Arizona Opera Cast Members & Creatives
Praised for her “full voiced sound,” Stephanie Sanchez is quickly creating a name for herself as an exciting young mezzo soprano. Her repertoire ranges from Handel to Wagner as well as premiers of contemporary American works. This summer Ms. Sanchez made debuts with St Petersburg Opera as Flora in La Traviata and also at the inaugural season of Will Crutchfield's Teatro Nuovo in New York City as Roggero in Tancredi. In the spring of 2018, Ms Sanchez was 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 Roose 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, closed out the season as Flosshilde in Wagner’s Das Rheingold. The fall of 2018 will mark 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 a member of the Gerdine Young Artist and Gaddes Festival Artist programs at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for three consecutive seasons (2014, 2015, 2016). Mostly recently, 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 Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, Sister Mathilde in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and A Young Girl in La rondine.
Some of Ms. Sanchez' other roles and engagements include the role of Yesi in the world premier of “hip-hopera", Stomping Grounds at the Glimmerglass Festival, Amastre (cover) in Xerxes 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, Abuela in En mis palabras at Atlanta Opera, and performances of the title role in Carmen at both Emerald City Opera and Opera Breve. Ms. Sanchez also 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 completed her artist diploma at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in 2017. Her roles at the Shepherd School 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. In 2009, Ms. Sanchez graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in Biology and Biochemistry and a minor in music.