Mary-Jane is a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music and has a Professional Certificate from the Royal Academy with 11(1) Hons. also the Certificate of Advanced Studies.
She is a member of the BVA (British Voice Association), AOTOS (The Association of Teachers of Singing), ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians) and was a member of Equity from 1989 to 2017. She is committed to continuing professional development making use of the facilities these memberships provide. Mary-Jane works with all ages and abilities and also has an enhanced DBS to work with children and vulnerable adults (2016).
She has been teaching for over twenty-five years. She has taught at The School of The Science of Acting, as a part time lecturer for the Faculty of Arts Brunel University, and at The City of London School for Girls. She has led singing and Voice Workshops with various groups and attended many voice conferences including: The Estill Papers 2016, Estill Workshop 2017 with Estill CMT, ESTILL for singing teachers 2017 with Anne-Marie Speed’s The Voice Explained, and numerous multidisciplinary voice conferences including: 2017, BVA Voice Clinics Forum 2017 St Thomas’ Hospital. BVA The voice in distress: Burnout and The voice in distress: Emotional Repair 2016, BVA Voice and Neck 2016, BVA Assessment, Diagnosis and Remediation in the Studio 2016, BVA Tools of the Trade 2017, and at Imperial College London: Improving Voice, management and Therapy for Voice Disorders also 2018, BVA Glottal Start, Laryngeal science into practice. October 2018 British Laryngological Association study day Perceptual Analysis – Current Theory & Practice. In May 2012 Mary-Jane created VOICERCISE. In 2018 Mary-Jane was invited by Mary Hammond to lead a short practical session on Lax Vox at the Royal Academy of Music BVA Rock and Pop Weekend.
Mary-Jane de Havas Mezzo-soprano toured Spain at sixteen, singing her own composition for voice and string orchestra, also playing cello on the tour.
She studied singing at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, then Royal Academy of Music, winning the Arthur Burcher prize and two scholarships.
She has sung in France, and five cities in Japan with the Ambrosian Opera Chorus. She toured Britain and Northern Ireland, singing chorus, and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus for the D’Oyly Carte Opera.
Her roles include Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen, Elvira in Don Giovanni, Marcelina in The Marriage of Figaro, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, the Mother in Hansel and Gretal, Azucena in Il Trovatore for Brent Opera, Opera London and Windsor and Eton Opera, Orlovsky in Die Fledermause, the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Ulrica in Verdi’s Ballo in Maschera, Maddalena in Rigoletto and Martha in Gounod’s Faust.
She sang, Marcellina and Don Basilio in the Marriage of Figaro with Olivier award winning company OperaUpClose, six nights per week from September 2014 through November and toured the UK in 2015 with The Marriage of Figaro. Mary-Jane sings as a soloist in Oratorio and on the concert platform.
The Marriage of Figaro OperaUpClose “Mary-Jane de Havas’s fruitily-exaggerated Marcellina makes a perfect foil…” The Independent ★★★★
“There’s a charming moment when Mary-Jane de Havas, who doubles Marcellina and a gender-bending Basilio, has to effect a knowingly fumbled hat-swap in order to share a scene with her other self.” What’s On Stage