Stephanie Blythe is an up and coming American mezzo soprano who is starting to garner an excellent reputation for both her singing as well as her acting and with an additional flair and talent for comedy.
She won the prestigious Richard Tucker Award in 1999 but it was in 1996 that her career first started to blossum when she stood in for Marilyn Horne at the Metropolitan opera as Mistress Quickly in "Falstaff."
Her career really took off three years later when she sang Cornelia in Handel's Giulio Cesare. She was the starring mezzo in the world premier of The Sailor-Boy and the Falcon which was produced by the Crane School of Music Opera Ensemble.
Stephanie Blythe played supporting roles at the Metropolitan Operas productions of Un Ballo in Maschera and Die Walkure. It has been said the acclaim she achieved in both operas exceeded that recieved by the leading players.
Taking time out in 2010 for a bit of lighter stuff, she played Katisha in The Mikado at the Lyric Opera of Chicago with great critical success and her particular flair for comedy was well noted by the critics and audience alike.
She has appeared in many of the renowned opera houses in the US and Europe including Seattle Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Opera National de Paris.
Her many roles include the title roles in Carmen, La Grande Duchesse and Tancredi.
In addition she has played leads in 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, Jocasta in Oedipus Rex, Mere Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites, Isabella in L'Italiana in Algeri, Mistress Quickly in Falstaff, Ino/Juno in Semele, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Dalila in Samson et Dalila, the title role in Orfeo and Jezibaba in Rusalka.