Stephanie Foley Davis mezzo-soprano
About Stephanie Foley DavisStephanie Foley Davis was praised by the New York Times in her Glimmerglass Festival debut in The Tender Land as “a poised, touching Ma Moss” and Opera News said she was “a loving, careworn Ma, warm of voice and presence.” Ms. Davis subsequently returned to Glimmerglass to create the role of Mary McCarthy in the world premiere of Jeanine Tesori’s A Blizzard in Marblehead Neck. Of her role debut as Charlotte in Nightingale Opera Theatre’s production of Werther, Cleveland Classical said, “…Foley Davis and Culver were terrific in their singing and in delineating their sadness.”
Ms. Davis has appeared in leading roles throughout the US with companies such as Arizona Opera, Nashville Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Nightingale Opera Theatre, Orlando Philharmonic and almost every professional opera company in North Carolina, including Opera Carolina, Piedmont Opera, North Carolina Opera, and Greensboro Opera, to which she will return as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly in November of 2018. Stephanie makes her company and role debut with Opera Roanoke, singing Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in May 2019. Also this season will see her with North Carolina Opera as Mercédès in Carmen and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Greensboro Opera. Stephanie will make her debut with Memphis Symphony Orchestra for the Messiah under the baton of Robert Moody.
Stephanie also made her debut with the Portland Symphony Orchestra (Maine) to perform the mezzo-soprano solos in Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah” and Jenkins’ The Armed Man under the baton of Robert Moody, after which they reprised the concert with the Winston-Salem Symphony. Other recent credits include Mercédès in Greensboro Opera‘s Carmen, her first Suzuki in Piedmont Opera’s Madama Butterfly, the mezzo soloist in the Winston-Salem Symphony’s Beethoven’s 9th, and as a distinguished alumna in Verdi’s Requiemat The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Joseph Newsome (Voix des Arts) said, “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 created the role of Flo in the world premiere of Libby Larsen’s Picnic in April 2009, commissioned by the UNCG School of Music.
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.