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“It’s Mae Heydom who steals the show as their mother Gertrud, doubling as Die Knusperhexe

(The Nibble Witch). Her powerful voice and awesome stage presence, bring menace and knowing

humour to the evening.” David Winskill

"the trios first of Norns – notably Mae Heydorn – ...all made their mark"       The Guardian

The Guardian

“a gorgeously sung Erda from Mae Heydorn”

The Arts Desk

“But almost the most beautiful singing of the whole evening, and the most magical touch, comes from the Erda, Mae Heydorn.”

For Erda, awoken from her long deep sleep, Wagner directs that she “appears to be covered with hoar frost, her hair and garments throw off a glimmering brightness”. As the vocally superb Mae Heydorn writhed slowly inside a gauze envelope, that is exactly what we saw.


Opera Now

La Nonne / La Nonne Sanglante “Mae Heydorn was the star turn as the nun”

Seen and Heard International

Erda / Siegfried /Longborough Festival Opera Three singers in smaller roles were mightily impressive: Mark Stone’s power-hungry and vengeful Alberich, Simon Wilding’s unusually poignant Fafner and Mae Heydorn’s bewildered Erda which she sang with focussed intensity and contralto richness.

The Telegraph

Mark Stone’s wild mop-haired Alberich, guarding the treasure, and Mae Heydorn as Erda, the earth goddess and mother of Brünnhilde, are both impressive.

Opera Today

A richly sonorous Mae Heydorn as the earth Goddess Erda is marvellously matriarchal.


His Act III meeting with Erda (a splendid Mae Heydorn) is suitably terrifying as he stands on a rock with his staff, and she appears behind him within the frame clutching her own.

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