Lauded as “explosively eloquent,” (Memphis Flyer) and beholding “fervent, commanding vocal prowess,” (San Diego Story), French-American mezzo-soprano Stephanie Doche (rhymes with posh) is in high demand for her “darkly shaded voice.” In October 2019, Stephanie reprised her “triumphant” performance as Angelina (La Cenerentola) with Opéra Louisiane after singing the title role with Opera NEO in August 2019. During the 2018-2019 season she was a Handorf Company Artist with Opera Memphis where she performed as Toledo (The Falling and the Rising, professional premiere), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), and Cousin Hebe (H.M.S. Pinafore). Other previous operatic highlights include her “bodly convincing” portrayal of the pants role, Idamante (Idomeneo), as well as 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). Stephanie has been a featured soloist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Riverdale Choral Arts Society, and at Crosstown Arts. A native of Rochester, NY, she holds degrees from SUNY Fredonia and UT Austin. For more information about Stephanie, visit www.stephaniedoche.com.
Tenor Dylan Elza, a native of Dallas, Texas, and has most recently performed as an Emerging Artist with Virginia Opera's Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist program for their 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 season. Roles with Virginia Opera include: Messenger in Aida, Thug #1 in Il Postino, Dave in Breaking, F.B.I. Agent in An American Dream. Covers with Virginia Opera include: Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Pablo Neruda in Il Postino, Spoletta in Tosca, Goro in Madama Butterfly, Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, and he also performed Nemorino in Virginia Opera's 2019 fall outreach production. Other recent roles and covers include: Don José (cover) in La Tragédie de Carmen with Charlottesville Opera, Borsa (cover) in Rigoletto with Central City Opera, Lenski in Eugene Onegi with Boston Conservatory Opera, Father Grenville in Dead Man Walking with Boston Conservatory Opera, Fenton in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor with Boston Conservatory Opera, Cop in Cradle Will Rock with Opera Saratoga, and Dr. Caius (cover) in Falstaff with Opera Saratoga. Dylan is also featured on Spotify and iTunes in Opera Saratoga's CD recording of Blitzstein's The Cradle Will Rock as the Cop. For more information about Dylan, visit www.dylanelza.com.
Shaina Martinez, soprano, made her Bermuda Festival debut this year as Sophie in Terrence McNally’s Masterclass. Her repertoire includes Susannah (Susannah), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Saffi (Der Ziegeunerbaron), Salud (La Vida Breve), Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Marie (La fille du régiment), and Prince Charmant (Cendrillon). She has collaborated with Craig Rutenberg in an Opera America Emerging Artist Recital, as well as with Perry So, performing Joaquin Turina’s Poema en forma de canciones. In 2018, Shaina was awarded 2nd place in the Rocky Mountain Regionals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Other awards include third prize in both the XXI Concurso Internacional de Canto Lirico and Alan M. & Joan Taub Ades Competition 2018, and First Prize in both the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition and Talents of the World International Competition. In the summer of 2019, she joined the Grant Park Music Festival Project Inclusion Fellowship. Martinez holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland and a Master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Martinez made her FGO debut during the 2019-2020 as Kate Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. For more information about Shaina, visit http://shainamartinez.com/.
Michael Miller, baritone, was seen most recently in residence at Palm Beach Opera as an Apprentice Artist. Last season included his return to the Glimmerglass Festival, where he sang the role of Lt. Audebert (Campbell/Puts’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night) in a critically acclaimed performance, hailed by the New York Times as “spellbinding.” Previous summer seasons have held roles in Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath as a 2017 Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Gerdine Young Artist, a Glimmerglass Festival debut as Thomas Putnam in Francesca Zambello’s 2016 production of Robert Ward’s The Crucible, as well as three seasons of study at Seagle Music Colony, where he sang the title role in Il barbiere di Siviglia in 2015. While earning his Master of Music from Boston Conservatory, Michael appeared as Eugene Onegin, Joseph DeRocher (Dead Man Walking), and Herr Fluth (Die Lustigen Weiber von Winsdor). Michael also holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan. Originally from Meadville, PA, he now calls Boston home. Mr. Miller made his Florida Grand Opera debut during the 2019-2020 season as Masetto in Don Giovanni and The Official Registrar/Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly. For more information about Michael, visit www.michaelmillerbaritone.com.
Andrew Simpson is a bass-baritone from Dallas, TX. He studied with the great bass Samuel Ramey at Wichita State University. Andrew has sung the roles of Angelotti in Tosca with the Wichita Grand Opera and Virginia Opera, Betto di Signa in Gianni Schicchi with the Chicago Opera Theater, the footman in Vanessa at the Santa Fe Opera, and Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Opera in the Rock. During his two years with the Palm Beach Opera he sang the Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, the Jailer in Tosca, and Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro. Afterwards he has performed the roles of Colline in La bohème in concert style with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Zuniga in Carmen with Annapolis Opera and First Soldier in Salome with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. As an apprentice artist he has also been given the opportunity to cover many roles including Masetto in Don Giovann, and Sid in La fanciulla del West at the Santa Fe Opera as well as The Bonze in Madama Butterfly, Sparafucile and Monterone in Rigolett, The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro with the Palm Beach Opera, and Amonasro in Aida with the Virginia Opera. Upcoming performances include The Commentator in Scalia/Ginsburg with the Virginia Opera and Count Ceprano while covering Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Central City Opera. For more information about Andrew, visit www.fgo.org.