Stephanie Scarcella with Susan Stubson

October 28, 2018 • 4:00 p.m.
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church

Hailed by The Boston Globe as a "radiant mezzo," Stephanie Scarcella originates from Casper, Wyoming, but has made New England her home since 2006.

Stephanie has sung with Boston Lyric Opera, Odyssey Opera, Opera Company of Middlebury (VT), St. Petersburg Opera (FL), Arcadia Players, Longwood Opera, Opera on Tap, in addition to presenting solo vocal recitals and performing as a soloist in concert settings. In the summer of 2016, Stephanie joined the voice faculty with Boston University Tanglewood Institute and sang the mezzo solos in Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms at Seiji Ozawa Hall and at the Koussevitzky Music Shed. While there, she also performed with the Tanglewood Fellows in an opera scene from Ainadamar by Osvaldo Golijov.

Past operatic roles for Stephanie include Angelina (La Cenerentola, Rossini), Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking, Jake Heggie), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel, Humperdinck), Arsamene (Serse, Handel), Dorthee (Cendrillon, Massenet), Zita (Gianni Schicchi, Puccini), Zulma (L'Italiana in Algeri, Rossini), Maestra delle Novizie (Suor Angelica, Puccini), Pitti Sing (The Mikado, Gilbert and Sullivan) and Sally (A Hand of Bridge, Barber). She has also been asked to sing with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra as Anita in their concert of West Side Story, and will be doing a whole Bernstein set for Casper to celebrate his centennial as well.

Ms. Scarcella also finds great joy singing in the concert and recital setting. She has sung solos for Carissimi's Jepthe, Vivaldi's Gloria, Zelenka's Magnificat, Johann David Heinichen's Missa Nr. 9 in D, Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Great Organ Mass, Bach's St. John Passion, Mozart's Requiem, Saint-Saens' Christmas Oratorio and Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. Her recital work has included major works such as Schumann's Frauenliebe und Leben, Wolf's Italianishes Liederbuch, Bernstein's Peter Pan. Songs include Cabaret songs by William Bolcom, Brazilian folk songs with guitar by Laurindo Almeida, Vaughn Williams's "Songs of Travel" as well as a variety of selected songs from the English, French and German and Italian repertoires. In May of 2018 Stephanie brought back to life her love for jazz by producing and singing in her first solo jazz lounge night alongside Boston based jazz artists, Mark Shilanksy (piano), Bruce Gertz (bass), Phil McGowan (drums) and Trent Austin (trumpet).

​Stephanie received her BM in Vocal Performance, and MM in Opera from The Boston Conservatory. She was a New Orleans District Winner for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2011, and a Semi-Finalist [Young Artist (2013) and Graduate (2011) Levels] for the Competition in 2010.

In addition to performing, Stephanie enjoys teaching private voice, as well as her time spent as a section leader at The Old North Church in Marblehead, MA.

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Susan Stubson is a sixth generation Wyomingite. She began her formal piano studies at age eight. Her first public recital at age eleven began her long and varied career as a performing artist. She has all the requisite qualifications to be a classical pianist, having received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder, during which time she won the hallowed Fiske Competition an unprecedented four consecutive years. Susan received a Masters of Music Degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Following her stint at Eastman, Susan moved to New York City where she worked as a freelance pianist for the Orchestra of Saint Lukes as well as an audition pianist for various classical music organizations and labels. She worked extensively as a vocal coach and rehearsal pianist at the Juilliard School of Music in the Vocal Arts Department and then served as an assistant to tenor Nico Castel at the Metropolitan Opera.

A Westerner to her core, Susan eventually returned to Wyoming where she performs regularly throughout the Rocky Mountain region both as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist with visiting artists.

Susan believes deeply in public service and celebrating the West's rich cultural heritage. She served two terms on the Wyoming Arts Council prior to her appointment by Governor Mead to the Cultural Trust Fund Board in 2011 where she currently sits as Chairman. A strong voice for the arts, she is a frequent contributor to the Writers from Wyoming series as well as a speaker on issues of women in leadership as well as arts advocacy. Susan and her husband Tim have two boys, Huck and Finn, and a cow dog Lillie Roosevelle.

Susan has been a professional skier, a spokesmodel, a commercial actress, an attorney and a short order cook. She's put thousands of miles on her bike, stood atop Devil's Tower, climbed almost all of Colorado's Fourteeners and recently passed herself off as a backcountry doctor, but the thing she loves the best, is to play the piano. She's excited to share her love for the piano with you.

Co-Sponsored by the Casper Journal.

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