Stephanie Blythe (Contralto)
Artist's website: http://www.stephanieblythemezzo.com/
Stephanie Blythe (b.1970) was born and educated in New York, and has been a regular at the Metropolitan Opera since the mid-1990s: she won the 1994 Met Council Auditions, and made her debut at the house the following year (as the Voice from Above in Parsifal). Subsequent roles there have included Amneris in Aida, Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri, Mistress Quickly in Falstaff (‘extraordinarily deep and dark’ – [iFinancial Times), Cornelia in Giulio Cesare, and Jezibaba in Rusalka (‘her stirring sound set the hall ringing – The New York Times).
Blythe’s discography includes Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody with John Nelsons, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with Mariss Jansons, John Corigliano’s One Sweet Morning (written to commemorate the 9/11 attacks, and premiered by Blythe in 2011) with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, and DVDs of The Ring Cycle, Verdi’s Falstaff, Giordano’s Andrea Chénier, and Handel’s Rodelinda (all from the Metropolitan Opera).