British mezzo-soprano Stephanie Wake-Edwards joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in the 2019/20 Season. This Season she sings Käthchen (Werther), Flora Bervoix (La traviata), Herdswoman (Jenufa), Second Maid (Elektra) and Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly).
Wake-Edwards graduated from the University of York with the BA in Sociology with Social Psychology, and studied for a Masters Degree in Opera at the Royal Academy of Music with Alex Ashworth and Jonathan Papp. In 2018 she sang in the Glyndebourne Chorus for Saul, Vanessa and Madama Butterfly at Glyndebourne Festival, and also performed Third Noble Orphan (Der Rosenkavalier) there. She returned to Glyndebourne Festival in 2019 as a Jerwood Young Artist. Her other opera engagements include Martha (Iolanta) for Royal Academy Opera, Mrs Noye (Noye’s Fludde) for English Martyrs’ Leicester, Dido (Dido and Aeneas) for Leicester MusicFest, Old Woman, Book of Fate and Mrs Northwind (The Enchanted Pig), Arnalta (L’incoronazione di Poppea) and Third Lady (The Magic Flute) for Hampstead Garden Opera, Florence Pike (Albert Herring) and Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia) for Aspect Opera and Auntie (Peter Grimes) for Dartington International Festival.
Wake-Edwards is an RAM Bach Cantata/Kohn Foundation Scholar, and the recipient of the Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust Award, the Sarah Walker CBE Mezzo-soprano Award and support from the Josephine Baker Trust, Help Musicians UK and the RAM. She won a special award from Marc Minkowski in his Concours Bordeaux Médoc Lyrique and has been a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Award and the Richard Lewis Award.