"Soprano Sydney Baedke presented an exquisite program... Baedke’s voice is luminously clear and round. Her solid musicianship was evident in her delicately spun phrases and dramatically powerful climactic moments. Her singing conveyed the emotional impact of a Puccini aria while her three songs by Liszt displayed as sweet and pure a soprano sound as I have heard in some time."
- Toronto Concert Reviews, 2019
Canadian soprano Sydney Baedke has long been enamored with all things opera. Praised for her "shimmering" coloratura (Opera News), she began her vocal training at age five in her native Alberta and has since made emerging artist debuts across Canada, the United States, and Europe. A two-time prize winner and Regional Finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Sydney received her graduate operatic degree from Houston’s Rice University in 2019. It was also at this time that she made her American professional debut as La Fortuna & Valletto in Tim Albery’s critically acclaimed production of The Coronation of Poppea with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, where she also covered the role of Gilda in Rigoletto as a Gerdine Young Artist. She has performed leading roles including Calisto (La Calisto), Serpetta (La Finta Giardiniera), Cunégonde (Candide), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Muffin (Bolcom's A Wedding), Malwina (Der Vampyr), and Johanna (Sweeney Todd). Sydney has held fellowships with prestigious institutions including the Aspen Music Festival, the Toronto Summer Music Festival, Opera Nuova, the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, and SongFest at Colburn. She is currently a Rebanks Artist in Residence with Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, and in the 2019/20 season appeared in concert venues including Koerner
Hall and the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Prior to the Covid-19 crisis, she was looking forward to returning to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to perform Frasquita in Carmen, as well as cover roles in Die Fledermaus and the premiere of Tobias Picker’s Awakenings. Sydney is now looking forward to finding new ways to connect with audiences, which has included covering Donna Anna for Brott Opera Festival’s virtual presentation of Don Giovanni and participating in the inaugural session of the Dandelion Opera Institute. Throughout August 2020, Sydney will also be singing as an inaugural member of the Manitoba Opera Digital Emerging Artist Program.
Beyond the opera stage, Sydney also has an avid interest in the creation of new works and the presentation of engaging concert repertoire. Her love of chamber music has allotted her the opportunity to explore master-work compositions including Shostakovich’s Seven Romances on Poetry by Blok (op. 127) for soprano & piano trio, Chausson’s Chanson Perpetuelle, and Ernst Toch’s Die Chinesische Flöte with the Royal Conservatory of Music in partnership with the London Royal Academy in November 2019. While Sydney is excited by a variety of musical styles, she has a particular affinity for the music of Mozart, Bel Canto repertoire, and the music of Romantic Russian composers, having performed many iconic Russian compositions in numerous concert venues.
When not performing, Sydney can be found doting upon her cat, Hugo Wolf, trying on shoes by John Fluevog, and binge watching British dramas. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance (Honours) from the University of Toronto (2017). Sydney is immensely grateful for the generous support of the Alberta Government and the Art Song Foundation of Canada.