Stephanie is a London-born contralto. In July 2016 she graduated from the University of York with a BA in Sociology with Social Psychology. She has been studying voice with Alex Ashworth since 2014. In September 2017 she will continue her studies on the Masters in Vocal Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, for which she has been awarded an entry scholarship.
Stephanie is extremely grateful for the support of The Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust as The Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust 2017 award winner, and The Royal Academy of Music for supporting her studies.
In November 2017 Stephanie will sing with Hampstead Garden Opera for a third time as Old Woman/ Mrs Northwind/ Book of Fate in Dove’s The Enchanted Pig. Previously she sang Arnalta (L’incoronazione di Poppea, May 2017) and Third Lady (The Magic Flute, November 2016).
In April 2016 she sang the role of Lucretia in Aspect Opera’s inaugural production of The Rape of Lucretia. In July 2017 she will sing the role of Florence Pike in Aspect Opera’s production of Albert Herring as part of the Make It York summer festival. This production will be taken to the first Left Bank Opera Festival in August 2017, in collaboration with the Northern Opera Group.
In August 2017 she will sing the role of Auntie in the Dartington Summer Festival’s production of Peter Grimes with Paul Nilon as Grimes, conducted by Sian Edwards. In February 2017 she sang the role of Fairy Queen in Southgate Opera’s production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe. In June 2017 Stephanie was the contralto soloist for the Yorvic Sinfonia, singing Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder. Stephanie has also been selected to sing with British Youth Opera this summer 2017.
Stephanie will sing the role of Hansel in Fulham Opera’s 2018 production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. This production will be part of a large education project that will be taken into schools, with a total of 20 performances.
During her studies at the University of York she performed at The Grand Opera House (York), The Stained Glass Centre, York’s Jack Lyon’s Concert Hall, York University’s Central Hall, the National Centre for Early Music, Upstage Theatre (York) and the Harrogate Theatre (amongst many others). Roles performed include Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, Second Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Le Prince Charmant in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Galatea in Handel’s Acis and Galatea and Phyllis in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe.
Stephanie is the recipient of the Sarah Walker CBE Mezzo-Soprano award from the AIMS Bursary fund 2016; this is the top award to mark its ten-year anniversary. With the kind support of this bursary, she sang the role of Hermia from Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by John Ramster and conducted by John Hancorn.
In 2015 she sang with OperaCoast as a principal (Javotte) in their production of Manon directed by Chris Cowell and conducted by Gregory Rose. In September 2016 Stephanie was selected for OperaCoast’s Sing Russian programme which culminated in December with performances of ‘The Old Tales of Kitezh Grad’, at Brighton’s Russian Cultural Centre and London’s Pushkin House, singing pieces from Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snowmaiden and The Night Before Christmas.
Stephanie has sung in a number of masterclasses including those with Dr Ron Morris, Janice Chapman, Veronica Veysey Campbell and Gordon Stewart at the Aberystwyth MusicFest summer 2016 and with Della Jones at the National Opera Studio in 2015.