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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 in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia.

Mae is the winner of the Swedish Wagner Society’s Award 2019.

In 2022 she made her critically acclaimed role debut as Erda in Siegfried at Longborough Festival Opera and the Hackney Empire.

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, ROS at St John’s Smith Square, the Oxford Lieder Festival and Music at Oxford.

Contemporary performances include Bryony Kimmings’ Opera Mums for BBC4 & Birtwistle’s The Mask of Orpheus at ENO.


Mae regularly sings the comic mezzo and contralto leads at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival at Harrogate and Buxton Opera House especially noted for her characterisations of Mad Margaret, Phoebe and Katisha.

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.