French-American mezzo-soprano Stephanie Doche (rhymes with posh) is a Handorf Company Artist with Opera Memphis for the 2018-2019 season. While in Memphis she sings 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 also an Encouragement Award recipient for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, West Tennessee district.
Stephanie garnered praise for her performance as Idamante in Idomeneo with Opera NEO in San Diego. Other operatic highlights include Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Mére Marie in Dialogues de Carmélites, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, and La Suora Zelatrice in Suor Angelica. Stephanie performed as Meg March in Little Women with UT Austin Butler Opera Center under the guidance and praise of the opera’s composer, Mark Adamo.
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. During this community outreach, Stephanie and company presented the opera to over 5,000 students in Eastern Connecticut and Rhode Island.
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, 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.