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus, Octavian Der Rosenkavalier, Frau Mary Der fliegende Holländer, Waltraute Die Götterdämmerung, Siegrune Die Walküre, Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro, Emilia Otello, Flora and Annina La traviata, Polina Pikovaya Dama, Maddalena Rigoletto and Roßweiße Die Walküre.

Acclaimed as a mezzo soprano whose “cut and amplitude of timbre puts her at an advantage” (Opera Magazine), Mae Heydorn has covered the roles Mrs Grose The Turn of the Screw and Bianca The Rape of Lucretia for Glyndebourne on Tour. 

An avid performer of contemporary repertoire Mae Heydorn has been 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 role specially created for her.  Working with leading sound artist Melanie Wilson  Mae Heydorn was part of the original cast to create Opera for the Unknown Woman composed by Katarina Glowicka for renowned and innovative production company Fuel.

As a regular performer on the concert platform she performs recitals and liederabend including a recital of Rachmaninov songs in Russian at the Barbican Hall.  She also performs standard oratorio repertoire including the alto soloist in Messiah with the English Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall.

Recent and forthcoming performances include The Sorceress Dido and Aeneas, Henley Choral Society; Waltraute and Zweite Norn Götterdämmerung with Fulham Opera;  Maddalena Rigoletto, Regent Opera; Katisha The Mikado, Ruth Pirates of Penzance, Buttercup HMS Pinafore on a UK Tour with the National Gilbert and Sullivan Company.

Engagements in 2017/18 include Berta Il barbiere di Siviglia for Regents Opera, and Mad Margaret Ruddigore, Lady Sangazure The Sorcerer and Ruth The Pirates of Penzance  for the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, Brangäne Tristan und Isolde in Oxford and Annina La traviata.

A native German and Swedish speaker, Mae Heydorn was born on the East coast of Sweden, and grew up in Stuttgart and Braunschweig, Germany.  She commenced her musical education in Gothenburg, Sweden.
November 2017

“Heydorn’s sultry, lingering mezzo, complete with a sharply observed comic Russian accent, makes the free-spirited, ennui-ridden Prince (Orlofsky) both believable and lovable.” Charlotte Valori/Operissima November 2016

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