"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
French-American mezzo-soprano Stephanie Doche (rhymes with posh) is quickly gaining recognition as an engaging and expressive singing actress. Stephanie makes her Opera Memphis debut as a resident artist with the company for their 2018-2019 season. While in Memphis she will sing the roles of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Cousin Hebe in H.M.S. Pinafore, and Toledo in the new American opera, The Falling & the Rising. Stephanie is a recent Encouragement Award recipient for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, West Tennessee district.
Engagements for the 2017-2018 season included Local Opera Local Artist's production of La clemenza di Tito in Austin, TX, as well as singing the role of Idamante in Idomeneo with Opera NEO in San Diego. In April, Stephanie performed in the premiere of the new children’s opera, Jack and Jill and the Happening Hill, with Salt Marsh Opera. During this community outreach, Stephanie and company presented the opera to over 5,000 students in Eastern Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Other operatic highlights include Dorabella in Così fan tutte with Opera NEO and Meg March in Little Women with UT Austin Butler Opera Center under the guidance and praise of composer Mark Adamo. While attending the University of Texas at Austin, Stephanie also sang Mére Marie in Dialogues de Carmélites, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, and La Suora Zelatrice in Suor Angelica.
Stephanie has been a featured soloist with the 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, who was born in France to an American mother and Canadian father, moved to the United States with her family when she was four years old. Raised in Rochester, New York, Stephanie holds Bachelor of Music from State University of New York at Fredonia, where she was a recipient of the Evans Voice Performance Scholarship. She also holds a Master of Music in Opera Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a recipient of the Willa Stewart Setseck scholarship.