Stephanie Sadownik

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Stephanie Sadownik, voice

American mezzo-soprano, Stephanie Sadownik, is a charismatic, versatile performer who is known for her complex characterizations and comedic flare.

2015 is proving to be a “year of Bernstein” for Ms. Sadownik with performances of Candide with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with Marin Alsop conducting and Trouble in Tahiti as Dinah with Sin City Opera.  Past productions with Sin City Opera include 2nd. Lady in The Magic Flute and their 2013 production ofThe Medium, in which she was lauded for highly expressive eyes and “magnificent contralto.”  (LVReview Journal)   In the summer of 2013 she returned to the Aspen Music Festival as a New Horizon Fellow, and won praise for her “commandingly serious” La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica and her “realistic comic relief” as Arnalta in L’incoronazione di Poppea.(The Aspen Times)  Past summers in Aspen have earned critical acclaim for Ms. Sadownik, like her “magnetic” Mrs. Lovett with “pin-point comedic timing” in 2012’s production of Sweeney Todd as well as her “entertaining Samira {in Ghosts of Versailles which} drew laugh after laugh, all the while singing strongly.” (Aspen Times)  2013 bore another debut with Pacific Opera Project as a “hilarious and charismatic” Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro.  She has been an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera with Maestro Victor DeRenzi at the helm.

Ms. Sadownik’s versatility shows through her commitment to modern genres and new works.  She debuted the role of Kate Julian in the west coast premiere of Britten’s tragic anti-war storyOwen Wingrave with University of Southern California under the direction of Ken Cazan.  Her participation in world premiere’s is extensive.  As a young artist with PORTopera in Maine under the direction of Dona Vaughn, she premiered the opera Café Viennaby Richard Pearson Thomas.  During her tenure with the Maryland Opera Studio she premiered other new works such as Robert Chumbley’s Ordinary People as Beth and Pythia in the avant-guarde Ion, by Altin Voltaj.  Stephanie also had the pleasure to work on the world premiere of John Musto’s Later the Same Evening, an opera of vignettes based on Edward Hopper paintings, in which she covered the role of Thelma.

While at the Maryland Opera Studio, Ms. Sadownik was fortunate enough to be under the tutelage of the famed opera director, Leon Major.  During her transformative years with the studio she performed  in numerous opera scenes and sang the roles of Hermia and Hippolyta in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Amastre in Xerxes and Olga in Eugene Onegin.

One of the most joyous and fun experiences for Ms. Sadownik has to be her involvement with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in their HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR !    As an ensemble member, she sang with the BSO at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall with Maureen McGovern as host and Damon Gupton and Steven Reineke at the podium.

Ms. Sadownik is a devotee of art song and cabaret and a frequent recitalist.  She especially enjoys researching and singing the works of women composers as well as Jewish cabaret composers.

She has studied under such great singers as Elizabeth Hynes, Dominic Cossa, and Virginia Zeani.  She is a graduate of the Maryland Opera Studio and alumna of Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music.  She grew up in Frederick, Maryland.

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