An Anglo-Swedish Society scholar, Mae Heydorn studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Graduating with distinction in 2012 she made her operatic debut that same year with Glyndebourne Festival Opera in the role of Woodpecker The Cunning Little Vixen.
Recent engagements with the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company and her recent debut with Longborough Festival Opera earned her critical acclaim and 5 star reviews in the Daily Mail.
‘a gorgeously sung Erda from Mae Heydorn’ Andrew Clements, The Guardian
‘From the moment the curtain rose to reveal Phoebe at her spinning wheel, Mae Heydorn shone in the role, her voice creamy and clearly focussed, and her diction impeccable. She had a lovely sense of humour, too, and Were I thy bride was delectable.’ Nigel Simeone, Opera Magazine
Mae is the winner of the Swedish Wagner Society’s Award 2019 and the recipient of the London Wagner Society’s Audience Prize in 2016 and President’s Prize in 2014.
She is making her role debut singing Erda in Longborough Festival Opera’s forthcoming production of Siegfried.
Her Wagner repertoire includes Brangäne Tristan und Isolde, Erda Das Rheingold & Siegfried, Siegrune, Waltraute and Rossweiße Die Walküre, Waltraute and Zweite Norn Götterdämmerung and Frau Mary Der fliegende Holländer.
A Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Award winner, Mae sings with orchestras throughout the UK including the Royal Orchestra Society at St. John’s Smith Square and The Messiah with the English Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall. She has also sung the Lutheran Masses under Helmuth Rilling at the Stuttgart Bachakademie with the resident Bach-Collegium.
Her operatic repertoire includes Carmen Carmen, Cornelia Giulio Cesare, Juno Semele, Die Amme Die Frau ohne Schatten, Sorceress Dido and Aeneas, Maddalena Rigoletto, Prinz Orlofsky Die Fledermaus, Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro, Emilia Otello, Polina Pikovaya Dama, Mrs Grose The Turn of the Screw, Bianca The Rape of Lucretia and Gäa Daphne.
Contemporary performances include Third Woman/Third Fury cover in ENO’s production of Birtwistle’s The Mask of Orpheus, Hans Werner Henze’s Voices at the Barbican Hall and the world premiere of Jacques Cohen’s The Exodus Fragment in a part written for her. Mae was part of the original cast creating Opera for the Unknown Woman with renowned sound designer Melanie Wilson and critically acclaimed Fuel production company.
Filmed for the BBC, she sang the part of Kerry in ‘Bryony Kimmings does Opera with single mums’.
An accomplished Lied and art song interpreter Mae won 1st Prize at the Schubert Society’s Lied Duo Competition and she appears in recital across the UK and Europe including the Oxford Lieder Festival and Music at Oxford.
Uppcoming engagements include Grimgerde cover in ENO’s production of Wagner’s The Valkyrie, Annina La Traviata in Regent Opera’s touring production, Erda in Longborough Festival Opera’s forthcoming productions of Siegfried and Das Rheingold and a UK tour with the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company singing Little Buttercup HMS Pinafore, Mrs Partlett The Sorcerer and Ruth The Pirates of Penzance.
Upcoming recital and concert work include a concert performance of Act 2 Samon et Dalila at St. John’s Waterloo, a concert with highlights from the Messiah, St Matthew Passion and Elijah with Uckfield Choral Society, Beethoven 9 with Coro Nuovo and a new work by Jacques Cohen.