Irish Soprano Anna Devin is widely acknowledged as one of today’s brightest talents for her vocal versatility and strong stage presence. She has established an international career since graduating from the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artist programme in 2012. Highlights of the 2015/6 season include Handel’s Saul with Glyndebourne Touring Opera; her Welsh National Opera company debut as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro; concerts at Mozartwoche in Salzburg and Lausanne Bach Festival and her debut at Teatro alla Scala.
However, as a child, Anna had difficulties acquiring literacy and was eventually found to be dyslexic. Supported very heavily by her mother to strive for success, Anna has clearly achieved this. We asked her what her view was of being dyslexic and what she would say to other young people on finding they are dyslexic.
“Being different is not a bad thing. Not fitting in with the crowd is a blessing, as we all have our own journey and being forced to find your own path brings originality. It’s not going to be easy and don’t expect to be spoon-fed. You must take control of yourself and your own learning and find the skills and ways that work best for your unique brain.”