Praised for her “fervent, commanding vocal prowess,” French-American mezzo-soprano STEPHANIE DOCHE (rhymes with posh) was a Handorf Company Artist with Opera Memphis for the 2018-2019 season. While in Memphis she sang the roles of Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Cousin Hebe (H.M.S. Pinafore), and Toledo (The Falling & the Rising, professional premiere).
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.
“Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Doche is explosively eloquent as Toledo, the tough-as-nails ‘grown-ass woman’ who reveals her past to the Army psychiatrist.”
"Doche sang ‘Non piu mesta’ with triumphant grandeur, unleashing cascades of thrilling fioritura…"
San Diego Story
“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
“…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
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