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Bejun Mehta

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Biography

Bejun Mehta possess a large operatic repertoire which 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.

In concert, Bejun Mehta regularly appears with recital partner Julius Drake and performs with major orchestras and ensembles, including the Freiburger Baroque Orchestra, the Akademie für Alte Musik, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Les Talens Lyriques, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Chicago and San Francisco Symphonies, under such conductors as René Jacobs, Ivor Bolton, Marc Minkowski, Sir Charles Mackerras, Harry Bicket, Christophe Rousset, and Zubin Mehta.

Bejun Mehta's upcoming opera engagements include Tamerlano in Barcelona, Emone (Antigone) at the Staatsoper Berlin, 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.

Mr Mehta has been profiled by CBS-TV, A&E, ORF 1, ORF 2, ARTE and ARD. He recently became a Harmonia Mundi artist.