Anna Stéphany

Anna Stéphany

MEZZO-SOPRANO

Representation: General Management

Photo: Marco Borggreve

Overview

Anna Stéphany is emerging as one of the world’s most exciting mezzo sopranos.   In demand by both opera companies and orchestras, she is a firm favourite with conductors and directors. Her recording of Handel’s Serse for Chandos won critical acclaim, as did her performances of the repertoire of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.     Anna was part of the ensemble at Zürich Opera, she has also sung with major opera companies throughout Europe.   Anna studied at the Guildhall and was a winner of the Gold Medal and the Kathleen Ferrier Competition.

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Full Biography

Anglo-French mezzo-soprano Anna Stéphany has been praised for her stage-craft and “a superb, glowing, impassioned” voice. Anna was born in the North East of England and studied at the Guildhall School of Music, where she was a recipient of the Gold Medal, and the National Opera Studio. She represented England at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and is a Kathleen Ferrier Award winner.

Anna was a member of the ensemble at Opernhaus Zürich from 2012-15, where she made her debut as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.  Further roles in Zürich include Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Siebel in Gounod’s Faust, Nicklausse in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann and Minerva in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria. Her close relationship with the house has continued with Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito, a new production of Purcell’s King Arthur, Romeo I Capuleti e i Montecchi and Charlotte Werther.

One of her most coveted roles is Octavian in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, which she sang at the Bolshoi Theatre in 2011, the Royal Swedish Opera in 2015, and made her house debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in the role. Most recently, she has been heard at Opernhaus Zürich as Idamante Idomeneo, the Bayersiche Staatsoper as Dorabella Così fan Tutte and in a return to the Glyndebourne Festival for her debut as Sesto in David McVicar’s acclaimed production of Giulio Cesare.

Further appearances include 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; Handel’s Theodora with Rias Kammerchor; the title role in Charpentier’s Médée at Chicago Opera Theatre and in 2013 she covered Joyce di Donato in La Donna del Lago at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She made her debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich stepping in as Annio in La Clemenza di Tito and returned the following summer as La Musica and Speranza in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo.  A recent highlight was her debut at the Glyndebourne Festival as Sesto La Clemenza di Tito, which also formed part of the BBC Proms Festival 2017.

On the concert platform Anna has appeared with some of the world’s finest orchestras including performances of Rossini Stabat Mater and Beethoven Symphony 9 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Elijah with Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Cesti’s Orontea with La Nuova Musica at Wigmore Hall, Elgar’s Sea Pictures with the Bremer Philharmoniker, St Matthew Passion with the Handel & Haydn Society/Harry Christophers, La damoiselle élue with the Philharmonia Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen, and a programme of Handel in New York, London and Paris with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/William Christie in a tribute to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.   She made two appearances at the 2018 BBC Proms season, La damoiselle élue with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder, and L’enfant et les Sortileges with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle.

Anna’s debut solo recording Black is the Colour with the Labyrinth Ensemble was released in 2018 on Alpha Classics.  Featuring works by Luciano Berio, Falla and Ravel, the disc won critical acclaim.   Other recordings include the title role in Handel’s Serse with Christian Curnyn and the Early Opera Company for Hyperion.   Anna also appears alongside Juan Diego Florez as Charlotte in a DVD of Opernhaus Zürich’s Werther and as Sesto in Glyndebourne’s recent DVD release of La Clemenza di Tito from the 2017 festival.

In her 2018-19 season Anna returns to Zürich as Hänsel, Hänsel und Gretel, and as Octavian Der Rosenkavalier.  She makes her debut at the Teatro Real Madrid as Clairon in Christoph Loy’s new production of Capriccio. Concert performances include L’enfance du Christ with Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Britten Sinfonia at the Barbican and Saffron Hall and Le Martyre de St. Sebastien with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.  Alongside pianist Sholto Kynoch, Anna gives recitals at this year’s Lammermuir Festival and in Zürich.

Promoters please note: if you wish to include this biography in a concert programme etc, please contact Hazard Chase to ensure that you receive the most up to date version.

Email: Evie Parker

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News

Anna Stéphany debuts Hansel

November 14th, 2018

Mezzo soprano returns to Zürich for new production

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Summer Opera 2018

May 31st, 2018

Hazard Chase artists in the 2018 summer opera festival season

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BBC Proms 2018

May 3rd, 2018

Hazard Chase artists perform at the Proms

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Concerts across the Easter Period

March 23rd, 2018

Hazard Chase artists performing across Holy Week and Easter

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Suzuki, Stéphany and Gilchrist in Madrid

March 14th, 2018

Mendelssohn’s Elias with the Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España

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Reviews

Handel GIULIO CESARE (Glyndebourne Festival)

“Anna Stéphany’s exquisitely poised account of Sesto’s “Cara speme” […] the evening’s vocal highlight.”
Rupert Christiansen, the Telegraph (June 2018)

“Anna Stephany presented Cornelia’s hot-headed son Sesto with dramatic authority and complete vocal command.”
The Stage, George Hall (June 2018)

“Patricia Bardon’s Cornelia is a grandly tragic creation, while Anna Stéphany’s Sesto has a flame-like fury; the beauty of the solos and duets by these very contrasting mezzos makes time stand still.”
Michael Church, The Independant (June 2018)

“Anna Stéphany was vocally superb and dramatically convincing as the revenge-seeking son Sesto”
Sebastian Scotney, The Arts Desk (June 2018)

“Her lithe mezzo projected well. “Cara speme” was heartbreaking, with sensitive ornamentation in the da capo.”
Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack (June 2018)

 

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EINE SCHUMANNAIDE– Heidelberger Frühling with pianist Sholto Kynoch

“Anna S. brought [the Schumann songs] to life with an open mezzo soprano which carried the words far and wide into the venue. Every vowel was exploited in its full breadth and with light colouring. She succeeded in gracefully forming the words, all imbedded in melodious lines and possessing a childlike sense of wonder… in further songs from “Myrten”, such as the Hochlaender-Witwe, every word sung she sang, in any register, could be clearly understood, so that even her literary interpretation became audible.”
Simon Scherer, Feuilleton (April 2018)

 

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BLACK IS THE COLOUR (Labyrinth Ensemble, Alpha Classic CD)

‘Stéphany’s singing gives all colours, there is light and shade, and an intense spontaneity and presence. The passion and vocal strength of her singing has an true immediacy’.
Remy Franck, March 2018

‘showcasing the beguiling talents of Anglo-French mezzo-soprano Anna Stéphany, […] There is no doubt here that Stéphany’s is a highly trained voice […] Stéphany is utterly entrancing, savouring each syllable so that her characterisation of each song builds wonderfully form the text.’
BBC Music Magazine (April 2018)

 

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Mozart LA CLEMENZA DI TITO – Glyndebourne Festival

“Anna Stéphany, replacing a pregnant Kate Lindsey, sang with searing Classical directness and refulgent tone, and in ‘Parto, parto’ she displayed sensational control. Her ‘masculine’ presence was complete too”
John Allison, Opera Magazine, (August 2017)

“But the evening’s undoubted star was Anna Stéphany – a  slender and youthful Sesto, touchingly full of angst and remorse, dispatching both his/her big arias with terrific élan and immaculate technical control.”
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph (27 July 2017)

“Stéphany trawls Sesto’s emotional and moral anguish with tragic intensity. Her technique is also formidable: Parto, Parto is simply breathtaking.”
Tim Ashley, The Guardian (27 July 2017)

“cross-dressed Stephany’s ravishingly-sung and vividly-characterised Sesto deservedly stole the show.”
Michael Church, The Independent (27 July 2017)

“The stars, however, are the women. Anna Stéphany is a revelation as Sesto. She looks terrific as a handsome boy, and her voice is lithe, clear and expressive.”
Richard Morrison, The Sunday Times (27 July 2017)

“Mezzo Anna Stéphany shines as Sesto, in anguish over the conflict between love and friendship.”
Clare Colvin, Sunday Express (6 Aug 2017)

“Stéphany proved the sensation of the night, singing with a thrilling edge and admirable dexterity.”
Stephan Pritchard, The Guardian (30 July 2017)

‘With Anna Stéphany as the protagonist, the drama of betrayed friendship takes a powerful turn.  A perfect Annio in Aix in 2011, Stéphany brings a technical freedom to the role of Sextus, an intimate colouring of tone,  all carefully and minutely detailed in her interpretation’
Jean-Philippe Grosperrin, Diapason [DVD review] (November 2018)


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Massenet WERTHER – Oper Zürich

“Anna Stéphany embodies the complex role of Charlotte’s as conceived by the director, with her sleek, warm mezzo”
Badische Zeitung, (April 2017)

“Stephany plays this role with such intensity that one would almost forget that she is making her role debut as Charlotte”
Christian Wildhagen, Neue Zurcher Zeitung (April 2017)

“Intense and moving, she offered a well-rounded middle register and shining top notes”
Nicolas Blanmont, Opera Magazine, (August 2017)

“Anna Stéphany sings an accomplished Charlotte, dignified, contained, her lines sensitively phrased and coloured”.
Mark Pullinger, Gramophone (June 2018)

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Discography & Repertoire

Weir – THE VANISHING BRIDEGROOM
Ailish Tynan (soprano), Anna Stéphany (mezzo), Andrew Tortise (tenor), Owen Gilhooly (baritone) & Jonathan Lemalu (bass baritone). BBC Singers & BBC Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins

NMC (2014)

Handel – SERSE

With Anna Stephany (mezzo), Rosemary Joshua (soprano), David Daniels (counter-tenor) and Hilary Summers (contralto).  Christian Curnyn conducts the Early Opera Company

CHANDOS (2013)

Handel – IL TRIONFO DEL TEMPO E DEL DISINGANNO

With Anna Stephany (mezzo), Lucy Crowe (soprano) and Hilary Summers (contralto) with the Early Opera Company conducted by Christian Curnyn

WIGMORE HALL, LIVE (2011)

Artist Manager

Sue Nicholls (Cambridge)
sue.nicholls@hazardchase.co.uk
01223 706023

Associate Artist Manager

Evie Parker (Cambridge)
evie.parker@hazardchase.co.uk
01223 706414