Stacey Tappan has distinguished herself as an exceptional musical artist in the United States and abroad. In stellar reviews for her “witty and sexy” Adele in Die Fledermaus with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, she was praised for the production’s “most polished singing… her coloratura bright and well-focused.” Plaudits for her Gilda in Rigoletto with Opéra de Lille and Opéra de Dijon included, “the revelation of the evening” — “a luminous Gilda” — tremendous American soprano” — “a magnificent discovery” and “high notes of a splendid sweetness.”
Recent engagements for Ms. Tappan have included the world premiere of Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene with San Francisco Opera; Lucia di Lammermoor with Arizona Opera; Clorinda in La cenerentola, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, and Krenek’s Das Geheime Königreich, under the baton of James Conlon with Los Angeles Opera; the Charmeuse in Thaïs at the Edinburgh Festival; Adina in L’elisir d’Amore, and Despina in Così fan tutte with the Jacksonville Symphony; Carmina Burana with the Colorado Symphony; the Ring Cycle with San Francisco Opera; and performances of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Ms. Tappan’s concert work has included Beethoven’s Christ on the Mount of Olives with the Springfield Symphony in Massachusetts, Carmina Burana with the Colorado, Wichita, Elgin, Springfield, and Jacksonville symphonies, and Hansel and Gretel and Mahler’s Second Symphony with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra. Chicago concert highlights include “Bernstein on Broadway” with the Grant Park Festival Orchestra, Hugh Wood’s Scenes from Comus with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, three performances of the Stars of Lyric Opera concerts in Chicago’s Millennium Park, and Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream at Ravinia Festival. She portrayed Cunegonde in Candide at the Chicago Cultural Center, later returning in Rossini’s Il signor Bruschino and Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges and winning critical acclaim as “the vocal showstopper.”
Ms. Tappan made her professional debut with Houston Grand Opera as Beth in Little Women, broadcast on PBS’ Great Performances. With Bangkok Opera, she portrayed Pamina in Die Zauberflöte after singing the title role in Madana, the first grand opera by a Thai composer. She is featured on the best-selling Thai recording of the Mahajanaka Symphony, a work honoring the King of Thailand. Her operetta roles include Mabel in Pirates of Penzance with Michigan Opera Theatre, and Hannah Glawari in The Merry Widow and Lilli Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate with Chicago’s Light Opera Works.
Her awards include grants from the Elardo Competition and the Solti Foundation U.S., first place in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation competition, finalist in the MacAllister and Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum competitions, the Richard F. Gold Career Grant, the Lucrezia Bori award, and first place from the New York Singing Teachers Association, as well as scholarships from Wolf Trap Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, the University of Miami, and Chapman University.