Praised by Opera Today for her “full, rich sound and commanding low tones”, Stephanie Sanchez is quickly creating a name for herself as an exciting young mezzo-soprano on the rise. Her repertoire ranges from Handel to Wagner and she has championed premieres of contemporary American works. This summer, Ms. Sanchez was to return to The Glimmerglass Festival as Farzana in Wagner's Die Feen; now canceled due to COVID-19. Ms. Sanchez joined Opera San José for their 2019-2020 season as a resident principal artist where she sang the roles of Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Azucena in the student matinee of Il Trovatore, and was set to perform Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte. Upcoming engagements anticipate her principal debut as Azucena and a role debut as Maddalena in Rigoletto.
In 2018, Ms. Sanchez was chosen as the sole recipient of the prestigious Igor Gorin Memorial Award, given out once a year to help gifted vocalists poised to begin successful careers in opera. Ms. Sanchez joined Arizona Opera as a Marion Pullin Studio Artist for the 2017-2018 season. There she performed the roles of Persephone in Hercules vs. Vampires, Paquette in Candide, Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Flosshilde in Das Rheingold. The fall of 2018 marked Ms. Sanchez's return to Arizona Opera to cover Maria in Maria de Buenos Aires and sing Baroness Nica in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird. Ms. Sanchez was also a member of the Gerdine Young Artist and Gaddes Festival Artist programs at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis from 2014-2016. In the 2016 season, she performed the role of Dryad in Ariadne on Naxos and covered the role of Composer in the same production. Other roles at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis include Sister Mathilde in Dialogues of the Carmelites and Ruth in Pirates of Penzance.
Other notable engagements include Gerturde in Hansel and Gretel with Brava Opera Theater, Olga in Eugene Onegin with Intermountain Opera, Flora in La traviata with St. Petersburg Opera, Roggiero in Tancredi at Teatro Nuovo, Yesi in Stomping Grounds at The Glimmerglass Festival, Isabella (cover) in L’italiana in Algeri at Sarasota Opera, Mère Marie (cover) in Dialogues des Carmelites at Sarasota Opera, Zita in Gianni Schicchi at Opera Maine, and Abuela in En mis palabras at Atlanta Opera. Ms. Sanchez won first place in the 2016 Young Texas Artist Music Competition, second place in Opera Connecticut’s 2016 Opera Idol Competition, was a finalist in the 2019 Brava Opera Theater Competition, and has received grants from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust.
Ms. Sanchez completed her Artist Diploma from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in 2017 where she sang Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia and the Mezzo Soloist in Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen. There she also performed partial roles of Adalgisa in Norma, Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Old Prioress in Dialogues des Carmélites. Ms. Sanchez was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico and earned her master's degree in vocal performance from New Mexico State University in 2012. She currently resides in San José, CA.