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“Doche, a former FGO Studio artist, was an aptly coquettish Rosina. Her dusky mezzo timbre is luxuriant but she can spin patter at top speed and her high register has a strong foundation. “Una voce poco fa” and the music lesson scene were showstoppers, sung with plush tone and dexterity. Both Doche and Angelini ornamented their arias in a tasteful manner, the additional trills and melodic variants adding an extra dose of fireworks. With her impressive singing and theatrical flair, Doche appears destined for a major operatic career.
“Michele Angelini as Almaviva and Stephanie Doche as Rosina are clearly the stars of this show…the pair playing off each other with split-second comedic timing and blending mellifluously in duets and ensembles.” -South Florida Classical Review 04.30.23
“Mezzo Stephanie Doche displayed magnificent technique, a complete arsenal of carefully articulated pyrotechnics. In the cavatina ‘Una voce poco fa,’ she demonstrated with complete clarity the two sides of Rosina’s personality – a young, gentle ingenue and a woman in love capable of weaving any ruse in order to attain the love of Lindoro.” -Pró Opera 05.04.23
“In last summer’s Opera Neo production of Handel’s Serse, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Doche proved stellar in the title role, so my expectations for her Ariodante were high. As she sailed through every challenging, vocally intricate aria with unflinching command and vocal allure, she left those high expectations in the dust. But Doche had more than brilliant pyrotechnics in her quiver. Her compelling, second act aria “Scherza infida,” Ariodante’s lament of betrayal by his beloved, proved emotionally searing, one of those moments in opera that suspends time.” -San Diego Story 08.13.22
“The castrato who created the part of Ariodante was a virtuoso, and Handel took advantage of that skill with several astonishing arias. Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Doche conquered these vocal challenges with bravura. She looked the part of the dashing hero to boot. She easily navigated difficult runs and roulades, even when called upon to walk across the company’s legs in an illustration of love’s flight on the wings of constancy.
“Doche’s aria “Scherza infida” showcased beautiful sustained tones, roundly shaped with imperceptible breaths buoying the melody.” -San Diego Union-Tribune, 8.15.22