A graduate of¬†Roosevelt University‚Äôs Chicago College of Performing Arts¬†(CCPA) and¬†Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, soprano Marcy Stonikas is a recipient of the prestigious¬†Richard F. Gold Career Grant¬†from the¬†Shoshanna Foundation, as well as a winner of the¬†George London Foundation Vocal Competition¬†and First Prize Winner in the Wagner Division of the¬†Gerda Lissner Foundational Vocal Competition. She is an alumna of the Young Artist Program at¬†Seattle Opera, where she has since returned many times as a principal guest artist.
This season, Ms. Stonikas returns to the¬†Metropolitan Opera, making her company stage debut as A Convict¬†in¬†Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and sings Leonore in Beethoven’s¬†Fidelio¬†with the¬†Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. During the 2023-2024 season, she will make company debuts¬†with¬†Opera Colorado,¬†as Senta in¬†Der fliegende Holl√§nder, and the¬†Dallas Symphony Orchestra, as Gerhilde (also covering Sieglinde) in¬†Die Walk√ľre.
Last season, Ms. Stonikas joined the roster of the¬†Metropolitan Opera¬†to cover the title role in their production of¬†Turandot. During the 2020-2021 COVID-19 affected season, the soprano‚Äôs engagements included Leonore in¬†Fidelio¬†with the¬†South Dakota Symphony Orchestra¬†(cancelled), Mahler‚Äôs¬†Symphony No. 2¬†with the¬†Kalamazoo Symphony¬†(cancelled), a gala concert with¬†Berkshire Opera Festival¬†(cancelled), Santuzza in¬†Cavalleria Rusticana¬†with¬†Seattle Opera¬†(cancelled), and a recital with¬†Seattle Opera¬†as part of the company‚Äôs autumn digital offerings.
Notable operatic engagements include multiple appearances with¬†Seattle Opera¬†as the title roles in¬†Turandot,¬†Fidelio, and¬†Ariadne auf Naxos, Miss Jessel in¬†Turn of the Screw, Gertrude in¬†Hansel and Gretel, Magda Sorel in¬†The Consul, and the High Priestess in¬†Aida; Chrysothemis in¬†Elektra¬†with¬†Minnesota Opera; Senta in¬†Der Fliegende H√∂ll√§nder¬†with¬†Cincinnati Opera; further performances of¬†Turandot¬†with¬†Atlanta Opera,¬†Opera Naples, and¬†Cincinnati Opera, with covers of the role at the¬†Metropolitan Opera¬†and¬†Lyric Opera of Chicago; Leonore in¬†Fidelio¬†with¬†Volksoper Vienna¬†and¬†Princeton Festival; Third Norn in¬†G√∂tterd√§mmerung¬†and Gerhilde in¬†Die Walk√ľre¬†for her debut with¬†Washington National Opera; her role and house debut in the title role in¬†Salome¬†with¬†Utah Opera;¬†Ariadne¬†with¬†Berkshire Opera Festival;¬†Tosca¬†with¬†Arizona Opera¬†and¬†Opera Santa Barbara; Gertrude with¬†San Diego Opera; and multiple performances with¬†Wolf Trap Opera¬†as Antonia in¬†Les contes d‚ÄôHoffmann, Rosaura in Wolf-Ferrari‚Äôs rarely staged¬†Le donne cuirasse, and Donna Anna in¬†Don Giovanni, which she also performed with¬†Opera Santa Barbara. Miss Stonikas also had the unique opportunity to perform the roles of Irene and Mary in the American premiere of¬†Jerry Springer: The Opera¬†with¬†Bailiwick Repertory Theatre¬†in Chicago.
Orchestral highlights include performances of Beethoven‚Äôs¬†Ninth Symphony¬†with¬†San Antonio Symphony¬†and the¬†West Australian Symphony Orchestra; Mahler‚Äôs¬†Symphony No. 8¬†with the¬†South Dakota Symphony; and she sang a blumenm√§dchen in¬†Parsifal¬†with the¬†Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Pierre Boulez.