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 performed in a wide variety of national & international venues sharing her passion for vocal gems both new and old. Winner of the 2019 Arkansas District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Sydney recently completed her graduate opera studies at the prestigious Rice University in Houston, TX under the tutelage of Stephen King. She has most recently been seen onstage in the title role of Rice University’s La Calisto , Olympia in the Aspen Music Festival’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann , and Serpetta in Rice University’s La Finta Giardiniera. Additional stage credits include: Cunégonde (Candide), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Muffin ‘The Bride’ (A Wedding by Bolcom), Malwina (Der Vampyr by Marschner), and Johanna (Sweeney Todd). Sydney has held a number of performance fellowships for opera and art song festivals alike, including the Aspen Music Festival, the SongFest Summer Institute in Los Angeles, the Toronto Summer Music Festival, Opera NUOVA, and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. She made her professional operatic debut in 2016 as Betty in Salieri’s Falstaff with Toronto Opera in Concert, and in 2017 made her solo recital debut at the Toronto Arts & Letters club. Sydney recently 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 roles of Gilda (Rigoletto) and Barbarina (The Marriage of Figaro). In the fall of 2019 she excitedly looks forward to joining to the Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program as one of five resident fellows at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada, where she will be based for the 2019/2020 season.
Sydney also has an avid interest in the creation of contemporary music, and has enjoyed exploring new Canadian compositions including the title role in Dean Burry’s Pandora's Locker and the creation of Eva Braun in the 2015 premiere of Andrew Ager’s Führerbunker. Her love of chamber music has allotted her the opportunity to perform 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.
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.