Constance Beavon Biography

Constance Beavon, mezzo soprano, has perfomed the lyric mezzo soprano operatic repertory with New York City Opera (Cavallaria Rusticana and others), Grand Theatre du Geneve (Il Turco in Italia), Chicago Opera Theater (Where the Wild Things Are), Harrisburg Symphony (L'Enfant et les Sortileges), Clarion Concerts (Lodoiska) and Mannes Opera (Cosi Fan Tutte) as well as numerous world premiere operas for After Dinner Opera, Music Downtown, League ISCM, Aviva Players and Musica Viva of New York.

Performances as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Houston, Montreal, Baltimore, Arkansas, New Jersey, University of Chicago, New Orchestra of Westchester, Maine Music Society, Musica Viva of New York, Queens College, Du Page and Fox Valley  have included masterpieces of the orchestral song repertoire including Mahler Fourth Symphony, Das Lied von der Erde, Ruckert Lieder and Kindertotenlieder, Ravel Sheherezade, Chausson Poeme de l'Amour et de la Mer, Canteloube Songs of the Auvergne, and Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Ms. Beavon has performed the oratorio repertoire from Handel's Messiah to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and throughout the United States, and created more than a dozen new orchestral sacred works with Incontri di Musica Sacra e Contmporanea in performances throughout Italy and with the Harare Symphony in Zimbabwe, Africa.

At the same time she has performed the music of our time since her earliest experiences as a musician. She has recorded and premiered more than 100 works, many written especially for her. Collaborations with composers and writers have lead to unique theatrical/musical projects such as the one woman opera It Had Wings by writer Allan Gurganus and composer Bruce Saylor, recital programs created especially for art exhibitions at the Chicago Art Institute (Odilon Redon and the Symbolist poets), the Frick Museum in Pittsburgh (Ottocento Italian Painting, Poetry and Music), the Gardiner Museum in Boston and the Jewish Museum in New York City.

Additionally, Ms Beavon is a frequent performer of vocal chamber music with such distinguished organizations as Orchestra 2001, Library of Congress Summer Festival, Music Today Ensemble, Chicago Chamber Musicians, League ISCM Chamber Players, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Jubal Trio, Campion Quartet of Rome, Meridian Strings, and Rosewood Ensemble. Her more that 50 recordings of the vocal chamber music and song repertoire of our time are available on BMG, Da Capo, Opus One, RCA
New World and Musical Heritage Recordings.

Ms. Beavon is an honors graduate of Pomona College, Columbia University and New York University and holds prizes from international competitions in Montreal and Carnegie Hall. She lives in New York City with her husband, composer Bruce Saylor, and four amazing daughters.  When not engaged in music, she conducts interviews and produces films about the international activism, religion, art, and poetry.