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Stephanie Marshall



Stephanie Marshall in action.
Paul Curievici as John Worthing, Stephanie Marshall as Gwendolen and Alan Ewing as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest © ROH / Stephen Cummiskey 2013

Canadian mezzo-soprano Stephanie Marshall made her Royal Opera debut in 2013 as Gwendolen Fairfax (The Importance of Being Earnest), a role she reprised in 2016. She has returned to sing Susannah (The Crackle) and Girl (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny). In the 2019/20 Season she sings Faranesi (The Intelligence Park) in a co-production with Music Theatre Wales.

Marshall studied at the Royal Academy of Music and was a Young Artist and later a Company Principal for English National Opera, where her roles included Wellgunde (Der Ring des Nibelungen), Sonya (War and Peace), Mercédès (Carmen), Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro), Annio (La clemenza di Tito), the title role in The Handmaid’s Tale and Kasturbai (Satyagraha). She created the role of Sidonie von Grasenabb in Gerald Barry’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. Her other operatic engagements include Arbate (Mitridate, re di Ponto) for Classical Opera Company, The Handmaid’s Tale for Canadian Opera Company, Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) for Buxton Festival and Nancy (Albert Herring) and Erika (Vanessa) for Pacific Opera Victoria.

Selected concert apperances include The Dream of Gerontius and El amor brujo with the Hallé Orchestra, Van der Aa’s Spaces of the Blank with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Nancy T’Ang in Nixon in China at the BBC Proms, and recitals in the UK and Canada with pianists including Julius Drake, Christopher Glynn, Michael McMahon and Jonathan Papp.

News and features

Listen: The Importance of Being Earnest – ‘I think it would make other types of music laugh’

31 March 2016
Listen: <em>The Importance of Being Earnest</em> – ‘I think it would make other types of music laugh’

Four singers from The Royal Opera’s revival of Gerald Barry’s acclaimed operatic adaptation of Wilde’s classic play discuss food, convention and keeping a straight face.

Your reaction: The Importance of Being Earnest

15 June 2013
Your reaction: The Importance of Being Earnest

Audience comments about the UK stage premiere of Gerald Barry's operatic Oscar Wilde adaptation.