• Anna Stéphany

    Mezzo-soprano

“Ms. Stéphany was radiant. Her voice is a marvelously even blend of focus, power and warmth across the range.”

The New York Times

Anglo-French mezzo-soprano Anna Stéphany has been praised for her stage-craft and for possessing a voice that The New York Times calls “a marvelously even blend of focus, power and warmth”. Ms. Stéphany was born in the North East of England and studied at King’s College London and the National Opera Studio. She is a Guildhall Gold Medal recipient, represented England at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and is winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award.


Anna Stéphany sings superbly as the capricious Serse. With her glowing, impassioned mezzo, Stéphany presents a more sympathetic character, while giving full vent to Serse’s petulant wilfulness elsewhere.

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Ms. Stéphany was radiant. Her voice is a marvelously even blend of focus, power and warmth across the range. In the virtuosic runs of Dopo notte from Ariodante; her clean, solid technique supported performances of jubilant brilliance.

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Biography

Anglo-French mezzo-soprano Anna Stéphany has been praised for her stage-craft and for possessing a voice that The New York Times calls “a marvelously even blend of focus, power and warmth”.

Ms. Stéphany joined Zürich Opera House in 2012/13 where she made her debut as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. Future roles in Zürich include Siebel in Gounod’s Faust; Nicklausse in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann; Minerva in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria and Komponist in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos.

One of her most coveted roles is Octavian in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier; she made her role debut to critical acclaim at the Bolshoi Theatre in 2011. Ms. Stéphany will revive this role in the coming seasons with her debut at both the Royal Swedish Opera in 2015 and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2016.

She made her critically acclaimed opera recording debut in 2013 in the title role of Handel’s Serse with Christian Curnyn and Early Opera Company, of which Gramophone Magazine said “Anna Stéphany sings superbly as the capricious Serse with her glowing, impassioned mezzo”; and The Guardian “Anna Stéphany sweeps all before her as a magnificent Serse”.

Anna Stéphany has appeared as Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris; Annio in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito at Aix-en-Provence; the title role in Charpentier’s Médée at Chicago Opera Theatre and she covered Joyce di Donato in La Donna del Lago at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2013.

On the concert stage Ms. Stéphany has performed with some of the world’s finest orchestras. 2013 saw her perform Handel in New York, London and Paris with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/William Christie in a tribute to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. Other recent concerts have included performances with Philharmonia Orchestra/Jakub Hrusa; Pygmalion/Raphaël Pichon; Balthasar Neumann/Thomas Hengelbrock; La Scintilla/Laurence Cummings; she is also noted for her interpretations of modern music, most recently in Luciano Berio’s O King at the BBC Proms, where Ms. Stéphany has performed on many occasions.

In the coming seasons Ms. Stéphany will perform in concert with the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Academy of Ancient Music, Russian National Orchestra, Zürich Philharmonia and London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Anna Stéphany was born in the North East of England and studied at King’s College London and the National Opera Studio. She is a Guildhall Gold Medal recipient, represented England at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and is winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award.

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