Stephanie Marshall

Stephanie Marshall, Mezzo Soprano

Pacific Opera Victoria
Nancy in Albert Herring

February, 2013


Stephanie Marshall returns to Pacific Opera Victoria as Nancy in Britten's Albert Herring – a role she previously sang at Opera McGill. Ms. Marshall made her POV debut as Erika in the April 2011 production of Samuel Barber's Vanessa.

Stephanie Marshall's performance in the demanding title role of Poul Ruder's The Handmaid's Tale marked her out as one of the most interesting young mezzo-sopranos to emerge in recent years. She appeared in the British premiere of the opera, based on Margaret Atwood's award winning novel, with the English National Opera. She then returned to her native Canada for her debut with the Canadian Opera Company when Phyllida Lloyd's production was staged there in 2004.

Stephanie studied at McGill University, Montreal, and at the Royal Academy of Music, London, , where she was awarded The Queen's Commendation for Excellence. She was also the winner of the 2001 Kathleen Ferrier Award.

Stephanie Marshall was a Company Principal with the English National Opera and her roles there include Annio (La clemenza di Tito), Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro), Tessa (The Gondoliers), Wellgunde (The Rhinegold and Twilight of the Gods), Proserpina Orfeo), Sonya (War and Peace), Mercedes (Carmen), and Offred (The Handmaid's Tale). She covered Xerxes (Xerxes) , Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Sesto (La clemenza di Tito), the title role in Ariodante, and The Messenger in Orfeo. Opera appearances elsewhere include L'Enfant in L'Enfant et les sortilèges, Meg Page in Falstaff, Nancy in Albert Herring and Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos. Recent engagements include Kasturbai in Satyagraha for ENO and covering the title role in Maria Stuarda for Opera North.

In concert she has sung with the Hallé Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Britten Sinfonia and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group for the BBC. She sang the role of Sidonie vin Grasenabb in the world premiere performance of Gerald Barry's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, also recorded for CD with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra. Recent engagements include Holst's Savitri at Kings Place, a 30th Anniversary Gala for Opéra de Montréal, and The Dream of Gerontius with the Hallé Orchestra.

As a recitalist Stephanie Marshall has performed with Christopher Glynn, Julius Drake, Anna Tilbrook and Michael McMahon. She has recorded recitals for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and made her Wigmore Hall debut in 2002.

Engagements in 2010/2011 included The Dream of Gerontius with the Hallé Orchestra, 2nd Esquire/3rd Flowermaiden in Parsifal for ENO, Erika in Vanessa for Pacific Opera Victoria and a Michel van der Aa commission at Spitalfields with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Recent engagements include Prince Charming (Cendrillon) for Blackheath Halls Community Opera, and First Secretary Nancy T'ang in a semi-staged performance of Nixon in China at the BBC Proms and Musikfest Berlin with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers and conductor John Adams


 

Below: Stephanie Marshall, as Erika, sings Must the Winter Come So Soon? in Pacific Opera Victoria's 2011 production of Samuel Barber's Vanessa.

 

Stephanie Marshall offered a totally convincing and beautifully sung account of the tormented Erika, presenting in the closing scenes a compelling picture of a young woman possessed of volcanic emotions yet also of rarely breached self-control.
Bernard Jacobson, Musicweb International, Review of Vanessa (2011)

Stephanie Marshall, who sang Offred in the work's English-language premiere at English National Opera, gave an incandescent performance, vocally and dramatically
Christopher Hoile, Opera News

ENO's performance has a stunning centrepiece in Stephanie Marshall...She holds the stage with quite authority and artless concentration ... And she sings with radiant purity.
Andrew Clark, Financial Times

She is extraordinary ... tremendous stage presence, sensitive acting and a very beautiful voice.
Helen Wright, musicOMH

December, 2012