The German mezzo-soprano, Stefanie Irányi, after a period abroad, began vocal studies in 1997 at the Munich Hochschule für Musik und Theater, completing her training there with distinction in 2006. She was a student in the Lieder master-class of Helmut Deutsch in Munich, and participated in master-classes with Sarah Walker, Sena Jurinac and Christa Ludwig. She was a scholarship holder of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation and in 2000 prize-winner of the German Bühnenverein. In 2004 she was prize-winner in the Robert Schumann International Competition in Zwickau, and in the Romantic Song section of the International Promotion Prize Competition in Munich. In autumn 2004 she took first prize in the National Singing Competition in Berlin.
Stefanie Irányi, is establishing her reputation both on the opera and concert stages, as well as an outstanding interpreter of art song. For a recent Lieder recital with pianist Helmut Deutsch in Basel Switzerland, she was praised as “a young singer with a winning vocal radiance and performing intelligence”. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz, noting a rare performance of Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder on a Tel Aviv stage, wrote that she was “… a wonderful singer, shaping each syllable into the long and expressive phrases with her beautiful voice and her original musicality”.
Stefanie Irányi has performed at the Parma Opera, Italy, in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and Robert Schumann’s Faust Szenen. She has also toured Peking, China, with that company. She appeared at the Teatro Regio in Torino in Menotti’s The Consul, at the Fenice in Venice in Antonio Vivaldi’s Ercole sul Termodonte and as Wellgunde in Wagner’s Die Götterdämmerung. She also sang at the Ancona, Napoli, Bariand Lisbon opera houses.
On the concert stage, Stefanie Irányi has sung at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Herkulessaal in Munich and at the Ludwisburg Festival. She has performed Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI in Torino and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle in the Teatro Massimo of Palermo. Her repertoire also includes Mozart’s Requiem, J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor (BWV 232), St. John Passion (BWV 245), St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) and Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248). She has sung under the batons of conductors Zubin Mehta, Helmuth Rilling, Fabio Biondi, Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos, Bruno Bartoletti, Asher Fisch, Jeffrey Tate, amongst others. She sang the alto solos of St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) in Japan under Peter Schreier, , J.S. Bach’s Magnificat (BWV 243) under Helmuth Rilling and a leading rôle in Agostino Steffaniʼs opera Alarico il Baltha at the Prince Regent Theatre in Munich. In 2013, she will debut in the Wagner bicentennial production of Der Ring des Nibelungen under Maestro Zubin Mehta during Florence’s Maggio Musicale and also at the Theatre in Valencia.
Stefanie Irányi She gives Lieder recitals at home and abroad. She has collaborated with pianist Helmut Deutsch in numerous recitals, including appearances at the Wigmore Hall in London, at Schubertiades in Perth and Barcelona, and in Munich and Vienna.
Stefanie Irányi’s discography includes Dvorak’s Requiem, Johannes Brahms' Lieder album (Brilliant Classics, 2009), Johannes Brahms' Volkslieder with baritone Michael Volle (Brilliant Classics, 2013), Il Matrimonio di Tobia by Simon Mayr (Oehm Classics). In October 2011 her first solo CD, with the Neue Hofkapelle München, featuring works by George Frideric Handel, Haydn and Johann Adolf Hasse appeared (Oehm Classics).