Marcy Stonikas, Salomé
Marcy Stonikas is a graduate of Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) and Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. A graduate of the Young Artist Program at Seattle Opera, she performed the roles of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, and the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos, whilst a member of the program. She was First Prize winner in the Wagner Division of the 2013 Gerda Lissner Foundational Vocal Competition, and was a finalist in Seattle Opera’s 2014 International Wagner Competition.
This season the soprano returns to Seattle Opera as Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw, and also joins the South Dakota Symphony for Mahler’s Symphony No. 8. Future seasons will include Getrude in Hansel and Gretel with San Diego Opera.
Last season Ms. Stonikas made a company debut with Arizona Opera as the title role in Tosca, returned to Seattle Opera as the High Priestess in Aida, and joined Cincinnati Opera as Senta in Der fliegende Höllander. She also joined the roster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago to cover the titular Turandot. Future seasons include a return to Seattle Opera as Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw and a debut with San Diego Opera, singing Gertrude in Hansel and Gretel.
The previous season included anticipated role and company returns, as well as company debuts for Ms. Stonikas. She began the season as Gertrude in Seattle Opera’s Hansel and Gretel, then sang the titular Turandot in debuts with Atlanta Opera and Opera Naples, returned to the role of Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Berkshire Opera Festival, and bowed as Leonore in Fidelio with the Princeton Festival.
The 2015-2016 season’s performances included a significant company debut with Washington National Opera in their critically praised Ring Cycle, singing Gerhilde in Die Walküre and Third Norn in Götterdämmerung. The 2015-2016 season also included Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the San Antonio Symphony, and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Opera Santa Barbara.
Ms. Stonikas’ 2014-2015 season, showed performances with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, conducted by Asher Fisch. She then returns to the Volksoper Vienna, for Leonore in Fidelio, and to Seattle Opera for the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos. She concludes the season with Cincinnati Opera, as the title role in Turandot.
During the 2013-2014 season, Ms. Stonikas appeared with Utah Opera in a role debut as Salome; Opera Santa Barbara as Tosca; in a return to Seattle Opera as Magda Sorel in Menotti’s The Consul; and the Vienna Volksoper for Fidelio.
During the 2012-2013 season, Ms. Stonikas debuted the title roles in productions of Turandot and Fidelio at Seattle Opera, to great acclaim. Additionally this season, she performed a recital under the auspices of the Wolf Trap Opera Company.
Over two summers, the soprano performed Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann, and Rosaura in Wolf-Ferrari’s rarely performed Le donne curiose, with Wolf Trap Opera Company. Additionally, Ms. Stonikas had the unique opportunity to perform the roles of Irene and Mary in the American premiere of Jerry Springer – the Opera (Thomas) at the Bailiwick Repertory Theatre in Chicago. On the concert stage, highlights include Blumenmädchen in Parsifal (Wagner) with the Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Pierre Boulez.
Ms. Stonikas is a recipient of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation, winner of the 2009 Elgin Opera Vocal Competition, and was a winner of the 2006 International Meistersinger Competition.