Artist Interview: Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano

By Erik Petersons on February 6, 2013

With less than a month now until mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe takes the stage at the Perelman Theater on Tuesday, March 5, she has taken time to discuss her program and how she devised it.  Carnegie Hall has produced a series of three interviews with Stephanie in advance of this program with pianist Warren Jones.  Her recital explores popular music of the early 20th century–a period of remarkable musical ferment that saw the introduction of Jazz, blues and ragtime into the mainstream.  Her all-American recital will also feature literary-themed song cycles by Samuel Barber and James Legg.

Below, Stephanie tells the story of her program for her Carnegie Hall solo recital debue on March, 11th, just six days after her appearance on our series in Philadelphia.

On the importance of Art Song and recitals in a singer's career.

On the effect of audience reaction on a performer.

Stephanie Blythe appears on Tuesday, March 5th at 8 PM at the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater.  For tickets and information, visit the concert page or call the PCMS Box Office at 215.569.8080.