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Stephanie Blythe

  • Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Stephanie Blythe has appeared with many of the world finest orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra (in Boston and in Tanglewood), Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, 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.