Vocalist - Mezzo-Soprano

Stacey Rishoi has received critical acclaim on concert stages across the U.S. for the beauty and power of her mezzo-soprano voice. Of her Adalgisa with Virginia Opera, the Washington Post’s critic stated, “It was Rishoi’s Adalgisa, however, who nearly stole the show with a performance that was convincing and unwavering from start to finish. … Rishoi commanded the stage with a lustrous voice graced with natural expression and a surprising clarion projection.” Her engagements in the 2019-20 season include soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in a return to Greenville Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2018-19 season, Ms. Rishoi was soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Sieglinde in a concert performance of Act I of Die Walküre with English Symphony Orchestra, and operetta highlights in a concert titled “An Afternoon of Operetta” with Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota. Her 2017-18 season included Verdi’s Requiem with Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and Das Lied von der Erde at the Colorado Mahler Festival. She recently returned to Cincinnati Opera to sing the title role of Carmen and Maddalena in Rigoletto; Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos with Toledo Opera and Calgary Opera; Amneris in Aida with Opera Tampa; and Adalgisa in Norma with Virginia Opera. Recent concert performances include Mozart’s Requiem with Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under JoAnn Falletta; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Eugene Symphony; and Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with Greenville Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Rishoi’s opera performance highlights include Amneris with Calgary Opera and Orlando Opera; Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Orlando Opera; Madama Larina in Eugene Onegin with Cincinnati Opera; Waltraute in Die Walküre with Washington National Opera and in Götterdämmerung with Seattle Opera; Fricka in Die Walküre with the Canadian Opera Company; Sesto in La clemenza di Tito and Arsamene in Xerxes with Wolf Trap Opera; Jo in Little Women with Central City Opera and Opera Omaha; Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus with Utah Opera; Mercédès in Carmen with Kentucky Opera; Meg Page in Falstaff with Opera Festival of New Jersey; Flora in La traviata with New Orleans Opera; and Magdalene in Die Meistersinger with the Cincinnati May Festival, conducted by James Conlon.

Ms. Rishoi has met with critical acclaim on concert stages across the U.S. and has garnered an extensive list of symphonic credits. Among her many successes are Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra; and her engagement by Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic for the world premieres of Michael Torke’s Four Seasons, Aaron Kernis’ Garden of Light, and Adès’ America: A Prophecy. Other highlights include Mozart’s Requiem with Virginia Symphony Orchestra, under JoAnn Falletta, and with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Vaughan Williams’ Five Tudor Portraits and Serenade to Music at the Washington National Cathedral; and Dvořák’s Stabat Mater and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Choral Arts Society of Washington, DC. She can be heard on the world premiere recording of Liszt’s St. Stanislaus, conducted by James Conlon, on the Telarc label.

Ms. Rishoi was singled out for her participation in the “Christa Ludwig Song Workshop: Brahms and Mahler,” sponsored by Carnegie Hall. She is a previous winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Norman Treigle Award from New York City Opera. She has served as artist in residence at Festival Dos 100 Dias in Portugal and at the Beaumaris Festival in Wales.


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