Vocalist - Mezzo-Soprano
Acclaim
Mahlerfest singers moving, orchestra performs solidly

"Mezzo-soprano Stacey Rishoi would have made a strong impact based on her rich, resonant voice alone, but what most set her apart was her gift for conveying the emotions and the narrative of the texts...She was agile and powerful in the higher range as well, especially in the thrilling and powerful 'horse music' climax of the fourth song.

In the final 'Abschied' — which is as long as the other five movements combined — Woods and Rishoi seemed to be in intimate communion with each other and the audience... Rishoi was both heartfelt and muted in her expression as the text demanded."

Kelly Dean Hansen, Boulder Daily Camera
Verdi's Requiem - Springfield Symphony Orchestra

"Mezzos have it tough in oratorio - they are often in danger of being covered by the orchestra or by the other soloists. Not so Stacey Rishoi, whose voice was powerful as well as beautiful - every bit the equal of her compatriots and of the orchestra."

Clifton Noble Jr., Mass Live
Eugene Symphony closes out 50th anniversary season in spectacular fashion

"Stacey Rishoi added a dramatic flair to her supporting harmonies."

Alison Kaufman, Eugene Register-Guard
Mahler’s Third: a towering GSO achievement

"Mezzo-soprano Stacey Rishoi delivered her fourth movement solo, 'O Mensch! Gib Acht!', with sincere intensity."

Ann Hicks, Greenville Online
Cincinnati Opera's "Carmen" Unqualified Success

“Starring as Carmen was mezzo-soprano Stacey Rishoi, whose sultry voice was ideal for the role.”

Mary Ellyn Hutton, Music in Cincinnati
CARMEN - Cincinnati Opera

“Rishoi … possesses a rich mezzo, particularly in her lower range.... Her finest moment was her third act cantilena. Here, she sang with palpable emotion as she turned over the ace of spades that predicted her fate.”

Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati Enquirer
The Promise of Things to Come in Straightforward Carmen

“Stacey Rishoi sings and acts her role with commitment and with attention to details in text and music, meeting all of its demands head-on.”

Rafael de Acha, Seen and Heard International
Cincinnati Opera rolls out 2014 season with a dramatically fulfilling, well-sung 'Carmen'

“Mezzo-soprano Stacey Rishoi had the requisite lower range in her admirably focused voice to put across the determination of Carmen to be her own woman, even when that means accurately foreseeing her own death.”

Jay Harvey, Upstage
Astoria Music Festival's Wagner concert is an acting as well as musical triumph
“Soloist Stacey Rishoi sparkles in concert performance of 'Die Walkure'. For 68 minutes on the stage of the Liberty Theater Saturday, Stacey Rishoi did something remarkable. She stayed in character. All the time. Every minute. In addition to her powerful voice, the accomplished opera singer demonstrated she is a remarkable actress.”
Patrick Webb, Daily Astorian
Music lovers pack Symphony Hall for Springfield Symphony Orchestra season finale
“Rishoi demonstrated … command of the low and middle voice, delivering her lines with clearly defined beauty.”
Clifton Noble Jr., Massachussets Republican
A Classy, Unpretentious Way of Deciphering Wagner
“This rare breed of dark-hued voice hovers between soprano and mezzo-soprano, and has been well represented by Grace Bumbry, Shirley Verrett, Jessye Norman, Astrid Varnay and Régine Crespin, to mention but five great artists. But you may want to make note of a new one for that list: Stacey Rishoi. The music for Sieglinde sits well in Ms. Rishoi’s imposing voice, which she shared magnificently, giving authority, pathos, vulnerability and impeccable realism to Sieglinde’s narrative ‘Der Männer sippe,’ the ecstatic ‘Du bist der Lenz’ and later, the brief but all-important ‘War es so schmaelich, was ich verbrach.’ Her top voice is steely-bright, the middle warm and velvety, the low end contralto-like. This is an important compass that I look forward to hearing much of in the future.”
Rafael de Acha, Seen and Heard International
I PAGLIACCI & GIANNI SCHICCHI - Cincinnati Opera
“Gianni Schicchi can be summed up in one word: ensemble. Led by de Candia, a series of engaging singers and characters took the stage — Maria Luigia Borsi (a radiant Lauretta), Edgaras Montvidas (a mellifluous Rinuccio), Catherine Keen (a flamboyant Zita) and Stacey Rishoi (an elegant, brilliantly sung Ciesca).”
Charles H. Parsons, Opera News
LA TRAVIATA - Cincinnati Opera
“Also impressive were Stacey Rishoi (a rich-voiced Flora)…”
Joe Law, Opera News
KSO's Saint-Saëns Sizzles
"The performance was sizzling enough to melt any mere ice storm! Chief sizzler was internationally known mezzo-soprano Stacey Rishoi as Dalila. Personally gorgeous in a stunning off-the-shoulder burgundy gown, she commanded the stage. Hers was a Dalila not just mean, but savage. She was out to get her man (Samson). Not for love, but for revenge for the havoc he wreaked on her fellow Philistines. Having already sung the role on stage, Rishoi was basically ‘off-book' and let the drama rip. Her aria ‘Amour viens aider' (‘Love, come aid my weakness') was a stunning invocation as she stalked about the stage. A short time later she sang ‘Ma coeur s'ouvre a ta voix' (‘My heart opens at the sound of your voice') to Samson, so meltingly seductive the guy didn't have a snow ball's chance in the Negev. Rishoi not only has the stage presence and the drama, but a voice of golden beauty, strong as steel, mellow and warm throughout the range, with laser beam top notes that could nail the audience to the back wall. A supreme musician too, Rishoi is the total package."
Charles H. Parsons, Music in Cincinnati
"The nasties of the show were in the fine hands and voices of Gustav Andreassen (Sparafucile) and Stacey Rishoi (Maddalena). Andreassen's midnight-black voice was huge, of silken beauty; his acting fearsome. Rishoi seduced the Duke and half the audience before she even sang a note so striking was her seductive appearance and acting. And she has a laser voice of fine beauty, impeccable musicianship that seduces the ear as well."
Charles H. Parsons, Opera News
Calgary Opera's production of Aida wows the crowd
"Vocally and dramatically, Stacey Rishoi was outstanding as Amneris. Rishoi's voice has the brilliance and energy needed for this demanding role and, dramatically, she was impressive as the conflicted princess. All of her solo moments and duets were special to this production, from the first act duet with Aida to the searing final duet with Radames."

Kenneth Delong, Calgary Herald
Mendelssohn's oratorio soars
"Mezzo-soprano Stacey Rishoi cast an enchanting spell in the famous ‘O rest in the Lord.'"
John Fleming, St. Petersburg Times
Fresno Philharmonic presents Beethoven's Ninth and a world premiere
"The quartet of soloists was outstanding. Matthew DiBattista projected a strong and secure tenor, Stacey Rishoi blended well with her warm mezzo soprano, and Linda Mabbs soared to soul stirring heights with her pure soprano."
Larry Warkentin, Music Critic Fresno
A Offer You Can't Refuse: The Sopranos in Kentucky
"Rishoi's powerful ‘o don fatale' (O fatal gift) from Verdi's Don Carlo was quite simply one of the ‘wow' moments of the evening."
Mary Ellyn Hutton, Music in Cincinnati
3 orchestra legends bow out with Mahler might
"Mezzo soprano Stacey Rishoi sang it with lovely, naive simplicity, beginning to sing without even rising to her feet."
Mary Kunz Goldman, Buffalo News
The Calgary Opera performs Ariadne auf Naxos.
Opera effectively blends comedy, romantic love
"Making her Calgary Opera debut in the role of the composer, Stacey Rishoi was particularly impressive, her singing strong and assured, with the right type of voice for the part."
Kenneth DeLong, Calgary Herald
Cooper leads admirable performance of Mahler's Third
"Rishoi sang with impeccable pitch and a richly colored sound.... The choruses sang with a big sound and clean diction, and Rishoi sang easily and elegantly."
David Williams, Charleston Gazette
Symphony's Mahler work full of wonder
"Rishoi has a wonderful mezzo sound that is perfect for this part."
Rick Justice, Charleston Daily Mail
"It was Rishoi's Adalgisa, however, who nearly stole the show with a performance that was convincing and unwavering from start to finish. In her company debut, Rishoi commanded the stage with a lustrous voice graced with natural expression and a surprising clarion projection." [NORMA - Virginia Opera]
Washington Post
"The most notable triumph came from mezzo-soprano Stacey Rishoi as Amneris.... Rishoi set an aggressive tone early on during her character's confrontational duet with Aida and stayed fully engaged in the Act IV aria in which she decides to spare the life of Radames. Rishoi's transformation was a joy to watch." [AIDA - Orlando Opera Company]
Tampa Tribune
"The most outstanding performance ... was given by mezzo-soprano Stacey Rishoi, with a warm, tonally secure, emotionally expressive voice and a dramatic stage presence that were just right for the role of Sesto." [LA CLEMENZA DI TITO - Wolf Trap Opera]
Washington Post
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