Australian soprano Miriam Gordon-Stewart has gained recognition across four continents for her powerful instrument and dramatic vulnerability, specializing in the repertoire of Wagner and Strauss.
Described in the French press as “a genuine singer-actress”, she has performed over 40 leading roles at major opera houses including the Sydney Opera House, Hamburg State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hannover, Mannheim, Kassel, Châtelet (Paris), Korean National Opera and the Bayreuth Festival. She has also performed in concert with the Dresden Philharmonic, the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Lisbon and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, among many others.
A co-founder and the Artistic Director of Victory Hall Opera in Charlottesville, VA, Miriam directed the American Premiere of Rameau's Sympathy (Achante et Céphise), The Forgotten and Haydn’s Armida. She also made roles debuts as The Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier and Isolde in Tristan und Isolde.
Gordon-Stewart returns regularly to Australia where she recently performed in a Strauss Gala with Simone Young and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Korngold and Jankowski concert programs at Coriole Music Festival and Mahler 8 in Brisbane.
She was a resident soloist with Hamburg Staatsoper from 2005-2009, performing roles including Countess (Nozze di Figaro), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Jenufa, Mimi, Madame Lidoine (Dialogues des Carmelites), Freia (Rheingold) and Arabella amongst many others. Other career highlights have included Eva (Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg) with Opera Australia, Mannheim and Kassel, Marie in Wozzeck with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sieglinde for Opera Australia’s Ring Cycle in 2013, (for which she received a Helpmann Award Nomination) and Helmwige at the Bayreuth Festival under Christian Thielemann.
Miriam began her career as a soloist at Opera Australia, performing roles including Mimi, Leila (The Pearlfishers), Countess (Marriage of Figaro), Hanna Glawari (The Merry Widow), Eva (Meistersinger) and Miss Jessel (Turn of the Screw).
In 2020, Miriam will write the libretto for a new opera by Matt Boehler, based on Neil LaBute's play Fat Pig. She will direct La Traviata for Victory Hall Opera, and will make her debut as Brünnhilde in Wagner's Ring Cycle in Toronto and Belleville in a co-production between Opera By Request and Berlin Wagner Gruppe.