Reviews

Tony and The Young Artists, Recital with Antonio Pappano

“Tony and the Young Artists, Royal Opera House, review: Stephanie Wake-Edwards is one to watch”……”But it’s Wake-Edwards who really owns the evening, a handy bottle of Maraschino and a bar stool helping her to transform the space into a louche, late-night cabaret. Dring’s narrator…is a miracle of deadpan heartbreak, every flicker lovingly captured by this expressive singer: the highlight of this unexpectedly relaxed performance.”

iNews, Feb 2021 

“Stephanie Wake-Edwards will leave you shaken and stirred by her cocktail of cabaret songs”…”But it was Wake-Edwards who really stole the show… She conjured up late-night cabaret as she sang Kurt Weill’s ‘Speak Low’, William Bolcom’s ‘At the last lousy moments of love’, and finally Madeleine Dring’s ‘Song of a Nightclub Proprietress’. ‘Speak Low’ was sultry rather than bittersweet which was more a feature of her other two songs. Whisper who dares, Wake-Edwards is a contralto though no one is allowed to be that these days. She looks to be a consummate singing-actor and would be a natural in musical theatre.”

SeenAndHeardInternational, Feb 2021

Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance / Royal Opera House cond. Sir Mark Elder, Richard Hetherington and Michael Papadopoulos dir. Isabelle Kettle

“In the Orsini-Gennaro duet from Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, mezzo Stephanie Wake-Edwards impressed with her fearless coloratura and fluent textual command.”
Bachtrack, July 2021

“Stephanie Wake-Edwards was the compelling stage presence she always now is, and she will be a particularly fine Eboli one day.”
Seen and Heard, July 2021

“More melodrama followed in the Act II duet between Gennaro and Orsini from Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia. This was handled with a light touch from Stephanie Wake-Edwards… [she] acted and sang with delightful swagger.”
MusicOMH, July 2021

Anna I in Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins and Jessie in Weill and Brecht’s Mahagonny Songspeil / Royal Opera House cond. Michael Papadopoulos dir. Isabelle Kettle

“The binding force was the talented mezzo-soprano Stephanie Wake-Edwards, who showed artistic courage and verve both in The Seven Deadly Sins and in Mahagonny.”
The Guardian, April 2021

“The sextet of singers was led by a remarkable tour de force from seemingly inexhaustible and very talented singer-actor Stephanie Wake-Edwards (as first Anna I and then Jesse) and her dark-toned – contralto-like – voice was rich, emotive and dramatic.”
Seen and Heard, April 2021

“Vocally the role [of Anna I] fits Wake-Edwards like a charm, her mid-range warmth never grating, always grateful.”
Bachtrack, April 2021

“This places a huge acting burden on mezzo Stephanie Wake-Edwards, last seen singing Weill in the Crush Bar with Antonio Pappano as pianist, and she carries it off superbly. First captured by hand-held cameras leaving her real dressing room for the one that takes up half the stage – canny designs by the excellent Lizzie Clachan – she sees her volatile sister through the make-up mirror. She’s excellent with the text..”

The Arts Desk, April 2021

“Aspiring star Anna I is Stephanie Wake-Edwards, her fruity mezzo-soprano full of scope.” 

The Guardian, April 2021

“Wake-Edwards dares us to look away as she bares all musically.”

iNews, April 2021

“Stephanie Wake-Edwards shoulders the main role of Anna I with grit.”

Financial Times, April 2021

Live from Covent Garden / The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, cond. Antonio Pappano

“I was also struck by Stephanie Wake-Edwards, a British mezzo with a rare contralto timbre. She was both terrifying and magnificent in Where shall I fly? From Handel’s Hercules.” 
The Times, June 2020

“Stephanie Wake-Edwards does powerhouse things with Deijanira’s mad scene from Handel’s Hercules” 
The Guardian, June 2020

“After an overture in the form of a spirited performance of Bach’s double violin concerto came Dejanira’s mad scene from Handel’s Hercules. It was sung with vibrant intensity by the mezzo Stephanie Wake-Edwards.”
The Telegraph, June 2020

“British mezzo-soprano Stephanie Wake-Edwards excelled with her singing and acting during Handel’s ‘Where shall I fly?’ (from Hercules). Sung in English with perfect diction…Joyce DiDonato would approve of Wake-Edwards’s coloratura and mindful that no one wants to admit to being a contralto these days just listen to Wake-Edwards’s unmistakeable dark tones throughout…”
Seen and Heard International, June 2020

Flora in Verdi La Traviata / Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, cond. Daniel Oren, dir. Richard Eyre

“Stephanie Wake-Edwards’s glowing, burnished mezzo as Flora was unforgettable.”
Seen and heard international, December 2019

“Stephanie Wake-Edwards rather shone as Flora, a glint and a flash in her eyes that mirrored the confidence of her singing.”
Opera Today, December 2019

 “the excellent Stephanie Wake-Edwards as Flora.”
Bachtrack, December 2019

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