Stephanie Blythe to Perform with Les Violons du Roy at Harris Theatre, 10/14-27
Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe - coming off a starring role in Robert Lepage's production of the Ring Cycle at New York's Metropolitan Opera - heads to Chicago for her Harris Theater debut, performing alongside the award-winning French-Canadian ensemble Les Violons du Roy and Music Director Bernard Labadie, October 17 at 7:30 pm. Ms. Blythe and Les Violons du Roy stop in Chicago as part of their North American tour running October 14 - 27.
Known for her commanding stage presence, Ms. Blythe is considered one of the most in-demand classical opera stars performing today. Her expansive range has propelled her to international stardom, having appeared at opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera and the Opera National de Paris. She was recently seen on PBS's "Live from Lincoln Center," where she was filmed during her performance of "Stephanie Blythe: We'll Meet Again - The Songs of Kate Smith" at Lincoln Center's American Songbook Series. This celebration of the life of the late Kate Smith has thrilled audiences and critics alike, with the New York Times declaring that "Ms. Blythe was in some ways an even better Kate Smith than Kate Smith."
Ms. Blythe will perform works by Haydn and Handel, accompanied by the 15-member Les Violons du Roy. Now entering its 30th anniversary season, the ensemble will make its third visit to the Harris Theater. The performance also features works by composers Telemann and Bach.
Stephanie Blythe, Mezzo-Soprano
Ms. Blythe has appeared with many of the world's finest orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, Minnesota Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Ensemble Orchestre de Paris and the Concertgerbouworkest. She has also appeared at the Tanglewood, Cincinnati May and Ravinia Festivals, and at the BBC Proms.
A frequent recitalist, Ms. Blythe has been presented in recital in New York by Carnegie Hall (both in Stern Auditorium and Zankel Hall), Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series at Alice Tully Hall and its American Songbook Series at the Allen Room, Town Hall, the 92nd Street Y, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has also been presented by the Vocal Arts Society and at the Supreme Court at the invitation of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Washington, DC; the Cleveland Art Song Festival, the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Shriver Hall in Baltimore, and San Francisco Performances.
A champion of American song, Ms. Blythe has premiered several song cycles written for her including Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson by the late James Legg, Covered Wagon Woman by Alan Smith which was commissioned by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and recorded with the ensemble (CMS Studio Recordings); and Vignettes: Ellis Island, also by Alan Smith and featured in a special television program entitled Vignettes: An Evening with Stephanie Blythe and Warren Jones.