Stephanie Sundine   STAGE DIRECTOR, DRAMATIC COACH & ACTING TEACHER

Coaching & Teaching

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Don Carlos
Photographer - Rod Millington
Courtesy of Sarasota Opera

Ms. Sundine has been an active dramatic coach for many years, assisting singers with role preparation and audition repertoire. She has been a guest stage director and acting teacher in the Boston University Opera Department and has given master classes at Catholic University, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Delaware, among others. She recently taught a two-week Acting Workshop for the Opera New Jersey Studio Artists. She has judged several competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

As a dramatic coach, she has worked with many talented young artists as well as experienced professionals. Her experience first as a singer for 25 years, and more recently as a stage director for more than two decades, makes it possible for her to identify quickly what needs work and how best to tackle a singer's issues. She helps singers deal with stage fright, body language issues and overall presentation, creating more expressive and confident performers.

Teaching/Master Classes

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Aida
Photographer - Kent Miles
Courtesy of Utah Opera

Atlantic Music Festival - Waterville, Maine
Boston University
Catholic University
Central Florida National Association of Teachers of Singing
CoOPERAtive Program for Young Singers Rider University July 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
dell'Arte Opera Ensemble - New York City
Des Moines Metro Opera
Dicapo Opera - New York City
Michigan Opera Theatre
New Triad for Collaborative Arts
Opera New Jersey Studio Artists
Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation
Sarasota Opera Apprentice Artists
Southern Methodist University
Turtle Bay Music School - New York City
University of Delaware
University of Tennessee
Utah Opera Ensemble Artists
Walnut Hill School - Natick, Massachusetts
Private Studio Coaching - New York City

Work with young artists

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Pagliacci
Photographer - Deb Hesser
Courtesy of Sarasota Opera
Opera New Jersey Studio Artists
Ms. Sundine taught a two-week acting workshop for the Opera New Jersey Studio Artists in June, 2011. The workshop included a variety of classes, including stage technique, improvisational work, extensive work on aria texts, clarification of body language and gestures, emotional expression and thorough character development. She included traditional master classes as well as one-on-one intensive coachings.

Sarasota Opera
Ms. Sundine has done many master classes and career classes with the apprentice and studio artists at Sarasota Opera, as well as directing several apprentice scenes with the company.

Utah Opera
Ms. Sundine gave a career class to the Ensemble artists of Utah Opera in Salt Lake City in January 2008, as well as doing two master classes.

Indiana University Opera Theater
Ms. Sundine directed a production of La bohème in 2004, which involved a complete double cast. She rehearsed each cast in every session on their respective scenes, which gave her the opportunity to give the students a great deal of individual attention. Both casts were received very well by the audience and press.

Boston University
Ms. Sundine was a guest Stage Director of the Opera Scenes Program for one semester in 1997.

Competition Judge

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Macbeth
Photographer - Deb Hesser
Courtesy of Sarasota Opera

1996 - Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition
1998, 1999 - Dicapo Opera Theatre Vocal Competition - New York City
1998 - Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions - Pittsburgh District
2008, 2012 - Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions - Michigan District
2009 - Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions - North Carolina District
2010 - Schmidt Youth Vocal Arts Competition - Atlanta, Georgia
2011 - Schmidt Youth Vocal Arts Competition - Lexington, Kentucky
2013 - Schmidt Youth Vocal Arts Competition - Purchase, New York
2013 - Artists Series Vocal Competition - Sarasota, Florida
2014 - Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions DC District
2015 - Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Nebraska District
2016 - Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions - Kentucky District

Panelist

OPERA America Singers' Workshop - 1998