STEPHANIE BLYTHE (mezzo-soprano) is considered one of the most highly respected artists of her generation. She has appeared with many of the most distinguished opera companies in the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera House, and the Paris Opera. Also an accomplished concert singer, she has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, the MET Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra, and the Concertgebouworkest, and at the Tanglewood and Mostly Mozart festivals and the BBC Proms. In recital, she has been presented by Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, and Town Hall in New York; the Vocal Arts Society in Washington DC, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the Tanglewood and Ravinia festivals. Blythe starred in the Metropolitan Opera’s live HD broadcasts of Orfeo ed Euridice, Il Trittico, Rodelinda, and the complete Ring Cycle. She also appeared in PBS's Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic's performance of Carousel and her acclaimed show, We'll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith. Her recordings include her solo album, as long as there are songs (Innova), and works by Mahler, Brahms, Wagner, Handel and Bach (Virgin Classics). Blythe was named Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year for 2009. Her other awards include the 2007 Opera News Award and the 1999 Richard Tucker Award. She is also the Artistic Director of the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar at the Crane School of Music.