British-Brazilian-American mezzo-soprano, voice teacher and
stage director, Sarah Stone received her Bachelor of Music
from Indiana State University, and Masters of Music in Voice
Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana
University. Currently writing her doctoral document, she is
completing a D.M. in Voice Performance and Literature,
with a minor in Opera stage Direction, at Indiana University.
An experienced vocal pedagogue, Ms. Stone was selected
as a participant in Richard Miller’s two-week intensive
Institute of Voice Performance Pedagogy for two consecutive
summers in 2002 and 2003 where she participated in
masterclassesand seminars with Mr. Miller. She is an alumna
of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music
Center where she coached with Dawn Upshaw, William Sharp,
Lucy Shelton, Dennis Helmrich, Ken Griffiths and Alan Smith.
At Tanglewood she also participated in masterclasses with maestro James Levine, Phyllis Curtin, and William Bolcolm. She has performed under the baton international conductors Craig Smith (Emmanuel Music, Boston), John Poole, James Effron, Ronald Zollman, Rob Fisher and James Levine. A versatile singer-actress on both the opera and musical theatre stage her credits include Stephano and Gertrude in Romeo et Juliette, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Filippyevna in Eugene Onegin, Third Lady in Magic Flute, Margaret in the collegiate premiere of Light in the Piazza, Consuelo and Somewhere Girl in West Side Story, and Aldonza in Man of La Mancha among many others. She has performed professionally, both nationally and internationally, with Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet, Bloomington Summer Music Festival, Bay View Music Festival, and The Traditional Jazz Band. She is a founding member of Yara, a piano-voice based ensemble specializing in the performance and dissemination of little known Iberian, Lusophone and Latin American repertoire, travelling the country offering concerts and masterclasses. Previous academic engagements include instructor of secondary voice at Indiana University, and lecturer in voice positions at Vincennes University in Indiana and Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Her students have been accepted at Indiana University, Ball State University, Boston Conservatory, Interlochen Summer Academy and Bay View Music Festival and have won NATS Regional Auditions and regional pageants.
A seasoned stage director Ms. Stone has directed both opera and musical theatre performances at the Bay View Music Festival for the past three years and is one of the founders of the SOARS program (Summer Opera Arts Song and Recording Seminar) at that festival. Stone apprenticed as a stage director and opera administrator at the Indiana University Opera Ballet Theatre under director Vince Liotta (IU & Chicago Lyric Opera), renowned scenic artist David Higgins and Tim Stebbins, Executive Director of Opera Ballet Productions. While working toward a degree in Voice Performance and Opera Stage Direction at IU, she was commissioned to write an adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado for the undergraduate opera workshop, set in a Nissan Factory in Tennessee, which has been produced at universities around the country, and most recently at University of Louisiana. With the IU Opera Ballet Theatre she has worked under the direction of Colin Graham, Yefim Maizel, Håkan Hagegård, Michael Ehrman, and James Marvel among others.