Anglo-French mezzo-soprano Anna Stéphany makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season as Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier).
Stéphany was born in north-east England and studied at King’s College London and the National Opera Studio. She joined the ensemble of Zürich Opera House in 2012, with her roles for the company including Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Sesto (La clemenza di Tito) and Siébel (Faust). Further roles include Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) for Théâtre du Châtelet, Annio (La clemenza di Tito) for Bavarian State Opera, the title role in Charpentier’s Médée for Chicago Opera Theatre and Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) for the Bolshoi Theatre and Royal Swedish Opera.
In concert, Stéphany has performed with such ensembles as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Philharmonia Orchestra, Ensemble Pygmalion, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble and La Scintilla, with conductors including William Christie, Laurence Cummings, Thomas Hengelbrock, Jakub Hrůša and Raphaël Pichon. Further performances include at the 2016 BBC Proms with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Gabrieli Concert in Schaffhausen and Elgar’s Sea Pictures with the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra. Her recordings include the title role of Handel’s Serse with Christian Curnyn and Early Opera Company, nominated for a Gramophone Classical Music Award.