Stephanie Blythe

Biography

Born: 1969; Mongaup Valley, NY  
Mezzo soprano Stephanie Blythe is the daughter of a jazz musician and his wife, a German translator. Blythe was raised in Mongaup Valley in upstate New York, and studied voice at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY, with Patricia Misslin. Upon graduating in 1993, Blythe won an audition with the Metropolitan Opera's National Council. As a result Blythe participated in the Met's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and worked as an Read more understudy, making her Met debut as the offstage "voice" in a production of Wagner's Parsifal. This earned Blythe her first turn in the role of Mistress Quickly in Verdi's opera Falstaff, a part she has performed many times since. Blythe made her New York debut as recitalist at the annual Judith Raskin Memorial Recital of November 1994.

In the next several years Blythe continued to collect honors and began to tour internationally with the Metropolitan Opera Company. Blythe made her Lincoln Center debut in 1998 in a recital with pianist Warren Jones, and in 1999 was given the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Award. While appearing with the Paris Opera that summer in Falstaff, Blythe met her future husband, a former professional wrestler turned actor David Smith-Larsen, then cast in the role of the innkeeper in the same production. Blythe embraces a wide range of literature and has sung the music of Pauline Viardot-Garçia in addition to expected operatic turns such as in Carmen and in Wagner's Ring Cycle. But Blythe is as easily at home in both light French opera and heavier Germanic roles. In 2000 she signed a recording deal with Virgin Classics at a time when hardly any new talent was being scouted in the classical music industry.

Blythe has gathered an enthusiastic legion of fans from around the world. To cite just one example among many rave reviews written on Blythe, Seattle Post-Intelligencer music critic R.M. Campbell has stated: "Blythe's singing is supple and seductive, rich in color and nuance. The quietest of pianissimos are at her disposal, and she uses them, with great effect. She also has sheer power at her disposal. It is the rare singer who can play a part as fully in the voice as Blythe." Read less
Browse 1-19 of 19 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Verdi: Falstaff / Maestri, Meade, Blythe, Levine, Metropolitan Opera
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002390109 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Stephanie Blythe,  Ambrogio Maestri,  Angela Meade,  Lisette Oropesa  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 2.
    Verdi: Falstaff / Maestri, Meade, Blythe, Levine, Metropolitan Opera [Blu-ray]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002390059 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Angela Meade,  Ambrogio Maestri,  Stephanie Blythe,  Lisette Oropesa  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
    Blu-ray Video: $36.99
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  • 3.
    Gordon: 27, An Opera In Five Acts / Blythe, Christie, Opera Theatre Of St. Louis
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1549 Release Date: 02/03/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ricky Ian Gordon
    Performer:  Elizabeth Futral,  Stephanie Blythe,  Theo Lebow,  Tobias Greenhalgh  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Opera House Orchestra
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    Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Grimsley, Mellor, Blythe, Vinke, Fisch, Seattle Opera
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2313 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Stephanie Blythe,  Alwyn Mellor,  Stefan Vinke,  Greer Grimsley  ... 
    Conductor:  Asher Fisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra,  Seattle Opera Chorus
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  • 5.
    As Long As There Are Songs / Stephanie Blythe
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 875 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sammy Cahn,  Sholom Secunda,  Harry Warren,  Walter Kent  ... 
    Performer:  Stephanie Blythe,  Craig Terry
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    Mahler: Symphony No. 8 / Jansons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  [includes Blu-ray]
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 13002 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Robert Dean Smith,  Christine Brewer,  Camilla Nylund,  Stephanie Blythe  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Netherlands Radio Choir,  Latvian State Choir  ... 
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    Mahler: Symphony No. 8 / Jansons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra [includes DVD] Hybrid SuperAudio, DSD
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 13003 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Stefan Kocán,  Tommi Hakala,  Camilla Nylund,  Stephanie Blythe  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Netherlands Radio Choir  ... 
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  • 8.
    Wagner: Das Rheingold / Terfel, Croft, Blythe, Owens, Levine, Metropolitan Opera
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001754309 Release Date: 03/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Eric Owens,  Gerhard Siegel,  Bryn Terfel,  Richard Croft  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 9.
    Wagner: Das Rheingold / Terfel, Croft, Blythe, Owens, Levine, Metropolitan Opera [blu-ray]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001753859 Release Date: 03/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Eric Owens,  Gerhard Siegel,  Bryn Terfel,  Richard Croft  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Wagner: Die Walkure /  Westbroek, Kaufmann, Voigt, Levine, Metropolitan Opera
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001754409 Release Date: 03/19/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Stephanie Blythe,  Hans-Peter König,  Richard Croft,  Deborah Voigt  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Wagner: Die Walkure / Westbroek, Kaufmann, Voigt, Levine, Metropolitan Opera [blu-ray]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001753959 Release Date: 03/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Stephanie Blythe,  Hans-Peter König,  Richard Croft,  Deborah Voigt  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Mahler: Symphonies No 1-10, Das Lied Von Der Erde / Royal Concertgebouw
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 12101 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Bernarda Fink,  Ricarda Merbeth,  Miah Persson,  Camilla Nylund  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding,  Mariss Jansons,  Iván Fischer,  Daniele Gatti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Netherlands Radio Choir,  Boys of the Breda Sacrament Choir  ... 
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  • 13.
    The Voice / Philippe Jaroussky
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 2704 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Nicolo Porpora,  Leonardo Leo  ... 
    Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky,  David Daniels,  Ian Bostridge,  Joyce DiDonato  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Fabio Biondi,  Emmanuelle Haďm,  Jérémie Rhorer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus,  Artaserse Ensemble,  Europa Galante  ... 
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  • 14.
    Handel: Rodelinda / Fleming, Scholl, Kaiser, Blythe, Bicket  [blu-ray]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001745209 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Shenyang,  Joseph Kaiser,  Iestyn Davies,  Renée Fleming  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Bicket
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Handel: Rodelinda / Fleming, Scholl, Kaiser, Blythe, Bicket
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001745109 Release Date: 10/23/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Andreas Scholl,  Stephanie Blythe,  Renée Fleming,  Joseph Kaiser  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Bicket
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 16.
    Twilight Of The Gods - The Ultimate Wagner Ring Collection
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001724902 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Jennifer Johnson,  Eric Owens,  Lisette Oropesa,  Tamara Mumford  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 17.
    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Terfel, Kaufmann, Blythe, Voigt, Levine, Luisi
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001725109 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hans-Peter König,  Richard Croft,  Patricia Bardon,  Deborah Voigt  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Terfel, Kaufmann, Blythe, Voigt, Levine, Luisi [blu-ray]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001725059 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hans-Peter König,  Richard Croft,  Patricia Bardon,  Deborah Voigt  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Danielpour: An American Requiem / St. Clair, Blythe, Et Al
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 97 Release Date: 02/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Danielpour
    Performer:  Stephanie Blythe,  Marc Oswald,  Hugh Smith
    Conductor:  Carl St. Clair
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Symphony Orchestra,  Pacific Chorale
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