An Anglo-Swedish Society scholar, Mae Heydorn studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Graduating with distinction the Swedish-German contralto made her operatic debut with Glyndebourne Festival Opera in The cunning little Vixen and subsequently The Rape of Lucretia.
Mae is the winner of the Swedish Wagner Society’s Award 2019.
She has since made her critically acclaimed role debut as Erda in LFO’s new Ring cycle.
A Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Award winner and recipient of 1st Prize at the Schubert Society’s Lied Duo Competition Mae performs across the UK including the English Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, the Southbank Centre, ROS at St John’s Smith Square, the Oxford Lieder Festival and Music at Oxford.
She is one of the contralto/comic mezzo leads at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival at Harrogate and Buxton Opera House noted especially for her characterisations of Phoebe and Mad Margaret.
Contemporary performances include Bryony Kimmings’ Opera Mums for BBC4 and Birtwistle’s The Mask of Orpheus at English National Opera.
In 2021 the UK premier of Gounod’s La Nonne Sanglante earned her an Offie nomination for the title role and an Offie Award for best opera production.
A former student with Helmut Rilling and the internationally renowned Bach Collegium, Mae recently collaborated with early music specialists including Nigel Short, Sarah Latto, Robert Howarth and the Echo Vocal Ensemble.