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.
In 2014, Ms. Davis performed her first Suzuki in Piedmont Opera’s Madama Butterfly in which Opera Lively said she “is graced with a beautiful and powerful voice. She is also a fine actress, reeling from blows and prostrating herself agilely.” In September 2014, an encore performance of Nathan Daughtrey’s Evenstar took place at The Music Academy of North Carolina.
The 2013-2014 season included a return to Orlando Philharmonic as Berta in Il Barbière di Siviglia and the Winston-Salem Journal said Ms. Davis’ “rich voice was particularly effective” as the mezzo-soprano soloist for Alexander Nevsky with the Greensboro and Winston-Salem Symphonies. Ms. Davis joined friend and colleague, Susannah Steele in recital at The Music Academy of North Carolina and sang in the world premiere of Nathan Daughtrey’s Evenstar arranged for mezzo-soprano, cello and percussion in Graham, NC. Charlotte in Nightingale Opera Theatre’s production of Werther and the alto soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion with The Bel Canto Company. Continued…
Ms. Davis returned to The Glimmerglass Festival to create the role of Mary McCarthy in the world premiere of Jeanine Tesori’s A Blizzard in Marblehead Neck in 2011. She made her Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra debut as Giovanna in Rigoletto and her North Carolina Opera debut as Ines in Il Trovatore, both in 2012. Ms. Davis returned to the Orlando Philharmonic as the “charming” Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. (The Examiner)
Ms. Davis joined Arizona Opera’s Pullin Opera Studio for the 2010/2011 season and performed Kate in Pirates of Penzance, Mercedes in Carmen, and Emilia in Otello. She has also been engaged at Nashville Opera (Giovanna/Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto) and Opera Carolina (Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro and Berta in Il Barbière di Siviglia.) Ms. Davis created the role of “Flo” in the world premiere of Libby Larsen’s Picnic in April 2009. She also made her Piedmont Opera debut as the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel in October 2009.
Ms. Davis 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 Dvořák’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 with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute. “A.J. Fletcher Opera Scenes” credits include Siebel (Faust), Rosina (Il Barbière di Siviglia), Despina (Cosí fan tutte), Carmen, Agnese (Beatrice di Tenda), and Isabella (L’Italiana in Algeri).
Ms. Davis 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 Barbière di Siviglia.
While completing her Master of Music degree 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’ Lakmé. 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.
Ms. Davis’ 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 has also achieved third and second place at the Opera Guild of Charlotte competition in 2006 and 2008 consecutively. 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. Ms. Davis has performed the alto soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion, Jesu meine freude, Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Missa Brevis and C minor Mass, select Monteverdi Vespers, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, and Biebel’s Alleluia. In February 2006, she performed the soprano solo in the North Carolina premiere of Lairs of Soundings by Dan Locklair with the Fibonacci Chamber Orchestra. She also performed Ravel’s Five Greek Folk Songs with the UNCG Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the Concerto Competition in 2005.
Ms. Davis is currently Chair of the Voice Faculty and Director of Community Engagement at The Music Academy of North Carolina, where she has been teaching voice since 2011.