CONCERTS: Current Season: Stephanie BlytheMezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is considered to be one of the most highly respected artists of her generation.
Ms. Blythe has sung in many of the renowned opera houses in the US and Europe including the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and the Opera National de Paris. Her many roles include the title roles in Carmen, Samson et Dalila, Orfeo ed Euridice, La Grande Duchesse, Tancredi, Mignon, and Guilio Cesare; Frugola, Principessa, and Zita in the Il Trittico, Fricka in both Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, Azucena in Il Trovatore, Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera, Baba the Turk in The Rake's Progress, Jezibaba in Rusalka, Jocasta in Oedipus Rex, Mere Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites; Isabella in L'Italiana in Algeri, Mistress Quickly in Falstaff, Ino/Juno in Semele, and Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus.
This season Ms. Blythe made her house debuts at the San Francisco Opera as Azucena and at Opera Boston as the title role in La Grande Duchesses, and also returned to the Metropolitan Opera for Il Trittico and to the Seattle Opera as Mistress Quickly. She also appeared in Carnegie Hall with both the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This summer she appears in the opening concerts of the BBC Proms, Tanglewood Festival, and Mostly Mozart Festival; and next season she appears as Fricka in the Metropolitan Opera's new productions of Das Rheingold and Die Walküre and makes her debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Un Ballo in Maschera and The Mikado.
Ms. Blythe has appeared with many of the world's finest orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra , Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, Minnesota Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Ensemble Orchestre de Paris. The many conductors with whom she has worked include Harry Bicket, James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, Mark Elder, Christoph Eschenbach, James Levine, Nicola Luisotti, Sir Charles Mackerras, John Nelson, Antonio Pappano, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Robert Spano, Patrick Summers, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
A frequent recitalist, Ms. Blythe has been presented in recital with her collaborative partner, Warren Jones, by Zankel Hall, Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series at Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Vocal Arts Society and at the Supreme Court at the invitation of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in Washington, DC; the Cleveland Art Song Festival, the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Shriver Hall in Baltimore.
Ms Blythe has also developed a strong relationship with the composer, Alan Smith. She premiered his Vignettes: Ellis Island, a song cycle written especially for her, and has since performed it at the Ravinia Festival and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. It was also featured in a special television program entitled Vignettes: An Evening with Stephanie Blythe and Warren Jones, presented by Opera News on the WNYE television series Opera New York. She recently premiered and recorded his Covered Wagon Woman, a piece commissioned for her residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Ms Blythe recently starred in the Metropolitan Opera's live HD broadcasts of Orfeo ed Euridice and Il Trittico. Her recordings of works by Mahler, Brahms, and Wagner and of arias by Handel and Bach are available on the Virgin Classics label.
Ms. Blythe was named Musical America's Vocalist of the Year for 2009. Her other awards include the 2007 Opera News Award and the 1999 Richard Tucker Award.
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