American mezzo-soprano Stephanie Sadownik is a charismatic, versatile performer who is known for her complex characterizations and comedic flair. The 2014-2015 season began with Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti with Sin City Opera. Her debut with the company as Madame Flora in their 2013 production of The Medium was lauded for highly expressive eyes and “magnificent contralto” (LVReview Journal). 2013 bore another debut with Pacific Opera Project as a “hilarious and charismatic” Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro. In the summer of 2013 she returned to the Aspen Music Festival and won praise for her “commandingly serious” La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica and her “realistic comic relief” as Arnalta in L’incoronazione di Poppea (Aspen Times). Past summers in Aspen have earned critical acclaim for Ms. Sadownik, like her “magnetic” Mrs. Lovett with “pin-point comedic timing” in 2012’s Sweeney Todd as well as her “entertaining Samira {in 2010‘s Ghosts of Versailles} which drew laugh after laugh, all the while singingstrongly” (Aspen Times). Selected operatic roles include: Mrs. Grouse; Turn of the Screw, Kate Julian; Owen Wingrave, Olga; Eugene Onegin, Hermia and Hippolyta; A Midsummer Night's Dream, Amastre; Xerxes, Berta; Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Gertrude; Romeo et Juliette, Sorceress; Dido & Aeneas. Ms. Sadownik is a devotee of art song and cabaret. She is an alumna of Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music and a graduate of the Maryland Opera Studio.