Charlotte Stephenson Mezzo Soprano
Recipient of INDEPENDENT OPERA Voice Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music
British Mezzo-Soprano Charlotte Stephenson is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music’s Opera Course and previously gained a First Class Honours Degree in vocal and opera studies from the Royal Northern College of Music. Her opera engagements include Stella for the 2005 premier of The Airman’s Tale by Gerald McBuney at the Imperial War Museum London, The Devil in Stravinsky’s The Soldiers’ Tale at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Gertrude (cover) in Romeo and Juliette and Minsk Woman in Dove’s Flight for British Youth Opera. Charlotte will made her debut as a soloist at Glyndebourne as singing Valetto in The Coronation of Poppea for their 2010 Tour.
Charlotte is in increasing demand on the concert platform and has performed at venues such as Cadagon Hall, St Martin’s in the Field, Christchurch Spitalfields, St Johns Smith Square and Southwark, Blackburn and Sailsbury Cathedrals. She has given solo recitals at the Pump Room, Bath, The Foundling Museum, London and for the Lieder festival at Manchester University.
She has worked with The Manchester Camerata with whom she sang the Angel in Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius; with the Royal Academy’s Concert Orchestra in a performance of Bach’s Mass in B minor conducted by Trevor Pinnock, and recently performed the Alto Solo’s in Beethoven 9 under Sir Colin Davis. Charlotte recently performed the cantata Aminta e Fillide with Ensemble Serse at the 2010 London Handel Festival.
As a member for the Royal Academy’s Song Circle 2007-2009 Charlotte has given recitals at the Pump Room, Bath, The Foundling Museum and Wigmore Hall. With Song Circle Charlotte recorded a selection of Lieder by Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Schubert, Goethe’s Girls and Morike’s Men is distributed by Harmonia Mundi. Other performances for the Royal Academy Opera include Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Phillide in Haydn’s La Fedelta Premiata, Vava in Shostakovich’s Cheryomushki and Diana in Cavalli’s La Calisto.
Most recent engagements include Dido in Dido and Aeneas with the Hayfield Ensemble and singing The Neighbour in the Glyndebourne Young Artist’s production of Mavra by Stravinsky.
Charlotte is a graduate of the 2008 Solti Te Kanawa Accademia di Bel Canto and a Samling Scholar. She is grateful for the support of the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Josephine Baker Trust, John Lewis and the Sybil Tutton Trust.
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