Steph Wake Feb15-2023V2

Today on your show our topic is: “Career journey of a Mezzo-Soprano” Opera is a form of theatre in which music is a fundamental component and dramatic roles are taken by singers. Such a “work” (the literal translation of the Italian word “opera”) is typically a collaboration between a composer and a librettist (author connecting music with words) and incorporates a number of the performing arts, such as acting, scenery, costume, and sometimes dance or ballet. The performance is typically given in an opera house, accompanied by an orchestra or smaller musical ensemble, which since the early 19th century has been led by a conductor. Opera originated in Italy at the end of the 16th century especially from works by Claudio Monteverdi, and soon spread through the rest of Europe

Guest – Stephanie Wake-Edwards We are joined today by Stephanie Wake- Edwards a Mezzo-Soprano who recently performed in the Opera “Messiah” with the Toronto symphony orchestra at Roy Thompson Hall. A mezzo-soprano or mezzo (Italian: meaning “half soprano”) is a type of classical female singing voice whose vocal range lies between the soprano and the contralto voice types. Mezzo-sopranos generally have a heavier, darker tone than sopranos. After a 2021 performance in the “Seven Deadly Sins” at the Royal Opera House London the UK Guardian newspaper quoted “The binding force was the talented mezzo-soprano Stephanie Wake- Edwards, who showed artistic courage and verve”. She represented England in the Cardiff Singer of the world competition in 2021. Stephanie grew up in London, UK and is a graduate of University of York UK with a BA degree in sociology and social psychology. In 2019 She earned a Masters degree in Voice from the Royal Academy of Music in London.

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