Stephanie Hershaw

soprano

 Stephanie is currently in her final year of her Masters at the Royal College of Music, under the tuition of Rosa Mannion, Gary Matthewman & Simon Lepper. Stephanie is the Midori Nishiura Scholar, a Leeds Lieder Young Artist and is supported by the Josephine Baker Trust. 

Prior to this, she graduated with a First Class Honours Degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. During her third year, Stephanie had the privilege of gaining a place to study in Leipzig, Germany, at the renowned Hochschule für Musik und Theatre- Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.

 

Stephanie has performed various roles including Molly Braden in The Beggar’s Opera (Opera’r Ddraig), Mrs Ham in Noye’s Fludde (Newport Cathedral), The Flying Cow in Dirty Beasts (RWCMD School’s Opera Tour), 2nd Niece in Peter Grimes (Opera’r Ddraig Scenes), Tiny in Paul Bunyan (Opera’r Ddraig Scenes), Aminta in Il re pastore (RCM Opera Scenes) and a chorus member in The Rake’s Progress (British Youth Opera), Die Fledermaus (Opera’r Ddraig), Falstaff (RWCMD Opera School ) and Street Scene (RWCMD Opera School).

Recent engagements involved performing the role of Papagena in Waterperry Opera Festival’s production of The Magic Flute and the roles of Virtue in Handel’s The Choice Hercules and Thomas Linley’s The Song of Moses with Benslow Music. As well as this, Stephanie recently worked closely with Roger Vignoles in a two-day Mahler dedicated program. She is a Leeds Lieder Young Artist 2019 and a London Handel Competition and Corneille Concours semi-finalist.

In terms of choral music, Stephanie performed as a scholar in the BBC National Chorus of Wales for 4 years on multiple occasions. A highlight is performing at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall annually as well as being involved in regular performances at St David’s Hall, Cardiff. Stephanie also enjoys singing as a soloist, recent performances have been with Lincoln Sinfonia’s Messiah and Burgess Symphony Orchestra’s Vaughn Williams Pastoral Symphony. Upcoming performances as a soprano soloist include Kingston Choral Society’s Bach’s Magnificat and Leith Hill Musical Festival’s Mozart Mass in C Minor.

Stephanie has been fortunate enough to have sung in masterclasses with international artists such as Elizabeth Watts, Joseph Middleton, Simon Lepper, John Fisher, Donald Maxwell, Louise Alder and Kathryn Harries. As part of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 Fringe Events, Stephanie was delighted to sing in a masterclass with Ailish Tynan and Llŷr Williams.

Stephanie is the Midori Nishiura Scholar, an RCM Award Holder and is also generously supported by the Mario Lanza Foundation, The Munster Trust Star Award, The Boas Charitable Trust, The Kathleen Trust, The Clemence Charitable Trust and the Josephine Baker Trust.