Dr. Stephanie Nakagawa, soprano, has a voice that is “as clear as-a-bell and soaring.” Stephanie specializes in Canadian Opera and is currently collaborating with the Canadian Music Centre to publish a Canadian Opera Aria Anthology series for singers to increase the accessibility, recognition, and performance of Canadian operatic works.
Stephanie received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of British Columbia. She also holds a Master’s degree from Indiana University and was awarded the University of British Columbia Medal upon her B. Mus graduation. She also holds ARCT Performance Diplomas in both piano and voice and is the winner of the Voice National Gold Medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Stephanie has also been awarded the UBC Wesbrook Scholar, UBC Public Scholars Award, Johann Strauss Foundation Scholarship, British Columbia Arts Council Award, Canada Millennium Scholarship, Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Laureate, and the BMO National Scholarship. Stephanie has studied under the tutelage of Nancy Hermiston, Carol Vaness, and Costanza Cuccaro.
Stephanie has been a Gerdine Young Artist with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and a member of their Opera on the Go program. She has won numerous awards including the Western Canada District – Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the BC Provincial Festival of the Performing Arts. Stephanie is also the music director and conductor of a women’s chamber choir, Coro Cantare.
Stephanie’s stage credits include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Vixen (The Cunning Little Vixen), Gretel (Hansel & Gretel), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Amy (Little Women), Musetta (La Bohème), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), and Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring). She has sung with various ensembles including the Aspen Music Festival, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Indiana University Opera Theater, Bard on the Beach, UBC Opera, Westcoast Symphony, Oberlin in Italy, Prince George Symphony, Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, and the North Bohemian Philharmonic (Czech Republic).