Boston/New York based soprano Stephanie Foster has begun a vibrant artistic career as a multifaceted musician and teacher, most recently having appeared as Musetta in La Bohème with the Vienna Summer Music Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida, and as Morgana in Alcina with the Saluzzo Opera Academy in Saluzzo, Italy.
After having started piano lessons at age 6, she continued to blossom creatively through theater, dance, local and statewide choirs, and speech and debate. Stephanie then attended Connecticut College, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music with a Performance concentration, going on to complete both a Master’s degree and Performance Certificate in Classical Voice Performance at the Manhattan School of Music. She currently studies with Ruth Golden in New York.
Over the past several years, Stephanie has been awarded a variety of performance opportunities in the United States and Europe. During her undergraduate career, she began singing supporting roles and chorus with the Connecticut Lyric Opera, while performing in numerous musical theater productions at Connecticut College, ranging from Carousel to Spring Awakening. She won the school’s concerto competition in 2017, performing arias from Handel’s Giulio Cesare with orchestra, and soon after made her European role debut as Despina in Cosi fan tutte with the Greve Opera Academy in Tuscany. In 2019, she was seen as Adele in the Vienna Summer Music Festival’s production of Die Fledermaus in Vienna, Austria, and as Erste Dame in a concert staging of Die Zauberflöte at the National Opera Center in New York. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Stephanie was able to participate in a great deal of scene work at Manhattan School of Music and the Miami Music Festival, appearing in excerpts from Madama Butterfly, Norma, Hänsel und Gretel, Le Nozze di Figaro, Arabella, and Viardot’s Cendrillon. Concert and oratorio highlights include performances of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, both in the U.S. and Italy, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mass in C with the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Choir (for the latter of which she served as the Soprano soloist cover), and a Carnegie Hall debut for Manhattan School of Music’s Centennial Gala.
In addition to performing, Stephanie has a passion for teaching young artists. For three years, at Connecticut College and Manhattan School of Music, she has worked as a music tutor, specializing in music theory and ear training. One of her fondest memories from Manhattan School of Music was participating in the school’s Opera Outreach Program, where she and her colleagues wrote an original piece of educational musical theater based on Mary Poppins. The show toured a variety of elementary schools around New York City to teach young children about opera. At Connecticut College, she held positions as assistant music director for a student-written musical, and as assistant chamber choir conductor. Stephanie also interned at the North End Music and Performing Arts Center’s in Boston in 2016, where she music directed a staff-written musical rendition of Winnie the Pooh for 22 elementary school children.