Lauded by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for “superb control of Handel’s characteristic runs, a clear, yet rosy timbre and exceptional acting,” mezzo-soprano Stephanie Lauricella returns to the Grand Théâtre de Genève in the 2013–2014 season, reprising Wellgunde in Das Rheingold and joining the company for the balance of its Ring Cycle as Siegrune in Die Walküre and Wellgunde in Götterdämmerung. She also sings her first performances of the Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos with Virginia Opera and Isolier in Le Comte Ory with Des Moines Metro Opera. Her future engagements include both Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel with the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Last season, she joined the Grand Théâtre de Genève for several roles that include Wellgunde in Das Rheingold, the Second Wood Sprite in Rusalka and the title role in César Cui’s Le chat botté. She also reprised the role of Ethel Toffelmier in The Music Man in the Glimmerglass Festival’s tour to Oman and sang Handel’s Messiah with the Rochester Philharmonic.
Ms. Lauricella is a previous Resident Artist of Pittsburgh Opera, where she sang a number of leading roles: Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, the title role of Rinaldo, and Rosina in student performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia in addition to Flora in La traviata and Sœur Mathilde in Dialogues des Carmélites. She has sung Angelina in La Cenerentola with Opera San Jose, further performances of Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with New Jersey State Opera and Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Lola in Cavalleria rusticana, as well as excerpts of Meg in Falstaff and Cherubino in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles with Sarasota Opera. Her previous concert engagements include Boulanger’s Psalm 130: Du fond de l’abîme with Manfred Honeck conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Erie Philharmonic.
She is a former Resident Artist of Santa Fe Opera, where she sang scenes of Angelina in La Cenerentola and joined the company for its productions of Spratlan’s Life is a Dream and Die Zauberflöte. At the Glimmerglass Festival, she sang Ethel Toffelmier in The Music Man while a Young Artist. She also spent two consecutive summers with Central City Opera, singing Mrs. Segstrom in A Little Night Music and joining the company to sing excerpts of Sesto in Giulio Cesare, Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi in addition to its production of Dido and Aeneas.
She has won numerous awards including the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation Award, The Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Encouragement Award, Connecticut Opera Guild’s Catherine Martin Award, Connecticut Concert Opera’s Artistic Director Award, second place Great Lakes Regional Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Santa Fe Opera Campbell Wachter Memorial Award and the Central City Opera McGlone Award.
Ms. Lauricella holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Ithaca College and a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Manhattan School of Music.