Australian soprano Miriam Gordon-Stewart, recently highly praised in the German press for her 'powerful' and 'magnificent' Tosca debut, was a resident soloist with the Hamburg Staatsoper from 2005 - 2009. There her varied roles included Jenufa in Jenufa, Madame Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmélites, Alice Ford in Falstaff, Micaëla in Carmen, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, Elettra in Idomeneo, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Mimì in La bohème, Liù in Turandot, Arabella in Arabella, Freia in Das Rheingold and Helmwige in Die Walküre in the Première of Hamburg’s new Ring Cycle.
Guest engagements have taken her to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Alice, Mannheim National Theatre and Staatstheater Kassel as Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Graz Opera as Arabella, and the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Ms Gordon-Stewart also sang Britten’s War Requiem in Kassel, with the Orquestra Gulbenkian in Lisbon and with Dresden Philharmonic.
As a member of Opera Australia in Sydney from 2001 to 2005, Ms. Gordon-Stewart debuted the roles of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Eva, Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw, Rosalinde and Mimì. She also collaborated with Simone Young and Orchestra Victoria in a live broadcast of Strauss’s Four Last Songs. In August 2007, Miriam returned to Australia to premiere the chamber song cycle The Beginning and the End of the Snow, composed for her by David Chisholm, which was recorded and broadcast by ABC Classic FM.
In 2009, Gordon-Stewart launched her freelance career with a debut in the Bayreuth Festival as Helmwige under the baton of Christian Thielemann. She was praised as “dramatically phenomenal” (Frankfurter Rundschau) in the challenging lead role of Rosine Kampf in the World Première of Oscar Strasnoy’s Le Bal in Hamburg, where she also appeared as a guest for performances of Hanna Glawari in Die Lustige Witwe. Other significant performances include Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes and the title role of Tosca at the Bremerhaven Opera, Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony in Lisbon and Elsa inLohengrin at the Kassel State Theatre,
More recently, Ms. Gordon-Stewart appeared as Betty in Brett Dean’s Bliss at the Hamburg Staatsoper and made her debut at Le Théâtre du Châtelet as Rosine in Le Bal, which was also live broadcast by Radio France. Engagements in 2012 include singing the title role in Suor Angelica in Il trittico at Staatsoper Hannover to great acclaim and performing the role of Leonore in Fidelio for State Opera of South Australia. In 2013 she makes her debut as Sieglinde in Die Walküre in Opera Australia’s Ring Cycle in Melbourne.