Earlier this year, Stacey made her American debut as Senta in the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra’s production of Wagner’s opera, The Flying Dutchman, and a repeat appearance request brought her back to South Dakota for the SDSO’s holiday concert, “Christmas on the Prairie.” Later this spring, Stacey sang with the Joplin Symphony in their production of the Brahms German Requiem, in Joplin, MO.
Last season marked a transition into heavier repertoire for Stacey, with a debut in the title role of Tosca with West Bay Opera in Palo Alto, California, in October, and an "einspringen" invitation for an international debut as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer with Opera Siam in Bangkok, Thailand. R. Markow, of Opera Magazine, described Stacey’s performance,
“…display[ing] all the attributes one could wish for in a Wagnerian lyric soprano - sweet, generously vibrant, with enough thrust to project without forcing, and just the right touch of vibrato..."
Proudfoot’s reviews from The Nation in Bangkok and Auditorium Magazine in Germany were glowing:
“Stofferahn, who had only just learned the part, was a revelation as Senta. She completely inhabited the role and met its musical and dramatic demands with complete confidence...For Stofferahn, the evening was a particular triumph. To have learned and mastered her role so fast and then to perform so magnificently was astonishing."
2012/13 appearances include Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte with the South Dakota Symphony in collaboration with Sounds of South Dakota, Inc, Violetta in a concert of La traviata with Heartland Bel Canto in the Atonement Lutheran Concert Series in Kansas City, and a return appearance with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra in the Mozart Requiem.
In 2011, Stacey returned to Gotham Bel Canto in conjunction with The Calhoun School in New York as Berenice in Rossini’s L’occasione fa il ladro, and made her debut with the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony. She also appeared in the First Lutheran Church Concert Series as a soloist in Rutter’s Requiem. Other recent performances include Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro) with New York Lyric Opera Theatre, Sofia (Il signor Bruschino) with Gotham Bel Canto and The Calhoun School, a solo appearance in the Fauré Requiem with the Augustana Concert Series, a debut with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah, as well as a concert debut with the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio.
Stacey has appeared with regional companies and in venues abroad including Vlaamse Opera in Ghent, Belgium; Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Lyric Opera San Diego, Wichita Grand Opera, Union Avenue Opera, Townsend Opera, Gotham Bel Canto, Opera In The Ozarks, Jarvis Zarzuela Festival, Seagle Music Colony, the Civic Opera of Kansas City, and West Bay Opera. Favorite roles include Senta (Der fliegende Holländer), Tosca (Tosca), Violetta (La traviata), Viktoria (Viktoria und Ihr Hussar), Mimì (La bohème), Musetta (La bohème), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Hanna Glavari (The Merry Widow), Franzi (A Waltz Dream), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Magda (La rondine), New Prioress (Dialogues of the Carmelites), and Alice Ford (Falstaff).
Equally at home in concert, Stacey’s solo repertoire includes performances of Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony with the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, the Fauré Requiem with the Augustana Symphony Orchestra, the Rutter Requiem with the First Lutheran Church Concert Series, the Mozart Requiem and the Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G Major with the UMKC Symphony Orchestra and Choirs, the Handel Messiah with both the Tuscaloosa Singers and Orchestra and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.
Theater credits include Velma Von Tussel (Hairspray), Mrs. Millennium (Urinetown) and Marian (The Music Man) with Shawnee Mission Theatre In The Park, the Witch (Into The Woods) with LEAP Productions as well as The Seagle Music Colony, Mrs. Nordstrom (A Little Night Music) with the Civic Opera of Kansas City, Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), Anita (West Side Story), Sister Hubert (Nunsense I and II), all with the Sioux Falls Playhouse, and two cabaret reviews (American Songbook and Christmas In Song) with the Quality Playhouse in Kansas City.
Stacey has been a top prize winner of competitions including the Meistersinger Competition (4th Place and Audience Favorite) in Graz, Austria; the Missouri Federation of Music Clubs Competition (First Place), the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition (First Place-Professional Category, Kansas City Division), the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (First Place-District, Fourth Place-Regional), a finalist in the National Opera Association Vocal Competition, a semi-finalist in the Jensen Foundation, and a finalist in the Charles Lynam Vocal Competition.
Stacey holds a BA in Music Education from Augustana College, a MM in Vocal Performance, a MM in Choral Conducting, and a DMA in Vocal Performance from the Conservatory of Music And Dance at UMKC.