Praised by Opera Today for her “full, rich sound and commanding low tones” Stephanie Sanchez is quickly creating a name for herself as an exciting young mezzo soprano. Though still in the early stages of her career, Ms. Sanchez has already gained a variety of formative experiences through her work with many prestigious companies. Her repertoire ranges from Handel to Wagner as well as premiers of contemporary American works. For the 2019-2020 season, Ms Sanchez looks forward to joining Opera San Jose as a resident principal artist where she will be singing the roles of Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Inez in Il Trovatore while also covering the role of Azucena, and Third lady in The Magic Flute. In the spring of 2019, Ms Sanchez debuted the roles of Gertrude in Hansel and Gretel with Brava Opera Theatre and Olga in Eugene Onegin with Intermountain Opera. Ms Sanchez was also chosen as the sole recipient of the prestigious 2018 Igor Gorin Memorial Competition, an award given yearly to a promising singer at the start of their careers Ms. Sanchez joined Arizona Opera as a Marion Pullin studio artist for the 2017-2018 season. There she performed the roles of Persephone in Hercules vs. Vampires, Paquette in Candide, Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Flosshilde in Das Rheingold. The fall of 2018 marked Ms. Sanchez’ return to Arizona Opera to cover Maria in Maria de Buenos Aires and sing Baroness Nica in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird. Ms. Sanchez was also a member of the Gerdine Young Artist and Gaddes Festival Artist programs at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis from 2014-2016. In the 2016 season she performed the role of Dryad in Ariadne on Naxos and covered the role of Composer in the same production. Other roles at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis include Sister Mathilde in Dialogues of the Carmelites and Ruth in Pirates of Penzance.
Some of Ms. Sanchez’ other roles and engagements include Flora in La Traviata with St Petersburg Opera, Roggiero in Tancredi at Teatro Nuovo, Yesi in Stomping Grounds at the Glimmerglass Festival, Isabella (cover) in L’italiana in Algeri at Sarasota Opera, Mere Marie (cover) in Dialogues des Carmelites at Sarasota Opera, Zita in Gianni Schicchi at Opera Maine, and Abuela in En mis palabras at Atlanta Opera. Ms. Sanchez also won first place in the 2016 Young Texas Artist Music Competition, second place in Opera Connecticut’s 2016 Opera Idol Competition, and has received grants from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust. Ms. Sanchez completed her artist diploma from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in 2017. Her roles at Rice include ‘Rosina’ in Il barbiere di Siviglia, the mezzo soloist in Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen, and selections from Norma, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Dialogues des Carmélites. 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. She currently resides in Houston, TX.