Sylvia Stoner, soprano
A distinctive professional singer and actor, she has performed across the country in opera and theater. Regional opera credits include the Des Moines Metro Opera, Shreveport Opera, Opera Omaha, Mobile Opera, Union Avenue Opera, Kentucky Opera, Lake George Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kansas Concert Opera and the Kansas City Puccini Festival. Selected roles include Lisa in Pikovaya Dama, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, Manon in Manon Lescaut, Nedda in I Pagliacci and Marguerite in Faust. She has performed various chamber works in Italy at the InterHarmony International Music Festival and with Orvieto Musica. Recent engagements include appearances with the Schenectady Symphony as The Governess in “The Turn of the Screw” and Donna Elvira in “Don Giovanni” and Fiordiligi in “Così fan Tutte.” She was a featured soprano soloist with the Saratoga Voices in “Judas Maccabeus,” with the Battenkill Chorale in Mozart’s “Coronation Mass,” Whitbourn’s “Anneliese,” Haydn’s “Creation” and Verdi’s “Requiem,” and in Mozart’s “Solemn Vespers” and Beethoven’s “Mass in C” with the Northern Berkshire Chorale, and in Orff’s “Carmina Burana” and Bernstein’s “Songfest” with Skidmore College.
She was a regional winner of the National Council Auditions for the Metropolitan Opera, and a finalist in the International Marcella Sembrich competition, the Naftzger and NATS competitions. Acting credits include the national tour of Terence McNally’s MARIA CALLAS: MASTERCLASS, as well as productions with the Kansas City Repertory Theater, the New Theatre, the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, Starlight Theater, and Quality Hill Playhouse.
She co-created the staged recital “Sister--Show me Eternity” based upon the life of Emily Dickinson and her sisters. This unique staging of art song and narrative continues to tour nationally since its premiere. Most recently, it was featured on the DeBlasiis Concert Series (NY), and a prior tour in the Midwest. She obtained her Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree with honors in vocal performance at the University of Kansas and is currently a Senior Artist-in-Residence in Voice at Skidmore College.