Coming off of recent triumphant debuts in Europe and Asia, American soprano STACEY STOFFERAHN is making an impact as a leading artist in opera, oratorio and in concert. Her portrayal as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer with Opera Siam in Thailand led to an additional appearance in the same role with South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.
Other engagements include the title role in Tosca and Countess in Le nozze di Figaro with West Bay Opera, Erste Dame in Die zauberflöte with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Minnie in La fanciulla del West with Apotheosis Opera in New York; soloist in Brahms’ Requiem with Joplin Symphony, Musetta in La bohème with Wichita Grand Opera, soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Bozeman Symphony; the title role in Viktoria und Ihr Hussar with Vlaamse Opera in Belgium; Micäela in Carmen with Lawrence Opera Theatre, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with South Dakota Symphony; soloist in Händel’s Messiah with Evansville Philharmonic in Indiana and Violetta in a concert version of La traviata with Heartland Bel Canto in Kansas City. Ms. Stofferahn has also been featured in a number of leading roles with musical theatre companies throughout the United States.
Performances this season include soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony
No. 9 with Quad City Symphony and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Missouri Southern Symphony; include Mimì in La bohème with Heartland Opera Theater; two appearances with Varna International: soloist in Beethoven’s Mass in C and Magda in La rondine (with Metropolitan Opera conductor Gregory Buchalter); Nedda in Pagliacci with Lawrence Opera Theatre; a Holiday Pops concert with Jackson Symphony (TN); and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with South Dakota Symphony.
A prizewinner of numerous competitions, Ms. Stofferahn’s credits include Audience Favorite and Fourth Prize in the Meistersinger Competition in Graz, Austria; First Prize in both the Missouri Federation of Music Clubs Competition and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition (Kansas City Division); First Place District and Fourth Place Regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; Finalist in the National Opera Association Vocal Competition; Semi-finalist in the Jensen Foundation and Finalist in the Charles Lynam Vocal Competition.
Ms. Stofferahn received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance, as well as the Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting from University of Missouri, Kansas City, in addition to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Augustana College.
“…All the attributes one could wish for in a Wagnerian lyric soprano.”
– Opera Magazine
“…A revelation as Senta. She completely inhabited the role and met its musical and dramatic demands… for Stofferahn, the evening was a particular triumph.”
– The Nation