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” interpretation of Angelina (La Cenerentola) with Opéra Louisiane after singing the title role with Opera NEO in August. During the 2018-2019 season she was a Handorf Company Artist with Opera Memphis where she sang the roles of Toledo (The Falling and the Rising, professional premiere), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), and Cousin Hebe (H.M.S. Pinafore). Stephanie is also an Encouragement Award recipient for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, West Tennessee district. In 2018, Stephanie garnered recognition for her “boldly convincing” performance as Idamante (Idomeneo) with Opera NEO. Other past operatic highlights include Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Mére Marie (Dialogues des Carmélites), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), and La Suora Zelatrice (Suor Angelica). Stephanie also performed Meg March (Little Women) with UT Austin Butler Opera Center under the guidance and praise of the opera’s composer, Mark Adamo. 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, at Crosstown Arts, Rocky Ridge Music Center, and with the Austin based chamber ensemble, prismatx, with whom she performed Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. Stephanie, who was born in France to an American mother and Canadian father, moved to the United States with her family when she was four years old. Raised in Rochester, New York, Stephanie holds Bachelor of Music from State University of New York at Fredonia, where she was a recipient of the Evans Voice Performance Scholarship. She also holds a Master of Music in Opera Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a recipient of the Willa Stewart Setseck scholarship.