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 Cosi fan tutte. Future roles in Zürich include Siebel Gounod’s Faust; La Muse/Nicklauss in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann; Minerva in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria and Komponist 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 The Guardian said “Anna Stéphany sweeps all before her as a magnificent Serse”. This recording was nominated for a Gramophone Magazine Award in 2014 “Anna Stéphany sings superbly as the capricious Serse with her glowing, impassioned mezzo”.
Anna Stéphany has appeared as Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia at Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris; Annio La clemenza di Tito at Aix-en-Provence and most recently Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich; the title role in Charpentier’s Médée at Chicago Opera Theatre and she covered Joyce di Donato in the role of Elena in Rossini’s 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, Ulster Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, 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.