Lauded as “explosively eloquent,” (Memphis Flyer) and beholding “fervent, commanding vocal prowess,” (San Diego Story), French-American mezzo-soprano Stephanie Doche (rhymes with posh) is in high demand for her “darkly shaded voice.” In October 2019, Stephanie will reprise Angelina in La Cenerentola with Opéra Louisiane after singing the title role to virtuosic acclaim with Opera NEO. During the 2018-2019 season she was a Handorf Company Artist with Opera Memphis where she sang the roles of Toledo (The Falling & the Rising, professional premiere), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), and Cousin Hebe (H.M.S. Pinafore).
In 2018, Stephanie garnered recognition for her “boldly convincing” performance as Idamante in Idomeneo with Opera NEO in San Diego. Other previous operatic highlights include Meg March (Little Women), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Mère Marie (Dialogues des Carmélites), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte) and La Suora Zelatrice (Suor Angelica).
Impassioned with a desire to connect through creativity, Stephanie loves introducing opera to new audiences. As a Handorf Company Artist, Stephanie was a core member of 30 Days of Opera, an annual event that presents free opera in Memphis and its surrounding areas every day in September. Also in 2018, Stephanie performed in the premiere of the new children’s opera, Jack and Jill and the Happening Hill, with Salt Marsh Opera.
Stephanie has been a featured soloist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, University of Texas Wind Symphony, Rocky Ridge Music Center, and the Austin based chamber ensemble, prismatx, with whom she performed Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire.
Stephanie was born in France to an American mother and Canadian father. When she was four years old, Stephanie and her family moved to Rochester, New York, where she was raised.
Opera NEO - La Cenerentola
“In Stephanie Doche, Artistic Director Peter Kozma found an admirable Cinderella. Her beautifully modulated mezzo-soprano with its surprisingly brilliant top adapted to every requirement, from the doleful simplicity of Rossini’s imitation folk song “Una volta, c’era un re”…to the glorious pyrotechnics of her stunning victory aria, “Nacqui all’affanno e al pianto.”
-San Diego Story, 8.3.19
Opera Memphis - The Falling and the Rising
“Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Doche is explosively eloquent as Toledo, the tough-as-nails “grown-ass woman” who reveals her past to the Army psychiatrist.”
Memphis Flyer, 4.11.19
Opera NEO - Idomeneo
“In her boldly convincing trouser role, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Doche’s Idamante communicated the prince’s love for Ilia as well as his loyalty to his father with fervent, commanding vocal prowess.”
San Diego Story, 8.11.18
Opera NEO - 2019 Aria Marathon
“Her Carmen flashed dramatic hauteur, and her darkly shaded voice exuded allure.”
-San Diego Story, 7.16.19
Opera NEO Concert - Love is in the Air!
“Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Doche lit the fire with her bold, smoldering “Habanera” from Bizet’s Carmen, and I was ready to call 911 when tenor Dane Suarez as Don José reacted with equal zeal to Doche’s impassioned, seductive “Seguidilla” from the same act of Carmen.”
“…Doche sang “Non piu mesta” with triumphant grandeur, unleashing cascades of thrilling fioritura, a clear indication that in this title role, Doche will prove an excellent choice for Rossini’s bel canto Cinderella.”
San Diego Story, 2.19.19
Opera NEO - Così fan tutte
“…mezzo Stephanie Doche (Dorabella) started strong and ended in triumph, with stops at honeyed duets and high-powered arias along the way.”
San Diego Tribune, 8.4.17