Stephanie Corley – Soprano

Soprano Stephanie Corley studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. She has sung for leading opera companies and festivals across the UK, including a variety of contemporary repertoire, and has performed extensively on the concert platform. Recently she sang Sieglinde Die Walküre in concert for Leeds Sinfonia.

For Opera North Stephanie has also sung the title roles of Kiss Me, Kate, The Merry Widow, Katya Kabanova, Kristina The Makropulos Case and Desiree Armfeldt A Little Night Music. For Scottish Opera she has performed Musetta La bohème and Hanna Glawari The Merry Widow. For Glyndebourne Festival; Pamina Die Zauberflöte and Marzelline Fidelio. For Longborough Festival; Countess Le nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni and 1st Lady Die Zauberflöte. For Birmingham Opera Company with Graham Vick; Desdemona Otello and Emma Khovanshchina. For Buxton International Festival; Arminda La finta Giardiniera and Antonia Les Contes d’Hoffmann for Diva Opera.

Outside the UK Stephanie has appeared as Musetta La bohème for Nederlandse Reisopera and Freia Das Rheingold and 3rd Norn Götterdämmerung for Teatro Massimo, Palermo. Stephanie has excelled in contemporary repertoire, making notable appearances in the title role of Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus for Independent Opera, the title role in James MacMillan’s Ines de Castro for Scottish Opera, Gayle The Ice Break for Birmingham Opera Company, multiple roles in Tête-à-Tête’s Blind Date and The Lottery with Bury Court Opera.

In concert, Stephanie has appeared at the Royal Albert Hall, the O2 centre, St. John’s Smith Square, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Barbican Centre, Snape Maltings, St David’s and Fairfield Halls, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Sage Gateshead, Bridgewater Hall, Cadogan Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.  Concert highlights have included a BBC Radio 3 In Tune session, featuring her solo recital at St John’s Smith Square, a concert and recording of the aria and cabaletta from The Rake’s Progress (Stravinsky) and Knoxville Summer of 1915 (Barber) with the Lugano Radio Orchestra in Switzerland, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony at Snape Maltings, Britten’s Les Illuminations with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler 4 at St James Piccadilly, Mozart Mass in C minor and Rossini Stabat Mater for Hadleigh Choral Society, Viennese Galas with the Northern Sinfonia, Thomas Zehetmair and Jacek Kaspszyk and Verdi Requiem with Carlo Rizzi.

Stephanie is grateful to have received a Maidment Scholarship from the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund, the Anne Wood/Johanna Peters Glyndebourne Award, the Philip & Dorothy Green Award, a Chilcott Scholarship and support from the Kathleen Trust, John Wates and the Nichol-Young Foundation.

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“Stephanie Corley’s Katya was a superb picture of conscience splintered by guilt, her inner battles constantly spilling onto the surface.”

Opera Magazine

“For Katya Opera North have Stephanie Corley, their former Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow and Kristina in The Makropulos Case: her pure tone and youthfulness are perfectly suited to the role, and she plays the frustrated Katya with desperate sincerity.”

The Arts Desk

“Soprano Stephanie Corley portrayed the simple shepherd with touching sensitivity, and was particularly affecting when laying the gentle Hermit (Adrian Thompson) in his grave.”

The Guardian


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