Soprano Emily Stauch has been described as having a voice which is versatile “...huge energy and smooth high notes...” and expressive “...reflecting light in the music of Mozart...” and “...accomplishing coloration with such aplomb that it appeared to be effortless.” In recital performances she has “...shown the intimacy and conversational quality of art song...” and her operatic interpretations have revealed “...the rich and full beauty of the voice.”
Ms. Stauch has performed and studied in the U.S. and in Europe, and has been a featured soloist with Virginia Opera, Virginia Opera Education Program, Virginia Symphony, Virginia Symphony Chorus, TodiMusicFest (VA), Norfolk Chamber Consort (VA), Schola Cantorum (VA), Touring Concert Opera Company of NY, and Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with Opera Cleveland, Virginia Chorale and Virginia Musical Theatre.
Most recently, Ms. Stauch has performed Haydn’s Schöpfungsmesse and Missa Brevis No.7 in B flat major, Heiller’s Zwei Geistliche Gesänge and Pinkham’s Four Marian Antiphons. Additionally, she has performed Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Dvořák’s Biblical Songs, Górecki’s O Domina Nostra, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, Bach’s Wedding Cantata, “Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten,” and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 “Lobegesang.” Other highlights of her orchestral work include performances of Beethoven’s Egmont (Klärchen), Beethoven’s Symphony Nr. 9, the Brahms Requiem, and Poulenc’s Gloria. She has sung over thirty oratorio roles, ranging from the Bach Magnificat and the VA premiere of the recently discovered Händel Gloria, to the Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio. Her operatic roles include Frasquita and Micaëla in Carmen, the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Musetta in La Bohème, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Liù in Turandot, and Susanna and the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro. A frequent concert and recital artist, Ms. Stauch has offered a variety of programs, including a concert for Soprano and Organ in St. Lorenzen/San Lorenzo, Italy, recitals in Virginia entitled “The French Connection” and “Songs of Love,” and Berlioz’ Les Nuits d’Été.
A native of Washington, D.C., Ms. Stauch graduated cum laude from The Catholic University of America. Her formal music training began at age nine with the study of the piano and her choral/vocal experience began at age sixteen, while she was an exchange student in Stockholm, Sweden. She continued singing under the direction of Dr. Michael Cordovana while at Catholic University. Ms. Stauch has since studied with many other teachers in the U.S. and with Dr. Lydia Buschmann in Munich, Germany. She currently studies with Jane Eaglen. Ms. Stauch has sung under the direction of truly great conductors such as Robert Shaw and James Conlon, and has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington, D.C., and at Carnegie Hall.
A voice, piano, and language/diction instructor for many years, Ms. Stauch speaks French, German and Swedish, and has served as vocal instructor on the faculty at Virginia Wesleyan College. She has directed opera and musical theater workshops and has taught master classes and workshops for various schools and choral organizations. As a singing voice specialist, she has worked with patients recovering from vocal fold injuries, surgery and problems related to vocal misuse, in conjunction with laryngologists and speech pathologists. Ms. Stauch is currently a member of the voice faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University, and maintains a private studio in Medina, Ohio.
She was appointed to the CIM faculty in 2012.
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