Soprano MEGAN STAPLETON is regarded as “an artist of clarity, power, and much expressivity...” (Culture Map). Active in Houston’s early music scene, she has performed with Ars Lyrica, Mercury Chamber Orchestra, Houston’s Bach Society, and other Texas-based baroque chamber ensembles. Stapleton is a founding member, the vocalist, and the executive director of Houston Baroque, with whom she released the album “My Soul Sees and Hears” in 2016. With a heart for children, she has appeared extensively in various children’s programs with Houston Grand Opera, including Opera To Go!, Storybook Opera, and First Songs. Regarded for her comedic timing and “lyrical physicality” (BroadwayWorld.com), Stapleton has performed three leading roles with Houston’s Gilbert & Sullivan Society, and the Galveston Symphony Orchestra has welcomed her as their soloist on multiple occasions.
This dynamic artist began her professional career in New England, where she sang with The Boston Early Music Festival, SoHIP, Boston Opera Collaborative, and Boston Metro Opera. She has made three premiere recordings of Thomas Oboe Lee’s song cycles at WGBH, and has also premiered works by M.C. Warwick, B.P Herrington, and Gregory Spears. A resident apprentice artist for Charlottesville Opera during Summer 2019, Stapleton's versatility extends to the pop and jazz styles as well, crediting her with multiple performances alongside jazz pianist Paul English.
Dr. Stapleton holds degrees with honors from The University of North Texas (Doctor of Musical Arts), New England Conservatory (Master of Music) and Sam Houston State University (Bachelor of Music).
“An artist of clarity, power, and much expressivity... I found her glamorous presence on stage mesmerizing, her voice melodious when it had to blend with others in an ensemble, but always extraordinary in solo passages. She has star quality, and I look forward to hearing her again in Houston or elsewhere." - Culture Map
“Megan Stapleton... has a crystalline, ethereal voice. She sings purely and seemingly effortlessly, even when delivering high notes that seem pulled from another realm. Her voice is never shrill, always confident and pure. And she's funny, too. Stapleton has a lyrical physicality; she is adept at using posturing and body language to make the most of the comedic moments.”