Sarah Siobhan Stone, Stage Director (SOARS)
Sarah Stone is thrilled to return to the Bay View Music Festival in 2014 as stage director of Mozart’s opera Così fan tutte and the S.O.A.R.S. Opera à la carte program. Stone’s previous productions at Bay View have been well received by audiences and critics alike. Mary Jane Doerr of the Petoskey News Review claims of the 2012 production of Titanic, the musical, "Sarah Stone's direction is so tight the action never slows down through smoothly changing scenes...It doesn't get any better than this!" and of 2013’s production of Falstaff "This Verdi comedy is fast paced, full of action, tightly as well as imaginatively directed by Sarah Stone in her typical style".
Ms. Stone apprenticed with the Indiana University Opera Ballet Theatre as a stage director and opera administrator under director Vince Liotta (IU & Chicago Lyric Opera), renowned scenic artist David Higgins and Tim Stebbins, Executive Director of Opera Ballet Productions. While pursuing studies in Voice Performance and Opera Stage Direction at Indiana, 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 colleges around the country, most recently at University of Louisiana. With the IU Opera Ballet Theatre she also worked under the direction of Colin Graham, Yefim Maizel, Håkan Hagegård, Michael Ehrman, and James Marvel among others.
Described as a "fearless performer" Ms. Stone's credits include performances with Kentucky Opera & Louisville Ballet, Indiana University Opera Theatre, Dorian Opera and the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood Music Center under the direction of David Effron, Ronald Zollman, Jeff Cook and James Levine. Praised for her dynamic presence and versatility her repertoire covers a broad range from the page boy Stephano in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette to Zita, the overbearing aunt, in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi. An avid collaborator and promoter of new works for the stage, Ms. Stone played the roles of Margaret in Adam Guettel's collegiate premiere of Light in the Piazza as well as Thi Kinh in the workshop premiere of P. Q. Phan's opera The Tale of Lady Thi Kinh. She has also recorded two albums of works by Indiana-based composer Daniel Powers, winner of the Ned Rorem Award for Song Composition. She is a founding member of Yara, a voice/piano based ensemble specializing in Luso-Latin repertoire, along with acclaimed Portuguese pianist Alexandra Mascolo-David.
Sarah hails from London, England, but was raised in São Paulo, Brazil, where she had a career as a professional soccer player and sports commentator before relocating to the United States to pursue musical studies. She lives in the Louisville area with her husband Matthew, a photographer for the Courier-Journal, and their two Jack Russells, Jack and Phoebe.