Many congratulations to soprano Sophie Bevan and conductor Robin Ticciati, who have been awarded an MBE and OBE respectively in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Robin receives an OBE for services to music. The honour follows the culmination of his position as Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra last year. Music Director of both the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Robin will spend his summer in Lewes, conducting performances of La damnation de Faust and Rusalka at Glyndebourne, before returning to Berlin to open the DSO’s season on 11 September with a special concert of Adámek, Dvořák and Dean, plus Robin’s own version of Beethoven’s Große Fuge in B major.
Sophie has received an MBE, again for services to music. Currently performing the role of the Governess in Garsington Opera’s The Turn of the Screw, Sophie’s wide repertoire continues to grow, with recent additions including Freia in Das Rheingold (which she sang for the first time at Teatro Real Madrid earlier this year) and Mélisande (which she sang for the first time in her Dresden Semperoper debut). Future engagements include her first Countess in Le nozze di Figaro and a return to Covent Garden.
Elsewhere in the industry, director David Pountney is awarded a knighthood for services to opera, composer Jonathan Dove and pianist Joanna MacGregor receive CBEs for services to music, and Sophie’s sister and fellow soprano Mary Bevan also receives an MBE.
View the full honours list here.