Bejun's solo career began at the age of nine. "I never liked countertenors very much," says Bejun Mehta, whose brilliant eight-year career as a boy soprano ended in 1983. "I never wanted to be one." But on November 4, 1997, when he read a profile of the much-admired countertenor David Daniels, the story felt oddly familiar. Like Mehta, Daniels had sung as long as he could remember. Like Mehta, he had struggled to remake himself in an accepted "grownup" vocal category. Only when he took flight as a countertenor did his primal connection to music suddenly return.
"I put down the magazine," Mehta says, "got up out of my chair, took a breath, and made sound." Months later he was singing Handel in downtown Manhattan, a newborn countertenor blowing listeners away with his fluency, power, and emotional abandon. Performances of Handel's Partenope at the New York City Opera in the fall of 1999 brought the news uptown. A European tour has taken him to London and Vienna, where he celebrated his first anniversary as a countertenor. — The Altlantic, Feb 1999
Feb 2004: Bejun was recently nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, by the Society of London Theatre, for his countertenor performance in "Orlando".