Stephanie Foley Davis
Stephanie Davis has been said to bring, "a fine sense of line and clear enunciation to the broad range of textures" (Classical Voice of NC) to her performances. Ms. Davis is currently an Artist in Residence at Opera Carolina where she will perform the roles of “Berta” and “Marcellina.”
She will also perform the role of “Flo” in the World Premiere of Libby Larsen’s Picnic in April 2009.
Ms. Davis received a Professional Artist Certificate at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem where she studies with Marion Pratnicki. A native of Long Island, New York, Ms. Davis "had a successful baptism by fire" (Classical Voice of NC) performing the mezzo-soprano solo in Alexander Nevsky at the last minute with the Greensboro Symphony.
Ms. Davis has been featured as Kate in Dvorak’s The Devil and Kate, the title role of Handel’s Radamisto and as Mrs. Gibbs in the Southeast premiere of Ned Rorem’s Our Town with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute. “A.J. Fletcher Opera Scenes” credits include Siebel (Faust), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Despina (Cosí fan tutte), Carmen, Agnese (Beatrice di Tenda), and Isabella (L’Italiana in Algeri). She made her Capital Opera Raleigh debut as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro. She was featured on An Evening of Carolina Voices with Metropolitan Opera singers such as Victoria Livengood, Christine Weidinger, Jennifer Welch-Babidge and John Fowler. Ms. Davis recently prepared the role of Rosina with the Opera Company of North Carolina’s production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia. She also performed the role of Dorabella in Piedmont Opera’s cArtwheels production of Cosí fan tutte in seven counties throughout North Carolina.
While completing her Master of Music degree in vocal performance with Robert Wells at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she was featured as Dorabella in Mozart's Cosí fan tutte, and Mallika in Delibes' Lakme. Ms. Davis earned her BA in Vocal Performance and BS in Sound Recording Technology from the State University of New York at Fredonia. In Fredonia, she performed roles such as, Fidalma in Cimarosa's The Secret Marriage with the Hillman Opera and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel.
Ms. Davis’ ability to capture an audience in operatic roles has been recognized several times in competition. Stephanie was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the North Carolina district and went on to receive an Encouragement Award at the Southeast Region Finals in 2007. She has also achieved third and second place at the Opera Guild of Charlotte competition in 2006 and 2008 consecutively. She is a two-time first place winner of the North Carolina NATS competition, and a third place winner in the Mid Atlantic NATS competition. She also received Honorable Mention at the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy.
Also an active oratorio/concert performer, Ms. Davis has performed the alto soloist in Bach's Jesu meine freude, Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria, Mozart's Missa Brevis, select Monteverdi Vespers, Saint Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, and Biebel's Alleluia. In February 2006, she performed the soprano solo in the North Carolina premiere of ”Lairs of Soundings" by Dan Locklair with the Fibonacci Chamber Orchestra. She also performed Ravel's Five Greek Folk Songs with the UNCG Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the Concerto Competition in 2005.
Opera Carolina Performances:
The Barber of Seville (2008–2009)
The Marriage of Figaro (2008–2009)