Stephanie Foley Davis
Stephanie Foley Davis was praised by the New York Times in her Glimmerglass Festival debut as “a poised, touching Ma Moss” and Opera News said she was “a loving, careworn Ma, warm of voice and presence.” And Cleveland Classical said, “. . . Foley Davis and Culver were terrific in their singing and in delineating their sadness” about her recent role debut of Charlotte in Nightingale Opera Theatre’s production of Werther.
Stephanie has another exciting year ahead with a return to Greensboro Opera in January 2018 as Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. She has been invited to perform the mezzo-soprano solos in Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah” and Jenkins’ The Armed Man with the Portland Symphony Orchestra (Maine) and the Winston-Salem Symphony, both under the baton of Robert Moody.
2016-17 was a busy season for Stephanie. She returned to the “feisty” (Voix des Artes) role of Mercedes in January 2017 with Greensboro Opera‘s production of Carmen. She also joined the Winston-Salem Symphony as soloist for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in October. The season culminated with a return to her alma mater for a “monumental, moving” (Voix des Artes) performance of Verdi’s Requiem in February 2017 at UNC-Greensboro featuring distinguished alumni under the baton of Kevin Geraldi. Joseph Newsome said about Foley Davis’ singing: “Verdi entrusted the first phrases of ‘Lux æterna luceat eis, Domine’ to the mezzo-soprano soloist, and it is difficult to imagine that he could have expected them to be sung more handsomely and incisively than Foley Davis sang them in Greensboro.”
Stephanie received a Professional Artist Certificate at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studies with Marion Pratnicki. She was featured as Kate in Dvorak’s The Devil and Kate, the title role of Handel’s Radamisto and as Mrs. Gibbs in the Southeast premiere of Ned Rorem’s Our Town. She was featured on “An Evening of Carolina Voices” with Metropolitan Opera singers such as Victoria Livengood, Christine Weidinger, Jennifer Welch-Babidge and John Fowler. Ms. Davis prepared the role of Rosina with the Opera Company of North Carolina’s production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
While completing her Master of Music in vocal performance with Robert Wells at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she was featured as Dorabella in Mozart's Cosí fan tutte and Mallika in Delibes' Lakme. Ms. Davis earned her BA in Vocal Performance and BS in Sound Recording Technology from the State University of New York at Fredonia. In Fredonia, she performed roles such as Fidalma in Cimarosa's The Secret Marriage with the Hillman Opera and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel.
Stephanie’s ability to capture an audience in operatic roles has been recognized several times in competition. She placed third in the Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year Competition in 2013 and in 2012 she won first place in the Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition. Stephanie was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the North Carolina district and went on to receive an Encouragement Award at the Southeast Region Finals in 2007. She also achieved third and second place at the Opera Guild of Charlotte competition in 2006 and 2008. She is a two-time first place winner of the North Carolina NATS competition and a third place winner in the Mid Atlantic NATS competition. She also received Honorable Mention at the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy.
Also, an active oratorio/concert performer, Ms. Davis "had a successful baptism by fire" (Classical Voice of NC) performing the mezzo-soprano solo in Alexander Nevsky at the last minute with the Greensboro Symphony. She has performed the alto soloist in Bach's St. John Passion and Jesu meine freude, Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria, Mozart's Missa Brevis, Monteverdi Vespers, Saint Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, and Biebel's Alleluia.
Stephanie is currently Chair of the Voice Faculty and Director of Community Engagement at The Music Academy of North, where she has been teaching voice since 2011. She joins BCI for the first time on faculty in Asheville.