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Praised for her “full, rich sound,” Stephanie Sanchez is quickly creating a name for herself as a rising young mezzo soprano. Though in the early stages of her career, Ms. Sanchez has already gained a variety of experiences through her education and work in many prestigious settings. Her repertoire ranges from Handel to Strauss, Spanish art song to German orchestral lieder, and premiers of contemporary American works.
Stephanie Sanchez is a 1st year Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artist, and will appear in Hercules vs Vampires as Persephone, Candide as Paquette, Barber of Seville as Berta, and Das Rheingold as Flosshilde. Stephanie has also participated in the studio program at Sarasota Opera and in the festival and young artist programs at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Mostly recently, Ms Sanchez was a young artist at the Glimmerglass Festival where she sang the role of Yesi in the world premiere Stomping Grounds and covered the role of Amastre in Xerxes.
Ms. Sanchez is currently completing her artist diploma at the prestigious Shepherd School of Music at Rice University under the direction of Julie Simson. Her roles at the Shepherd School include 'Rosina' in The Barber of Seville the mezzo soloist in Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen, and selections from Norma, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Dialogues of the Carmelites.
Some of Stephanie’s other roles and engagements include 'Zita' in Gianni Schicchi at PORTopera, 'Abuela' in En mis palabras at Atlanta Opera, and performances of the title role in Carmen at both Emerald City Opera in Steamboat Springs, CO and Opera Breve in New York City. Stephanie also recently won first place in the 2016 Young Texas Artist Music Competition in Houston, TX and second place in Opera Connecticut’s 2016 Opera Idol Competition.
Ms. Sanchez was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico and earned her masters degree in vocal performance from New Mexico State University in 2012 under the direction of Jerry Ann Alt and Martha Rowe. Immediately following her time at NMSU, Stephanie studied with Yvonne Marmolejo at the El Paso Conservatory of Music.
She currently resides in Houston, TX.