Stephanie Wake-Edwards is a London-born mezzo-soprano. In September 2017 she began her Preparatory Opera Masters at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she studies with Alex Ashworth and Jonathan Papp. In July 2016 she graduated from the University of York with a BA in Sociology with Social Psychology.
With her unique and impressive voice, Stephanie Wake-Edwards is attracting significant international attention from the highest levels. At only 25 years old, she has already secured engagements with several opera companies and orchestras, including Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, where she will join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2019. In 2018, Marc Minkowski awarded Stephanie a special recital in his Concours Bordeaux Medoc Lyrique. She was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards 2018 and The Richard Lewis Award 2018.
Wake-Edwards is 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 is supported by the Josephine Baker Trust, Help Musicians UK and Royal Academy of Music where she holds a Blue Badge Style Award. She is also the recipient of the Sarah Walker CBE Mezzo-Soprano Award and won second prize in the Isabel Jay Competition 2017.
In September 2019, she will make her debut on stage of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Käthchen in Werther, followed by more role debuts such as Flora La Traviata, Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly, Maid Jenufa and Second maid in Elektra. In 2018, Stephanie 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. In summer 2019, she will cover roles including Third Lady Die Zauberflöte at Glyndebourne as part of the Jerwood Young Artist Programme.
Operatic engagements 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.
Stephanie’s operatic repertoire includes Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro, Hermia A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, among several others.
Title role Carmen
Hermia A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Lucretia The Rape of Lucretia
Auntie Peter Grimes
Nancy Albert Herring
Florence Pike Albert Herring
The English Lady Death in Venice
Mrs Noye Noye’s Fludde
Old Woman / Book of Fate / Mrs. Northwind The Enchanted Pig
Gilbert and Sullivan
Fairy Queen Iolanthe
Cornelia Giulio Cesare
Cesare Giulio Cesare
Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel
Le Prince Charmant Cendrillon
Arnalta L’incoronazione di Poppea
Ottavia L’incoronazione di Poppea
Sesto La clemenza di Tito
Dorabella Così fan tutte
Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte
Dritte Dame Die Zauberflöte
Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro
Mrs Page The Merry wives of Windsor
Dido Dido & Aeneas
Lel The Snowmaiden
Title role Tancredi
Isabella L’Italiana in Algeri
Octavian Der Rosenkavalier
Third Noble Orphan Der Rosenkavalier
Olga Eugene Onegin
Title role Mignon
Mistress Quickly Falstaff
Erda Das Rheingold
St. John Passion
St. Matthew Passion
Mass in C
Israel in Egypt
Petite Messe Solenelle
A Child of Our Time
"Well-centred intonation and carefully crafted phrasing created a somnolent ‘strangeness’ in the ensuing aria.”
“We have a truly exceptional Arnalta from Stephanie Wake-Edwards, on turbo disapproving-Nonna mode, with a lush contralto and bags of attitude.”
"[...] dark soft alto Stephanie Wake-Edwards sang the most comforting and gentle tones of the Messiah in ternary pastoral rhythms. Her alto solo was a voice of deep sorrow."