Stephanie Wake-Edwards is a London-born mezzo-soprano. With her unique and impressive voice, despite her young age she has consistently attracted international attention from the highest levels, including in 2018 when Marc Minkowski awarded Wake-Edwards a special recital in his Concours Bordeaux Medoc Lyrique. She has already secured engagements with several opera companies and orchestras, including Glyndebourne Festival and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where she has been a Jette Parker Young Artist since September 2019 and where she is invited to stay as anniversary artist for the 2021/22 season, performing 3rd Lady (Die Zauberflöte) and Flora (La Traviata) and covering Auntie (Peter Grimes) and Maddalena (Rigoletto).
Further upcoming highlights include Handel’s Messiah with the Glyndebourne Tour, her house debut at Garsington Opera as Third Nymph (Rusalka), her European debut at Hamburg Staatsoper as Javotte (Manon), her debut with Grafenegg Festival performing Vivaldi Stabat Mater with Fabio Biondi and a recital with the Opéra National de Bordeaux.
In 2018, Wake-Edwards made her debut as Third Noble Orphan (Der Rosenkavalier) at the Glyndebourne Festival as well as joining their Chorus for Saul, Vanessa and Madama Butterfly. The following season, she covered Third nymph (Rusalka) and performed as part of the chorus in Die Zauberflöte and Faust as part of the Jerwood Young Artist Programme and was invited to return to cover Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress) in 2020. In September of 2019, she made her debut on stage of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Käthchen in Werther, followed by her role debut as Flora (La Traviata) and covered Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte).
Operatic engagements also include Mrs Noye (Noye’s Fludde) for English Martyr’s, Leicester; Dido (Dido and Aeneas) for Leicester Music Fest; Old Woman/Book of Fate/Mrs Northwind in Jonathan Dove’s The Enchanted Pig, Arnalta (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Third Lady (The Magic Flute) all for Hampstead Garden Opera; Florence Pike (Albert Herring), Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia) both for Aspect Opera and Auntie (Peter Grimes) for The Dartington International Festival.
Wake-Edwards was a Royal Academy of Music Bach Cantata/Kohn Foundation scholar, recipient of the Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust Award 2017, a member of Royal Academy of Music’s prestigious Song Circle and was supported by the Josephine Baker Trust, Help Musicians UK and Royal Academy of Music where she held a Blue Badge Style Award. She was also recipient of the Sarah Walker CBE Mezzo-Soprano Award and won second prize in the Isabel Jay Competition 2017. She was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards 2018, The Richard Lewis Award 2018 and in 2021 she was a semi-finalist in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, representing England.
She graduated from the University of York in 2016 with a BA in Sociology with Social Psychology, and studied for a Masters Degree in Vocal Studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Alex Ashworth.
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