The German mezzo-soprano, Stefanie Irányi, grew up in the Chiemgau area of Bavaria. She studied at the University Music School (Musikhochschule) in Munich and was a prize-winner of many music competitions, including the International Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau and the National Song Competition in Berlin.
In 2006, during her studies, she had a successful debut at the opera house in Turino, Italy, in a new production of Giancarlo Menotti's "The Consul". This was followed by engagements at opera houses in Palermo, Turino, Naples, Parma and Venice, where she was heard in operas by Vivaldi, Mozart, Verdi and Wagner.
With her wide range of repertoire, from Baroque through late Romantic periods, she is a welcome guest on international stages such as the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein, the Herkulessaal and Philharmonie in Munich, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the Paris Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.
Stefanie Irányi has worked together with conductors such as Hansjörg Albrecht, Bruno Bartolotti, Fabio Biondi, Asher Fisch, Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos, Martin Haselböck, Michael Güttler, Zubin Mehta, Peter Schreier, Simon Rattle, Philippe Herreweghe and Jeffrey Tate.
She has worked with many orchestras, including the Münchner Philharmoniker, NDR Elbphilharmonieorchester, Bamberger Symphoniker, Mahler Jugendorchester and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.
Her wide discography shows her versatality, and was highly praised in the magazine Opernglas: "...sung by Irányi with a warm, strongly expressive voice, it is truly heart wrenching. Some nuances here remind one of the intimate style of Elizabeth Schwarzkopf."